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"Romeo And Juliet" By William Shakespeare.

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The Fate of Romeo and JulietThe disastrous death of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, was fated before their decisions could prevent their deaths. In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, many hints and signs of foreshadowing were given to this tragedy that is fated in the stars. Shakespeare says throughout the book that Fate really controlled the destiny these two lovers face. Even the Prologue points out that their love is "death-marked," and because of their lineage, their love and lives are destined to end in tragedy. Romeo and Juliet have very little to do with what happens to them by the end of the play. Different decisions would still have somehow led to the terrible outcome. It is sheer misfortune and fate that lead to the sorrowful and tragic ending.Peter runs into Romeo and Benvolio on the street and asks them for help with reading the list of names of the guests that are to attend the Capulets feast that night. Had Romeo not run into Peter, he would have never gone to the feast to meet Juliet. But with Romeo's luck, only fate and coincidence could have made this encounter possible, for it was this encounter that resulted in them meeting each other in the first place. Before Romeo enters the house of the Capulets, Romeo speaks of danger to come: "...Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,/ Shall bitterly begin his fearful date/ With this night's revels and expire the term/ Of a despised life, closed in my breast,/ By some vile forfeit of untimely death." (Act 1, Scene 4, lines 107-111). Romeo senses that something bad may occur based on his fate.Friar Lawrence and Romeo enter waiting in the friar's cell for Juliet to arrive. He warns Romeo about acting on impelling force rather than thought: "These violent delights have violent ends/ And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,/ Which, as they kiss consume." (Act 2, Scene 6, Lines 9-11). Even the Friar's warnings presage that there will be negative and destructive consequences to his actions. Even Romeo himself realizes that fate has much to do with the events that have taken place, because when Benvolio returns and tells him that Mercutio is dead, Romeo is outraged: "This day's black fate on more days doth depend;/ This but begins the woe others must end." (Act 3, Scene 1, lines 118-19). He seems to know that something else is fated to occur, something that will end the feud between their families.On top of all these indications, Romeo and Juliet also have dreams and images of their deaths similar to the way they turn out near the end. While Romeo is in Juliet's bedchamber, and they are saying their last good-byes, Juliet argues that she hears the nightingale, the bird of the night, and that it's not time for Romeo to leave yet. Romeo replies that it is the lard, the bird of the morning, and that he must leave, so he will not be put to death. They wonder if they will meet again, and Juliet tells Romeo of her vision of him dead at the bottom of a tomb: "Methinks I see...

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