William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Within the play of Romeo and Juliet fate is very important and is
often mentioned. The events that lead up to the deaths of the couple
could either be seen as bad luck or a direct result of Romeo and
Juliet's own personalities and actions.
The prologue tells us the story in advance, allowing us to overview
the actions of the couple. We know from this prologue that Romeo and
Juliet are spoken of as 'star-crossed' and that fate is supposedly
against them. The prologue tells us that the deaths of the
'star-crossed lovers' is the only way to end their 'parents rage.' In
this essay I am going to discuss the references to fate within the
play and to what extent fate, Romeo and Juliet's own personalities and
actions and the actions and personalities of different people around
them are responsible for the lover's tragic end.
The first reference to fate is made even before the play really
begins, when the chorus tells us, 'from forth the fatal loins of these
two foes a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life' This
implication suggesting that even before the play has begun it is fate
driven, the chorus also tells us that 'lovers take their life' here
Shakespeare is telling us the ending before the beginning.
Romeo himself refers to fate when he is about to enter the Capulet's
party, (act 1, scene 4) he says; 'I dreamt a dream tonight' here Romeo
uses premonition. He is almost telling the reader that something bad
may happen and predicting his own death. Later in the scene Romeo
expresses a sense of doom for he 'fears too earlyâ€¦.some consequences
yet hanging in the stars' shall bitterly lead to his death.
The next reference to fate is when Romeo and Juliet re-meet at night,
in the Capulet garden. In this scene (act 2, scene 2) Romeo says 'by
love, that first did prompt me to inquire, he lent me..' here we get
the impression that fate is on the couples side. Romeo is suggesting
to Juliet that love had sent him to her this is not only fate, but
adds to Romeos romance in wooing Juliet. This is an important
reference to fate, for Romeo later feels that fate is against him and
that he is 'fortunes fool.'
As the couple confess directly their love for one another Juliet
speaks of her only problem, that Romeo is a Montague, 'tis but thy
name that is my enemy; thou art not a Montagueâ€¦O, be some other name,'
Juliet then panic's for her lovers safety 'if they do see thee they
will murder thee,' Romeo tries to calm his lover, in a romantic way by
telling her that he would rather be killed than live with out her, for
his love for her is so great. 'But thou love me, let them find me
here. My life were better ended by their hate, than death prorogued,
wanting of thy love.' Little did Romeo know that he again was
predicting his own fate, for he...