The Role Fate Plays in Shakespeare's Romeo and Julite

1149 WordsJun 16, 20185 Pages
“What's meant to be will always find a way,” claimed Trisha Yearwood on the theme of fate. “Romeo and Juliet” was undoubtedly one of the most well-known romantic tragedies written by William Shakespeare. It centred around two lovers from feuding families, who take their own lives. Their deaths ironically created an atmosphere where their love could freely flourish for it reconciled the two families. We were introduced to the play by a prologue that concretely mentions Fate’s influence on the course of the story. Attempting to antagonize destiny had proven to have been pointless throughout the tragedy. The greatest land mine prepared by Fate on Romeo and Juliet was the sudden plague in Mantua which triggered the finishing bombs to…show more content…
Friar Laurence also tried to counter Fate as he helped stop the early suicides of Romeo and Juliet in the third act. He advised Romeo and Juliet with well-thought-out plans to solve their conflicts resulting from the family feuds. None of which actually ended the way he had wanted with the exception of his first plan on turning the Montagues and the Capulets’ “rancour to pure love” through the two lovers’ marriage, although, he did not see their suicides coming into the equation. When he had noticed that his plans kept backfiring after Romeo’s banishment, the sudden urgency of Juliet’s marriage to Paris, and the letter not reaching Romeo, he knew he was up against “A greater power than we [Friar Laurence and Juliet] can contradict”. Even the Friar, himself, acknowledged how much power Fate had. Romeo and Juliet did not wish to die by their own will, they struggled to keep their hearts beating, however, at every punch thrown at their destiny, Fate simply swept them off their feet over and over again until it had came to a point where they had snapped and decided to just end it by killing themselves. These defiance fuelled by the strong sense of free will being rendered useless simply shows how huge and how much power Fate holds in the play. This was the same power displayed as Fate was able to pull out its trap card and lay it down on the battlefield, which had caused everything to crumble down to dust for Romeo and Juliet. The sudden plague outbreak in

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