Theme of fate in Romeo & Juliet - GCSE coursework

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Shakespeare Controlled Assessment - Draft Despite fate’s grasp on Romeo and Juliet being clear from the beginning, their choices in the play cause fate to build momentum and accelerate their lives to their inevitable end. Shakespeare’s original presentation of fate is of an inescapable event, but how the characters get there is less certain and more chance. Whereas Luhrmann’s fate is cruller and more controlling, but both interpretations of fate have the result of uniting the feuding families. Fate commands the lives of the characters from birth, with their deaths predetermined by generations of feuding and violence. In the prologue Shakespeare reveals the traumatic ending, that “a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life” before…show more content…
She tells lady Capulet “it is an honour i dream not of” this use of inverted syntax suggests Juliet is not ready to marry, and so her marriage to Romeo will not work. Luhrmann’s eccentric Lady Capulet is over the top, and does not care about her daughter, shown by the sped up frames. This increases Juliet’s isolation, meaning fate is more likely to succeed. There are numerous warnings of fate in the play; all are ignored. Before the Capulet party, Romeo senses fate presence and he will be bound to it after that night. He feels there is “some consequence yet hanging in the stars” but ignores the signs and goes anyway. Luhrmann heightens the significance of this line by fading out non-diegetic sound and having Romeo look at the starts, which as supposedly commanding his destiny. Fate is also personified as cruelly taunting the characters, Later Juliet knows things are moving too fast, but doesn’t have the power to control her own emotions. “I have no joy of the contract tonight, it is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden” Another warning sign has been ignored. Fate is a punishment; the fatal consequences in the play are inevitable because of the characters choices and actions. When Romeo takes revenge on Tybalt for the murder of Mercutio, he feels someone must die to pay for the death “Either thou or I, or both must go with him” The use of imperative and list of three gives the impression there is no choice. Luhrmann’s

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