Fate in Romeo and Juliet

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In the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, William Shakespeare brings to the audience a strong idea of ‘fate’. Shakespeare tells the tale of two star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, whose short romance is plagued with tragedy. One of the main themes and significant factors in Romeo and Juliet is fate. This indicates that Romeo and Juliet's life could be influenced by some power other than their own. During Shakespeare's time most Elizabethans believed in fate and the idea that everything would eventually fall into place. The prologue of the play reveals a lot about the plays theme and how fate plays an important part in it. From the first page of the play we hear about fate- Romeo and Juliet are introduced to us as `star-crossed lovers' meaning that fate would have eventually brought them together, and that the stars themselves control the fate of Romeo and Juliet. It says that their love is `death mark'd' which means that their fate will be tragic. It tells us that they have no control over what will happen to them and it will lead to their death. Tybalt's death brings Romeo a moment of clarity as he realizes that he is the helpless victim of fate: "O, I am fortune's fool!" he cries, struck deeply by a sense of anger and injustice. The speed with which Mercutio and Tybalt's deaths occur, together with Romeo's marriage and banishment, all contribute to a sense of certainty - that a chain of events has been set in motion over which Romeo and Juliet have no control. bv In the scene in which Romeo is laying beside a ‘dead’ Juliet, he says: ‘I will stay with thee; And never from this palace of dim light. Depart again: here, here I will remain with worms that are my chamber maids; O, here will I set up my everlasting rest, and shake the yoke of inauspicious stars from this world-wearied flesh.’ Romeo is convinced that he will defy the "stars" by committing suicide. The idea is
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