In addition to reigning over their love lives, fate also causes the downfall of Romeo and Juliet. Near the end of the play, it appears Romeo and Juliet have a significant
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
Fate was foreshadowed to be an antagonist in the play Romeo and Juliet; even before the play started; it was foreshadowed in the prologue that the “star-crossed lovers” were “death-marked”. Fate impedes the union of a happy marriage between Romeo and Juliet by throwing many barricades in their way. One such barrier is their lineage; because Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet, they are enemies by blood. Nevertheless, they
Many people blame fate for the death of Romeo and Juliet. One reason being that Romeo and Juliet’s meeting at the party was determined by fate. However, Romeo went to the party because of love, and he wanted to see if he could find some else better than Rosaline. He saw Juliet and found a new love. Therefore, love is a stronger competitor than fate for their meeting. Moreover, another argument is that the prologue calls Romeo and Juliet “star-crossed lovers”, also known as lovers who are doomed because of outside forces (such as fate). While Romeo and Juliet may have had tough circumstances regarding their relationship, their doom was their own decision. They killed themselves in the name of love, not because of chance or
Throughout Romeo and Juliet we get an indication of what role fate plays. As a matter of fact, in the prologue we are told of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The Chorus says, “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life”(Prologue, 5-6). In other words, the chorus is saying that two disadvantageous children of the enemy bloodline become lovers and take their own lives. As Friar Laurence said, both families have good and evil within them. Duality is even more understandable when love is thrown into the mix. The hatred that Romeo and Juliet are, supposedly, required to feel towards each other’s family is in contradiction to their rather all-consuming obsessive relationship. As Juliet grieves after learning Romeo’s name she so abruptly comments, “My only love sprung from my only hate!/Too early seen unknown, and known too late! / Prodigious birth of love it is to me,/That I must love a loathed enemy”(I, v, 138-141). In the hope that Romeo and Juliet can be together, she is willing to do anything to be with him. Immediately following, Juliet added, “Tis but thy name is my enemy./Thou art thyself, though not a Montague./O, be some other name!(II, ii, 38,39,42). She continues by saying, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name/ would smell as sweet./So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,/Retain that dear perfection which he owes/Without that title”(II, ii, 43-47). That is to say that Romeo’s
Their families hated each other and which made them want to love each other more and more. If fate didn’t want them together they would have never met at that party. Why would they fall in love and kill themselves, that’s why fate is part of their death. They hid from their families about them seeing each other or they would have been punished and their families would have killed each other until one family was left. They were willing to do anything to see each other. That is why fate, killed Romeo and Juliet.
From fate representing Romeo and Juliet's encounter, to their love, and finally representing their untimely death, fate and fortune has been a contributing factor towards all the tragedies in Shakespeare's play, possibly being the main clause. Throughout the play, several references of fate and the stars are mentioned when characters show terrible grief and heart break. For example, mere seconds after Romeo slew Tybalt in a blind fit of rage, he exclaimed, "O, I am fortune's fool." He is saying that he is being controlled and forced to do things not in his control to change, and that he is a victim of circumstance (which in this case is fate). In which, he is. Time and time again it seems that Romeo and Juliet's love is in fact dependent on fate and fortune, since in the Prologue itself mentions that "...their death bury their parents' strife." It seems that even from the beginning, Romeo and Juliet were destined to die. No matter what they tried, and no matter how hard they wanted to stay together, fate always found a way to ruin their plans. Just after they get married, Romeo just so happens to run into Tybalt and Mercutio. Just after the couple consummated, Juliet was to be married to Paris on Thursday. Just after Friar Lawrence made a plan to reunite Romeo and Juliet, the wedding of Juliet and Paris moved one day forward! The letter
The prologue foreshadows how fate will impact the lives of Romeo and Juliet. In the prologue the narrator says, “Lovers from feuding families will die.” This states fate will contribute to the deaths. Romeo and Juliet were always destined to fail because Romeo was in love with Rosaline. The first time Romeo met he was not even at the Capulet party to see Juliet, he was there for Rosaline.
First of all, in Act I, Scene II of Romeo and Juliet, when Capulet sends a servant to invite the guests for the party, “Go, sirrah, trudge about/Through fair Verona; find those persons out/Whose names are written there…”. However, the servant could not read and was not able to understand the information written on guest list. Therefore, the servant went on and asked someone for help, which happened to be Romeo Montague, the enemy of the Capulets. In other words, when Romeo met Juliet at the party, it was not fate that brought them together. It was an unexpected error or a coincidence where the
Romeo and Juliet are known to be doomed by fate but is that really the case? It seems that they are more doomed by their parents than by fate. The parents of Romeo and Juliet thought them that they couldn't be friends or have any type of relationship, because of the family feud. Also the parents aren't thinking about how their kids feel they are thinking about what they want for their family in the future, and that's what killed them. Romeo and Juliet needed to be able to make their own choices for themselves and not have their parents and the family feud hold them back. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet are solely the fault of their parents.
Fate is uncontrollable no one really knows how fate happens but it does it is supernatural. In romeo and juliet it was fate that romeo seen juliet it saids in the text “ Romeo- Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? Juliet- Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer. Romeo- O, then, Dear saint, let lips do what hands do! They pray:grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. Juliet- Saints do not move, though grant for prayers’ sake. Romeo- Then move not while my prayer’s effect i take. Thus from my lips, by thine my sin is purged.” and fell in love with her,if romeo was to never have seen juliet and fell in love with her he would have never known that she was his true love. On the other hand,
It is because of fate that they meet because Romeo says it himself. The final deaths of the lovers is the "consequence" that he is talking about and the bitterness that starts the pathway to their ultimate tragedy is their first encounter, since they are supposed to be opposing enemies. It is also evident that Romeo cannot make intelligent decisions for himself when he says: ?Tut, I have lost myself. I am not here. / This is not Romeo. He?s somewhere else.?(Romeo and Juliet I i, 205-206). Romeo says he is not himself and that his mind is off somewhere else. As fate would have it, Romeo rushes head on into situations that were out of his control .For these reasons, Romeo and Juliet's first meeting was sure to happen, fate being the most powerful force at work, determining their future.
Many times in life do we make choices, but get outcomes completely unrelated. German poet and writer Christoph Martin Wieland even states that “Man blindly works the will of fate”. Many Characters in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet follow that statement. Choices are made throughout the story, but fate ignores those choices. No matter what each character had done, fate would always find a way to intervene and make everything the way that fate says it to be.
Is Romeo and Juliet’s love pre-determined destiny? In “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” they are called star-crossed lovers because their family does not get along and their love seems to be messed with from the outside no matter what, even if it brings them misfortune they still end up together. Several may say its pre-determined destiny, they may be wrong. The relationship of these “star-crossed lovers” like Shakespeare says, seems to cause trouble as they are irrational and young.