William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

802 WordsNov 5, 20144 Pages
Shakespeare is regarded as a playwright for all times because he deals with themes that are universal to humans across times. Themes such as ‘love as a cause of violence’ and ‘fate’ are encountered today and this is evident in Bernstein and Sondheim’s Westside Story and Romeo and Juliet despite the 600years difference. Fate is the determination of cause by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do. They are linked to time, and ultimately, time is the one force that humans cannot control. It can be seen that fate is worldwide theme. The whole play of Romeo and Juliet is a huge example of fate. Romeo kills Tybalt by accident, and Benvolio tell Romeo that he might be put to death if he gets caught which he then immediately blames on his fortune. This is evident when he says “O! I am Fortune 's fool!" (Act III Scene i). The tragic timing of Romeo’s suicide and Juliet’s awakening can be another example of a fate. Juliet drinks a poison and when Romeo believes that Juliet is dead, he cries out, “Then I defy you, stars,” denying hold of fate on him and plans to kill himself (Act V Scene i). Perhaps the biggest example of fate is the Prologue. The prologue refers to an ill-fated couple through a celestial imagery, “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life” which means that their love is against the stars, of which controls people’s destiny. Also the word “death-marked love” provides the audience with the knowledge that Romeo
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