Fate In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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In William Shakespeare’s iconic 1595 romantic play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, fate is a dominant theme used. This is incorporated into the play by using different literary techniques and a distinctive style of language. The playwright uses destiny to build and develop the personalities of the characters, and to elaborate the plot of the story. The tender-hearted story is set in a prominent Catholic society in Verona, Italy where it is believed that the Shakespearean play was based on a real story focused on the rivalling Capeletti and the Montecci families. William Shakespeare involves the complex theme of fate to connect with his 16th century audience. Context in the play involving destiny would have attracted the Elizabethan audience because…show more content…
Romeo expresses his view on how Tybalt died through fate. Romeo says, “O, I am fortune’s fool,” After the death he expresses this after he murders his lover’s cousin – Tybalt. Instead of taking the blame for the death, he accuses fate. Fate is portrayed in this comment from Romeo because the thought of fate being ‘set in stone’ has emerged again. The lover strongly believes fate is controlling him and he has no control in what his actions are. “Fools”, in the 1600’s would be referenced to a court jester who is in the royal courts to amuse and entertain the royal. In this line Romeo is explaining how fortune is using him like a court jester, just using him for entertainment or to do foolish acts. “O, I am fortune’s fool”, is also irony because Romeo and Juliet have just married each other, which means Tybalt and he are family members yet he does not have any knowledge of this. The gender role in the 1500’s is also seen in this scene because women did not have a major part in society compared to the males. In the scene Romeo is trying hard not to fight with his wife’s cousin because of Juliet however, Mercutio became very tempered (by Romeo), which lead him to agree with Tybalt’s duel request even on Romeo’s behalf. Shakespeare portrays fate through how Romeo responds to his abhorrent actions and how he blames the murder on
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