The All-Powerful Force “Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.” Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor 161-180 A.D. Many people believe in destiny, and that everyone was meant for something. Shakespeare based his play Romeo and Juliet off of the concept of fate and destiny. In his play, the main characters are guided by an all-powerful and inescapable force, called fate. In Romeo and Juliet, the theme of fate has brought the two main characters together in the most unintentional way.
Fate vs. Bad Decisions As a human kind we have focused nearly all of our efforts on one question, what ultimately decides our destiny? Throughout history religions have formed, scientists have devoted their lives, and many stories have been told regarding fate; one such story is Romeo and Juliet, which is regarded as one of the best written texts known to man. In Romeo and Juliet two star crossed lovers, born into rival families, fall in love, and through a series of unfortunate events meet their demise. Some people claim that the message Shakespeare was trying to convey is that our life is governed by fate, others believe that the message is that our future is determined by the choices that we make in our lives; while arguments can be made for both sides, it is more conceivable that it is both a mixture of fate and our decisions that determines our ultimate destiny.
Fate’s Hold on Romeo and Juliet It is very debatable whether people’s lives are controlled by fate or free will, however, fate’s grasp on these two young lovers is clearly shown in the text of this Elizabethan era play. The text that is to be discussed is William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the topic is about whether it is fate affecting the outcome of the play. Fate determines the aftermath of the play, due to bad timing, misfortune, and love. Bad timing of the events in this play led to the deaths of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet.
Verona, a city in which a pair of “star-crossed lovers” and all of its citizens overall, blame the “greater power,” fate, to veil their own actions. Fate and free will, both play a major part in Romeo and Juliet. However, only one of the two is actually true. On one side, fate supposedly controls the character’s destiny. But they are completely unaware that it is actually their free will and their own actions in which they are in control of.
Former French Military Leader, Napoleon I, outlined the basis of fate, a topic that many people cannot wrap their heads around. He once stated, “Our hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined”. Life is started by being born, and over from death. We never know exactly when we are born or when we die. Even though these two important aspects of life are destined to happen, what occured in between cannot change the outcome.
Fate is a concept that is well known as something that planned the future and cannot be changed, no matter how hard someone might try, this concept is established in the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare when in the prologue Shakespeare states that the main protagonists, Romeo and Juliet will die by the end of the play, “A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their lives,”(Prologue, line six) and Shakespeare uses this idea of fate in numerous occasions, But only three examples will be used; when Romeo is banished from Verona, when the Prince says the Capulets and Montagues cannot fight in Verona, and Lord Capulet's Masquerade to prove that Shakespeare says that fate cannot be changed. Early into the play Romeo and Juliet, Prince Escalus states that if Capulets and Montagues ever fight in Verona they would be executed. “If ever you disturb the streets again Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace”(Act one, Scene one, lines 94-95). With this is in place the two households must refrain from getting into conflict with each other or face the death penalty and with the violence off of the streets for now
William Ernest Henley once said, “ I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” In other words, I think this quote means that William Ernest Henley believes that we all are in charge of our own fate. Some people believe that our future is always changing because of every decision we make and some people believe that the future is set in stone and no matter what we do there's only one outcome. William Shakespeare has written many great works, including Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare, in his play, Romeo and Juliet, shows the truth of this statement because Romeo made the decision to physically kill himself.
How Nature Caused Romeo and Juliet’s Demise After falling victim to cupid’s arrow, nothing more comes to mind other than love. Without having a clear mind, love can cause one to commit destructive actions. In one of the most famous tragedies of all time, Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, narrates two star-crossed lovers caught between a family feud and the ill-fated love that they share for each other, causing their self-destruction. The reason for Romeo and Juliet’s disastrous ending is because of their impulsive behavior caused by nature which, in this context, refers to internal factors such as brain and body development that influence how we grow as a person.
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.
“A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” -Chorus, in the Prologue. In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, destiny has had a greater impact on all the characters through either for their love towards each other or attitudes among each other that will result in a horrible tragedy. There is always a second opinion that it was a personal choice that leads them to the actions they did, but fate had ruled over them to make decisions that were just meant to be. In the beginning, fate had struck Romeo at the right time when he was super devastated when he discovered that Rasoline didn’t love him.
Anita Brookner, a British award-winning writer of novels, wisely said, “The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.” In Act Three, Scene Three of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence, a Franciscan that plays the part of an adviser to Romeo and Juliet, sees Romeo crying over Romeo’s banishment and how Romeo cannot see Juliet as often anymore. In this monologue, Friar Laurence wants to stop Romeo from suiciding and being gloomy by using insults and bringing up Juliet; directly and indirectly. Friar Laurence attempts to settle down Romeo by name-calling. For example, afterwards, Friar Laurence shouts, “Unseemly women in a seeming man! /
In the story “Holes” by Louis Sachar shows an example fate because a character named Stanley Yelnats whole family was born with bad luck. “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Lesson Before Dying” share one thing which is that they have problems that they can’t control. The book “Holes” shows that Stanley was born with a curse to have bad luck. Fate is a series of uncontrollable events that cause death.