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Fate In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

When William Shakespeare wrote ‘Romeo & Juliet’ he told a tale of “A
pair of star crossed lovers”. The role of fate plays an important role
in the play. The themes of conflict, love, revenge, religion & destiny
all tie in with the role of fate. Romeo & Juliet were both born into
and “ancient grudge” fuelled by two formidable families, the Capulets
and Montagues.

Fate plays a very important role in the play, and at the end of the
play we come to the tragic deaths of Romeo & Juliet. During Act 1,
scene 5, illustrations of death are prompted by fate; Juliet seems to
know what would happen. “My grave is to be like my wedding bed”. We
also see this in the speech of Romeo in Act3, scene 3. “Thou cuts my
head off with a golden axe”, “No sudden mean of death” and “Hadst thou
no poised mixed, no sharp-ground knife”. William Shakespeare uses
symbols of death and this gives us some ideas about what may happen in
the end of the play.

This play is filled with the “what ifs” What if the servant never met
someone else, instead of Romeo? What if the family ball was planned
for a different night? And what if Rosaline never met Romeo? Or what
if Rosaline wasn’t invited to the ball? If any of these never
happened, then Romeo wouldn’t have met Juliet and the play would not
have ended as a tragedy. All these things were for fate to decide.
This is why the love of Romeo and Juliet is prompted by the role of
fate. However, fate is feared by the characters. Romeo is afraid of
what fate has lead him up to, “is love a tender thing? It is too
rough, too rude, too boist’rous and it pricks like thorn”, “I fear too
early for my mind misgives” and “shall bitterly begin his fearful
date”, which can be found during Act 1, scene 5. These quotes
symbolizes that what fate has been trying to tell Romeo if he goes to
the Capulets Ball. In Act 1, scene 5, Romeo happens to have a sense of
his own fate, “is love a tender thing?” This quote shows that love
will not be so “tender” if he does go to the feast. Juliet is afraid
of what fate would lead her too “as one dead in the bottom of a tomb”.
Juliets speeches contain illustrations and ideas of death as well as
Romeo’s.

The love relation ship we see in Romeo & Juliet is not the love which
has the feelings of freedom & happiness in their lives, but is full of
emotions of separation and the thought of never revealing their love
to their families “Alas that love, whose view is being muffled still”.
Words such as “muffled” bring together things that are temporary and
diminished, which reflects back to the way love is shown in Romeo &
Juliet. In Act 3, scene 2, Juliet is unsure whether she loves or hates
Romeo. We know this, because we see it in her speech. Juliet describes
Romeo as, “serpent heart”, “beautiful...

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