Fate And Fate In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Fate has played a tremendous role in Shakespeare’s most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. If it was not for fate and destiny, characters would not be pulled into such an animated state which engages and thrills the audience as it is exactly what destined the two young lovers to meet, love and ultimately meet their demise. Fate manifests itself throughout the play by acting in all the surrounding events of the two lovers: the ancient and incomprehensible feud between their families, the catastrophic number of mishaps, and the tragic timing of Romeo’s death. The poet skilfully employs the use of structural devices, dialogue and foreshadowing to foretell the fate of the two star-crossed lovers. The structure of the play is laid out according…show more content…
The omens can be used to reference to the stars and how the two lovers are “star-crossed” constantly reminding the audience of their fate. These omens are so evident that even the characters are aware of them. In Act 1, Scene 4 (line 107-114) Romeo envisions his death is quickly approaching and will happen upon this night: “some consequences yet hanging in the stars.” Shakespeare also uses diction to remind the audience that Romeo’s future is out of his control as his fate is “hanging in the stars.” The word “hanging” implies that Romeo’s destiny has already been set and it is out of Romeo’s reach to change, whilst “the stars” remind the audience of the “star-crossed lovers” in the prologue. Furthermore, in the Elizabethan times, people’s fate were controlled by “the stars” as they believed in astrology and its ability to control one’s fate. Romeo’s premonition is also keeping with what the Chorus tells the audience in the Prologue further solidifying fates decided role in the…show more content…
In Act 3, Scene 5 (Line 59-64) Juliet appears to be talking to fate and fortune itself: “O fortune, fortune! All men call thee fickle.” This could have deeper implications that Shakespeare is referencing to the Roman goddess of fortune “Dame Fortuna.” Dame Fortuna is often portrayed as “fickle” (unpredictable) goddess since she can cause men to rise to great heights or to cast them down in an instance. Therefore, Juliet begs “fortune” to spare Romeo since he is so full of “faith” that “fickle” fortune should want nothing to do with him. Since the goddess plays the role of fate and fortune it plays along with the statements of the Chorus in the Prologue once again reminding the audience that Romeo and Juliet’s path is set and there is nothing they can do to change it despite their free will, that fate is determined from the beginning and it is unchangeable or easily influenced as the Chorus said that the two children are “star-crossed lovers” in the prologue. This also causes the audience to question their free will as they are put in the passenger’s seat forced to watch all the events unfold despite their prior knowledge, allowing the audience to experience fate first
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