Does love really conquer all or is it destiny who determines the lover’s fate? Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare, Play, is a story about two “star-crossed lovers” (Shakespeare Prologue.6) whose love is fatal because of their opposing families and misfortunate events lead the couple to their death. In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare uses the motif of destiny to suggest that destiny is inevitable because everyone has their own fate for a reason which cannot be altered no matter the great lengths taken.
In times of despair destiny was always to blame for making insane decisions. After Just killing Tybalt, Romeo worryingly tells Benvolio, “O, I am fortune’s fool!” (Shakespeare 3.1.128). Since Tybalt kills Mercutio; Romeo, in a moment of great desperation, kills Tybalt as a result of revenge. This goes to show that fate made Romeo weak and distressed, leading him to make an irrational decision of killing his wife’s cousin, Tybalt, ...view middle of the document...
” (Shakespeare 4.4.21) then she lays down a dagger. This goes to show that in desperate times that destiny puts people in, they make irrational decision. Such as Juliet taking the potion and having a backup plan of stabbing herself if all else fails.
Because of destiny, The Tragic couple, are not able to be together, so they try to change it. Juliets eagerly agrees to marry count Paris, so in response her dad moves up the original date of their wedding early and Capulet says, “I'll Have this knot knit up by tomorrow morning.” (Shakespeare 4.2.45). In response of her parents moving up the wedding day, this gives her less time to take the potion and does not allow Romeo to come at the right time for her awakening from the potion. Ruining her plan to go against destiny. Subsequent to finding out that Juliet was dead, Romeo ragingly screams to the stars, “ Is it e’en so? Then I defy you, stars!” (Shakespeare 5.7.24). This proves how Romeo alike to Juliet, together make a plan to go against fate, but instead fail.
In addition, to destiny having a plan for the couple which cannot be changed, there is events that foreshadow their death. Before Romeo leaves to Mantua, Juliet tells Romeo, “ O God, I Have an ill-divining soul! Methinks I see thee, now thou art below, As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.” (Shakespeare 3.4.54). This foreshadows their death because they both die in result of trying defy fate. After entering the room, Romeo tells Balthasar about his supposedly happy dream, and tells hims, “ I dreamt that my lady came and found me dead (Strange dream that gives a dead man leave to think!)” (Shakespeare 5.1.6). As in case of, this foreshadows the tragedy of their death to yet to come, since their love is undestined.
In conclusion, Destiny cannot be changed. No matter the irrational decisions fate can cause people to make. Not even if there a loophole in destiny and even if you can tell what is going to happen! So just let life play out how it wants and enjoy life no matter the circumstance life puts you through. Don’t be like Romeo and Juliet and try to change fate and go to crazy lengths such as committing suicide to end your life. Shakespeare uses Romeo and Juliet as an example of what can happen if someone tries to modify destiny.