Role of Fate in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Role of Fate in Romeo and Juliet “Who would think that fate and destiny would play a big role in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? Fate is the belief that an individual's life is being decided for them and there is nothing they can do to change it. Based on Dictionary.com definition, fate is "something that unavoidably befalls a person". However, in this play, Romeo and Juliet, fate is a reality. It seems like a constant happening and is always creating trouble especially between the Capulets and Montagues. The idea of fate works on several stages. Shakespeare chooses Romeo and Juliet from two families that are against each other, and there is nothing these two lovers can do about this. We can see many examples of fate through the play that are as follows: One of the first examples of the fate in Romeo and Juliet is before the play begins. The Prologue points out that there is fate between Romeo and Juliet. It mentions them as “star-crossed lovers” and their love as “death-marked” that implies they have no control over what is going to happen. Audiences can clear imply that their love will change to a tragedy. The second fated event is when Peter, a Capulet servant, reach Romeo to ask to assist him in reading the list of the guests to Capulet’s feast. As Romeo reads the list, he notices that his first love, Rosaline, will be attending the feast. Fate brought Peter to ask Romeo for help which resulted in Romeo seeing Rosaline's name, going to the party, meeting Juliet,
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