Is fate predetermined? is it something that is uncertain? Or does not even play a role in what happens? In the classic play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare fate plays a large role in various scenes throughout the play. Fate influences large parts of the play from the beginning where the two star crossed lovers meet, and it follows through all the way to their death. Shakespeare uses figurative language like metaphors and oxymorons and obvious, unclear, and hidden views of fate to convey the implied thematic message that fate is present for the duration of the entire play. In the beginning of the play Shakespeare deconstructs the theme that one way fate is present is in an obvious way. He illustrates the view in act 1 scene 5 as the Capulet party has come to a close and the two cursed lovers are infatuated with each other Juliet turns to Nurse and discloses her situation, …show more content…
Fate does not always have to be known to its subject; it may work without anyone’s knowledge. One case where this is true is in Act 5 scene 2, when Friar John is explaining to Friar Laurence that he was unable to deliver the letter to Romeo, because he was suspected of the plague. Friar Laurence is seemingly unhappy, and is searching for a way to deliver the message to Romeo. All the meanwhile he blames “Unhappy fortune! The letter was not nice, but full of charge”(Pg 83) through the text Friar laurence blames fate for Friar John not being able to deliver the letter to Romeo. This signifies that Friar Laurence means that the fate was a sign of bad luck, and it refers back to the prologue that Romeo and Juliet's love was fated to end badly from the beginning. It is presented like fate has been working throughout all of the play, sometimes in the knowledge of the characters, but other times it has been more hidden. Through this quote shakespeare implies that fate does not always have to be
In lines such as “From ancient grudge break to new mutiny... A pair of starcross'd lovers take their life; whose misadventured piteous overthrows do with their death bury their parents' strife” the reader is told how the fate for Romeo and Juliet is mapped out from the start (ROM. Prologue.114). Since it is clear that fate is present, one must ask if it is a non threatening force or an inevitable one. It seems as though it a mixture of both, fate is clearly something that is unavoidable, but seems only somewhat imposing from certain standpoints nonetheless. Throughout the play, fate presents itself in different situations, many times preventing the couple from being together.
In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare both main characters Romeo and Juliet die at the end. They were warned several times over the play not to fall in love but didn't listened and that lead to them deciding on their own to kill themselves. Fate is when you can't control your future. Some may say their deaths was fates fault but this is inaccurate because they both chose to kill them selves. They chose their own destiny.
When I say fate I mean bad timing. Events in the play that happened with terrible timing were lord Capulet moving the wedding date, the quarantine of the city, and Juliet waking up too late all of these events also led to Romeo and Juliet’s death. Lord Capulet moving the wedding date earlier gave Romeo, Juliet, and Friar Lawrence less time to come up with a good plan to get Juliet out of the marriage with Paris and it also pressured them. The quarantine of the city is very bad timing because Friar John couldn't give Romeo the letter informing him about the plan and that Juliet was not dead (5.2.5-16). Even Friar Lawrence could tell that something bad was going to happen because of fate when he said, “Unhappy fortune.
Fate is something we cannot control for it is a higher power than any of us. William Shakespeare wrote “Romeo and Juliet” which is a play about two Italian families who hate each other but whose children have fallen in love. Romeo and Juliet’s tragedy was due to fate, all the events that weren't by choice so the tragedy was made to happen. It was set in stone and no one could do anything about it.
Although, there are many factors that contribute to the deaths of Romeo & Juliet, fate is primarily responsible for these “star-crossed” lovers deaths, because fate drew them together and led them down the path that would eventually conclude in their deaths. Fate is responsible for the deaths of Romeo & Juliet due to the act of fate drawing Romeo & Juliet together (the night they met). Before Romeo attends the party at which he meets Juliet, he has a conversation with some unknown entity and discusses whether he should attend or not, the quote “I fear too early, for my mind misgives / Some consequence yet hanging in the stars / Shall bitterly begin his fearful date / With this night’s revels, and expire the term / Of a despised life closed
The first example that shows how fate has been in effect is in Act 5 Scene 3, once Romeo hears of Juliet and goes to the tomb he says, “I still will stay with thee, And never from this palace of dim night. Depart again. Here, here will I remain. With worms that are thy chamber maids. Oh, here will I set up my everlasting rest, And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars, From this world-wearied flesh.”
