Essay on Fate : William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

1573 Words Dec 17th, 2015 7 Pages
Fate is known by many names; luck, chance, fortune, the list goes on. This invisible force supposedly controls everything in our lives. In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, fate plays a significant role. Fate affects everyone in the play, but in different ways. It complicates the lives of the Capulets and Montagues by emotionally tearing them apart. It completely annihilates Tybalt and Mercutio by making these fighters, who are the strongest in their family, duel. Fate also ruins poor Romeo’s love life, being kind to him at first, but changing its mind every hour. Fate affects all of these people to some degree, no matter their age, gender or family. It is kind to some and torturous to others, and can change in the matter of seconds. But one thing about fate can, and always will stand true; fate is two sided. Family is very important in life. If one person from the family is lucky, so is everyone else. If one is unlucky, they will bring doom onto their entire household. This is the case of the Capulet and Montague family. Fate did not start to affect the two families on the night of Romeo and Juliet’s meeting, but ages before that. Fate decides that both families will end up “alike in dignity” and their “ancient grudge [will] break to new mutiny.” (Prologue, 1-3) It was fate that decided that both families should live in Verona, and that they should be warring against each other. In this way, fate affects the entire family of Capulet and MOntague, deciding…

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