‘Good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as my own.’ The audience know the reason why Romeo won’t fight Tybalt, which is because Romeo and Juliet are now married. ‘The reason that I have to love thee.’ The audience know that Romeo must love Tybalt because they are now related. The other characters did not know about the wedding and are confused by what Romeo is saying. The dramatic irony in this scene makes it such an intense scene to watch. It is also a significant scene because it leads to Mercutio fighting Tybalt and Mercutios death.
Therefore, they would have readily accepted that Fate had a role in the outcome of the play. The term ‘star-crossed lovers’ indicates that Romeo and Juliet are destined to meet and fall in love with one another, and that Fate means for them to die together. From this small phrase, the audience gets a sense of unease and foreboding right from the beginning. This suggestion of Fate is repeated throughout the play. Before Romeo ever meets Juliet, he says: ‘…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 in my breast, By some vile forfeit of untimely death.’ (I.4.106-11) As
Romeo decided that he was in love with Juliet upon sight without knowing who she was (Shakespeare 924). This was a terrible choice Romeo had literally no idea who she was and this could have stopped the whole conflict of the play. Romeo then ignored his dreams which he believed told his destiny (Shakespeare 921-1009). While if Romeo listened to these dreams which he believed told the future he would have been much more cautious because he would know that he was going to die prematurely. Also, by him listening to his dreams he would have made either little or no poor choices later in the play which results in his death.
This relates to the concept of a predetermined destiny as he acknowledges the fact that fate had something to do with his destiny, but by him trying to defy fate he only fulfils it. The intense attraction they felt had a sense of rightness, destiny, as if it was fate that had them meeting and falling in love. The fact that Romeo and Juliet were from feuding families and they only discovered this after they met and fell in love emphasises their preordained fate. The moment they met their deaths had already happened.
While that may have been the final contribution to his death, his tragic flaw is what is shown throughout the play. This flaw can be plainly stated as Romeo being far too impulsive. He seems to be driven by the idea of fate, and does not thoroughly think about his decisions. His character in the play thinks of life and love as such a quick thing, as if he is thinking to himself that if he doesn’t go with his instincts, his life will not be decent or respectable. When truthfully, these instincts are the origin of his dire choices, resulting in the end of his life.
Fate is the prominent reason for the death of both Romeo and Juliet. In the prologue, they are illustrated as “A pair of star-crossed lovers” and later on their love is described as “death mark’d”. Right in the beginning, Shakespeare demonstrates that fate will bring them together, but it will also be the cause of their death. The play could have had a very different conclusion if some circumstances had been different. Perhaps the biggest determining factor of Romeo and Juliet’s demise was the fact that their families were feuding.
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.
What people might not expect or catch on to is that the entire of the play is full of dramatic irony! What Shakespeare has done is given the audience a false sense of security, (pause), he does this by making it look as if there is going to be a good ending, by having make the Friars plan seem so fool proof that it deceives the audience, into thinking that there is going to be a good outcome,(Pause)that is until he turns it on to its head and has it so that both Romeo and Juliet die, this is caused by the actions of some of the other characters in the play, for example: when Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo kills Tybalt in revenge. If Tybalts act of killing Mercutio had not happened, then Romeo would not have been banished for slaying Tybalt, and the letter would have made its way to Romeo. This is what
That is, except for the star crossed lovers, Romeo Montague, and Juliet Capulet. This theme of hate in this play written by Shakespeare, encourages us to think about how others hate can come between your own love. Romeo and Juliet took their lives as they could not live without each other. This love that has come to a tragic end has brought the two feuding families to peace. They see that their own hate for one another has ended with the death of the ones they love most, and that they cannot let this continue.