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Fated To Ignore In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Fated to Ignore The American president Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own mind.” Roosevelt reveals the idea that only man has control of his life. Romeo believes otherwise. He drops the reins of his life and expects fate to take over, when, in reality, fate does not help him and eventually his decision to surrender his life to fate becomes the reason of his demise. In the tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses the devices of foreshadowing Romeo and Juliet’s deaths, the motif of dreams versus reality, and Romeo’s characterization, to show that, although fate can have an effect on a life, it is ultimately the person who chooses their fate. Romeo ignores fates rule on his life, even though he blames fate for all of his issues. Because Romeo chooses to neglect the fact that it is his own decisions that cause his misfortunes, he causes more and more problems, which could have been avoided if he had realized and accepted his mistakes instead of blaming all…show more content…
In the prologue, before Act One, the Chorus states that “a pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life” (Prologue 5). Shakespeare tells the audience that Romeo and Juliet’s love will not survive, much less themselves. He foreshadows their deaths and the destruction of their love for each other. Romeo and Juliet’s love is already doomed to fail. When Romeo is leaving Juliet’s balcony, Juliet notices, “Methinks I see thee, now thou art below, / As one dead in the bottom of a tomb” (III. v. 55-56). Shakespeare crafts Juliet’s comments to make the audience aware that fate will soon strike Romeo and Juliet. In the play, Romeo and Juliet’s lives are dependent upon fate. Romeo and Juliet’s love is destined to fail. Because Shakespeare has predestined Romeo and Juliet to die, the audience knows that fate plays a key role in their
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