Fate, The Killer Of Love Essay

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In William Shakespeare’s, Rome and Juliet, two star crossed lovers take their own lives as a series of events which seem to have been unavoidable, took place. There are many characters in the play that you could blame for the death of these two lovers, but ultimately, fate is the one responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet. Beliefs, Coincidences and the term “star crossed” all point towards fate killing Romeo and Juliet.
The first reason why fate is responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet is because characters in the play believe in fate. Romeo, Juliet and Friar Lawrence all mention that fate (or destiny) has something to do with their futures. In the line “Some consequence yet hanging in the stars/ shall bitterly begin his fearful date….” (1.4.13), Romeo says he has a feeling that something bad is going to happen, something they can not avoid. This is right before he meets Juliet. Another line that shows Romeo believes in fate is: “…He that hath steerage of my course/ Direct my sail…” (1.4.112-13). this line directly refers to a “higher power”, he then goes on to ask the “higher power” for guidance. This line is significant because it shows his opinion on his own life. Fate is mysterious and something that we can’t prove or disprove. If we believe in something, then to us, it’s true (like god). Romeo believes in Fate, which leads to fate killing him and his wife.
Another Example of Fate in Romeo and Juliet is that it just so happens that the person Juliet falls in love with is a Montague. It started off with the fact that Romeo and Juliet were born into families that were in a feud with each other, and that It just so happens that they see each other at the Capulet party. In one of the most famous quotes of all time, “What's in a name? That which we call a rose/ by any other name would smell as sweet” (2.1.43-44) is what Juliet says to her self as Romeo listens from below her balcony. This line is a great philosophical question which asks, what is a name? Does it influence who we become?...

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