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Theme Of Fate And Choice In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The Theme of Fate and Choice, in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

In William Shakespeare's tragic play Romeo and Juliet, there are four quotes about fate and choice. The characters in the play choose their own fate, it happens because of their choices or actions. First, in the beginning of the play Romeo and Juliet are referred to as 'a pair of star-crossed lovers' (Romeo and Juliet, Prologue). Second, Romeo explains to Mercutio how he has a dream that if he goes to the Montague party he will die, but Romeo chooses to go to the party anyway. Third, Romeo kills Tybalt right after his marriage to Juliet. Fourth, Romeo decides to commit suicide because he hears of Juliet's death.
The first quote on fate and choice is 'a pair of star crossed lovers' (Romeo and Juliet, Prologue). The above quote shows the theme of fate because the quote establishes to the audience that Romeo and Juliet are fated to die in the play.
The second quote is
I fear, too early, for my mind misgives
Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,
Shall bitterly begin his fateful date
With this night?s revels, and expire he term
Of a despised life closed in my breast
By some vile forfeit of untimely death.
But He that hath the steerage of my course
Direct my sail.
(Romeo and Juliet, Act I: iv, 106-113)
Romeo is telling Mercutio that he has a dream. The dream is that if Romeo goes to the Capulet party he will die. Yet, he decides to go to the party anyway. The above quote is important to the theme of fate and choice, because most plays about fate and choice usually show the main character trying to change their fate but having their fate come true anyway. Romeo, however, chooses to go to the party despite of his ominous dream. The quote shows what happens to Romeo happens because he chooses to go to the party.
The third quote is ?O, I am fortunes fool!? (Romeo and Juliet, Act III: I, 135). Romeo has just married Juliet and he goes into the town square where Tybalt is waiting there to fight him. Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt because Romeo has a love for Tybalt but Romeo cannot tell Tybalt how he loves Tybalt....

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