Romeo and Juliet Fate Essay

1103 Words Jun 5th, 2013 5 Pages
‘Shakespeare intends the audience to see that the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet was destined to happen’
In the play, Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, is about two “star crossed” lovers who are destined to end in a tragic accident. Fate is the path that leads to the future and cannot be altered no matter the outcome. Set in Shakespearean time, fate was believed to be in control of people’s lives. The fact that Romeo and Juliet would never live a peaceful life, none of the tragedies would have not taken place if they had not met. In the prologue of the play, Shakespeare outlines that “two star’d crossed lovers take their life”. This foreshadowing creates the sense that fate shall claim superiority. The powerful nature of Romeo
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This foreshadowing becomes true when Juliet kills herself. Shakespeare intended the reader to think that fate was in command when he mentions the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet who were “star cross’d lovers “, meaning that the two were chosen by fate to be together. Even though they were chosen by the stars, Shakespeare says that they were “death mark’d”, implying that the only way to preserve their love was in the afterlife. Many tragedies that occurred were intended to happen, for instance, when Tybalt was killed by Romeo. Shakespeare creates the character Tybalt to refer to him as “Fortunes fool”, thus meaning he is merely just a puppet being toyed by fate. But before anyone was massacred, fate already had arranged Romeo and Juliet’s marriage to go downhill when Lord Capulet decided for Juliet to marry Paris.
Romeo and Juliet’s love was a powerful nature which can only be accepted after death. When the two strangers decided to get married, Friar Lawrence who was to wed them sensed that Romeo and Juliet were “Wisely and slow they stumble that run fast”. Friar Lawrence said this because he believed that it would bring peace upon the families if Romeo and Juliet were to marry. Even though the odds of the two lovers being accepted from feuding families were incredibly slim, it was fate that brought them together. Lord Capulet who would never allow Romeo and Juliet to be married gave Paris his daughter’s hand in marriage. Upset about being in a second
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