English 10, orange
13 January, 2014
Foreshadow and the Power of Destiny
The idea of fate and destiny has caught the attention of many writers, one of them being William Shakespeare. In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses foreshadowing to show the power of destiny between Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers. Learning that Romeo and Juliet’s fate is in the stars introduces a major theme to the reader; the power of destiny. Throughout the play, there are intense senses and lines that foreshadow the fate of Romeo, Juliet, the Capulet’s, and the Montague’s.
In the prologue Shakespeare tells the readers, “A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life” (Shakespeare, Act 1- prologue). This is telling the readers flat out the outcome of the two lovers. The word “star-cross’d” itself is foreshadowing the fate of Romeo and Juliet. Star-cross’d is an indication to lovers whose affection for each other is doomed to end in tragedy. It is also a reference to anyone who fights against their fate that is written in the starts (Yahoo).
Towards the beginning of the play Romeo is in love with Rosaline, who does not love him back. Benvolio, Romeos good friend, tries to talk Romeo out of his “love-sickness” for Rosaline. In doing so, Benvolio says to Romeo, “Take thou some new infection to thy eye, and the rank poison of the old will die” (Act 1, scene 2). Benvolio, being right, Romeo soon spots Juliet. After seeing her, Romeo’s love for Rosaline is gone.
Shakespeare somewhat makes it seem that he does not want Romeo and Juliet together by making complications for them. Tybalt desires to fight Romeo, but Romeo being married to Juliet refuses. Mercutio then fights Tybalt in place of Romeo. The fight between Mercutio and Tybalt marks the start of the unfortunate downfall of Romeo and Juliet. When Mercutio shouts “A plague on both your houses” (Act 3, scene 1) we are reminded of what the lovers fate will be. This gory scene that characters are killed in, gives the reader a preview as to what destiny is awaiting Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo imagining that Mercutio’s death is hovering above him causes Romeo to feel the need to fight Tybalt to...