Tragedy is all around us in the world. The tragedy of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is that so many people receive fault for the death of Romeo and Juliet. Friar Lawrence is at fault because he tells Juliet to fake her death and he is unable to communicate this to Romeo. Fate is also to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
William Shakespeare’s poetic writing (about Romeo and Juliet) portrays the tragedies that occurred to be caused by fate, however, in reality it is clear that they were caused solely by human error. Fate can be regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power, which in Romeo and Juliet’s case is claimed by Shakespeare as responsible for the characters actions and mistakes. It is evident throughout the play that the feud is responsible, not fate, and this is a big misconception as the faults are hidden. The characters are constantly blaming fate for what is clearly their personal errors, in order to not be the one accused.
Although fate has a part in the tragic play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare mainly focuses on the mistakes of the characters. Human mistakes are easier to point out rather than fate. A large amount of readers debate that fate is the main factor of the tragedy, but the tragic play focuses more on the human mistakes and how they are more functional in the cause of the tragedy. The unfortunate events of the “star-crossed lovers” has to do with more than just fate. Shakespeare refers to the mistakes made by Romeo that caused many problems in many directions.
Though the characters in the play seem to believe and to be completely convinced that something greater, such as “fate,” is controlling them, they only choose to do so since they do not want to take responsibility for the actions they have done. Throughout the play, Shakespeare argues between fate and free will acting upon the characters. Early in the play, the chorus immediately introduces the readers to a pair of “star-crossed lovers,” who later take their lives as quoted in the Prologue. The role of fate in the play is described to the reader as a “greater power” that’s complied within the characters and that is out of their reach and already “written in the stars.”
It controlled every event in their lives, from the beginning of their families’ ancient feud, to when they met and when they died. The story of Romeo and Juliet had long before been written by fate ever since the start of the dispute between the Capulets and Montagues. Had it not been for this feud, the couple would not have been forced to make such drastic choices to end their lives just so they could be together. This meant anything, even killing themselves. For them to spot each other from across the room in a place where Romeo would normally have been forbidden, is concrete proof that fate was in full command.
Fate is a power that some people believe determines a person’s future. In the play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, fate prevents Romeo’s and Juliet’s intense love. The play is about these two teenagers during the Renaissance who fall in love, but they are from different families, Capulet and Montague who are in a prolonged quarrel. Despite the obstacles, Romeo and Juliet wed and a sequence of events cause Romeo and Juliet both to die. There are multiple occasions where fate gets in the way of Romeo and Juliet such as when Romeo killed Tybalt, Romeo being banished, Juliet being forced to marry Paris, the failure of Romeo being informed of Juliet’s fake death and Romeo killing himself.
Fate is just a way to be rude to someone with a reasoning behind it. The family feud is also responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Juliet struggles with knowing the difference between loving Romeo and that he is an enemy to her family.
The concept of fate is shown constantly throughout the play. For example, at the end, Romeo sees Juliet in her tomb, assuming she is dead, however, keeping faithful to his Juliet, he kills himself to be with her in the afterworld, where she wasn’t really dead, till a few seconds later after seeing Romeo dead beside her and kills herself for reals. This leaves the Capulets and Montagues both to mourn for both dead children. This particular example relates to the way the readers are effected is, in the end, makes readers feel sad and upset for the way Romeo and Juliet’s life’s ended up, especially since they were so young. If it had gone another way, like in fairytales, there wouldn’t have been the sad, mournful time.
The theme of Fate vs. Free Will is dominant in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; however the theme of fate is more significant than free will. In the play both Romeo and Juliet meeting was contributed by fate as Shakespeare mentioned in the prologue that Romeo and Juliet were star-crossed lovers that were meant to meet, fall in love and their death would be the reason for the feud to end between the two families. Fate was the reason Capulet’s servant asked Romeo and Benvolio to help him read the invitation for him that contained all the names of the people that were invited to the ball Capulet hosted. “…If you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup of wine.