On a few occasions, Romeo speaks about Fate, and even to Fate himself. I believe that Romeo has a special relationship with Fate as the other characters do not. After Tybalt slayed Romeo’s friend Mercutio, Romeo says he is going to kill Tybalt for the love he’s changed into hatred so quickly. Romeo makes a rash decision to end his life for what he has done to his dear friend. “This day’s black fate on more days doth depend; this but begins the woe others must end.” (3.1. Lines 118-119) Here, Shakespeare foreshadows destined murder. After Romeo kills Tybalt, he realizes he is the victim of his fortune. He no longer has any control over fate, and he has ruined his future with Juliet. “O, I am fortune’s fool!” (3.1. Line 135)This line suggests that fate is to be blamed for the murder of Tybalt.What happens after this point is completely influenced by the grave mistake Romeo has made. Romeo and Juliet are identified as the pair of “star crossed lovers” in the prologue, meaning that the stars are against them. “Is it even so? Then I defy you, stars!” (5.1. Line 24) After being given the news that Juliet is dead, Romeo defies the stars. Defiance is to openly resist a force. In this case, Romeo is opposing fate. In the end, Romeo’s efforts are fruitless, him and his newly wedded wife both die, due to Fate’s inevitable power.
Romeo and Juliet was set in the Elizabethan era, where they strongly believed in fate and superstitions. In that time, people believed that they had no influence over their course of life, as it was written in the stars. Romeo and Juliet, the Nurse and the Friar are all well that fate is running their lives. On their last night together before he leaves Verona, the couple feels helpless. “O Fortune, Fortune! All men call thee fickle.” Juliet is saying that fortune is unchangeable, and she hopes fortune will not keep him away from her much longer. Juliet depends on fate to bring her Romeo back, but obviously fate had other plans. Friar Lawrence points a finger at fate as well. “Unhappy fortune!” (5.2. Line17) Friar Lawrence discovers that Friar John was unable to give Romeo the letter that explains Juliet isn’t really dead. “A greater power than we can contradict hath thwarted our intents.” The Friar doesn’t want to take responsibility for what has happened, and tells Juliet that either God or fate has ruined their plans.
If fate were to be a character in Romeo and Juliet, it’d be father time. Coincidences are the key reason the play had come to a tragic end. The fact that Romeo and Juliet even met was a major coincidence. A servant asked Romeo to read names off a list for a Capulet party. “Find them out whose names are written here!” (1.2. Line 38) Romeo reads the entire list, and he knows that the party will consist of Capulet’s, “But He that hath the steerage of my course direct my sail!” (1.4. Line 112-113) These are the lines Romeo says after Benvolio convinced him to go along with them to seek beautiful women at a Capulet party. Romeo is saying he’ll let fate guide the way, even though Romeo knows he had a dream about death upon himself. Another example of coincidence is the fact that Capulet wanted to marry Juliet off to Paris right after Tybalt’s death. In the beginning he felt his daughter was still too young for marriage. “Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn,” (3.5. Line 113)This was very unfortunate for Juliet because she had already gotten married to her lover, Romeo. After all of this, Juliet could not take it and she decided she had to be with him, no matter what. She spoke to Friar Lawrence, and the Friar gave her a potion to fake death until Romeo comes back to retrieve her. Friar sent out an urgent letter addressed to Romeo with Friar John. Coincidentally the letter was not able to reach Mantua, where Romeo resides. “I could not send it, — here it is again, — Nor get a messenger to bring it thee, so fearful were they of infection. “(5.2. Line 14) There was a plague in Mantua, and no one could travel past the border until it was gone. This was a coincidence that it happened to arrive right when the letter was going to be delivered to Romeo. The biggest coincidence throughout the play, that would have been the difference between life and death for the star-crossed lovers, was in the tomb. Romeo is given the news that his wife has died, in haste, without seeking help from the Friar. He entered the tomb where Juliet appeared to be dead, and then he killed himself. If fate allowed Juliet to wake up even 2 seconds before Romeo committed suicide, I’m sure they’d both be alive, but that is not what happened. Juliet killed herself because she couldn’t bare the death of her only husband. Fate has set all of these events, in perfect order to unite the Capulet’s and the Montague’s.
Fate is an inevitable force used as a special character, unseen and unheard, but there nonetheless. Each character in the story is aware of fate, and most of all, Romeo has a special relationship with fate. Unfortunate events throughout the play are caused by fate, many parts are coincidences that are the difference between life and death for the star crossed lovers. The stars are against Romeo and Juliet, and what happens is coordinated with fate’s cruel plan. A little freedom is given, on fate’s command. It is evident that fate is the cause of their tragic end, and their families’ new beginning.
Fate In Romeo and Juliet Essay
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, is a famous tragic love story that bases on a young couple from the rival families, the Montagues, and the Capulets, in which the death of the young couple finally end the ‘ancient grudge’ between the two families. Their result of death is believed to be cause mostly by the fate, which brings them closer and closer to their inevitable destiny, death. In many places in the play Shakespeare also uses words like ‘fortune’, ‘sail’, ‘stars’ to reveal that fate and destiny, are the main elements in the play that causes their untimely death. In the Prologue, it is mentioned that’ A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life’ (l.6), which outlines the destinies of both Romeo and Juliet, and is already…show more content…
This premonition explains how Romeo’s life is predetermined by fate. Base on his fate he can senses some ominous things are going to happen. In Act 3 Scene 5, line 53~56, Juliet also has a premonition, she knows that she is an ‘ill-divining soul’, and has a feeling of ‘either my eyesight fails, or thou look’st pale.’ Again at the end of the play it happens as well. Juliet closes her eyes and Romeo is found pale when Juliet wakes up. In Act 1 Scene 5 Juliet foreshadows her own death. In line 148~149 Juliet mentioned:’ Go ask his name: if he be married. /My grave is like to be my wedding bed.’ At the end of the story Juliet is dead- with the grave as her wedding bed. It reflects that fate has already controlled where Juliet is going to ‘stay’ until the end of her life. Once again premonitions of Juliet show us how Romeo and Juliet’s destinies are preordained; but unfortunately they ignore their premonitions. If they are aware of it, they may not have died. Fate has ‘sent messages’ to them, but it is up to them ‘whether taking it or not’, and Romeo and Juliet choose not to in the story. Also, not only the audience think they are controlled, the characters also think their lives are controlled by fate as well. Another example of fate is in Act 1 Scene 2, when the servant of the Capulets meets Romeo and Benvolio. It is fate that causes Peter the servant to run into them, and enables Romeo to read