Essay on How Does Fate Play a Part in Romeo and Juliet?

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How Does Fate Play A Part In ‘Romeo and Juliet'?

‘Romeo and Juliet' was written during a period when Shakespeare had found the strength of his writing, it is believed that it was written around 1595 and he would have been about 26 years old when he wrote it. The play is a widely known tragedy concerning the fate of two young "star-cross'd lovers". It is one of the most famous of Shakespeare's plays and one of his earliest theatrical triumphs.

In ‘Romeo and Juliet', fate plays an extremely powerful role throughout the story. Romeo and Juliet are "star-crossed lovers," as the prologue at the start of the play indicated, they had fate against them. In that time, people were very wary of what the stars said. If two people's stars were
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The servant Capulet chose to invite the guests to the party was illiterate, as many servants were in that day. Since he could not read the guest list, he was forced to ask two strangers to read for him. Through this, Shakespeare has managed to incorporate more irony into the play. Those two people happened to be Romeo and Benvolio. Romeo is a typical young man, he jokes with the servant and shows off to Benvolio:
"Servant: God gi' god-den. I pray, sir, can you read?
Romeo: Ay, mine own fortune in my misery."
(Act 1, Scene 2, 332-335)
This shows Romeo jesting with Capulet's servant. This is relevant as it shows his brash and irrational nature through the way he insists on acting, and it will be the cause of his death later, as he makes a rash decision to kill himself before knowing all the facts about Juliet's death.

Also, Friar John, the monk with which Friar Lawrence entrusted the letter to Romeo about Juliet, was locked in a house due to fear of the plague. This is another act of fate as it meant Friar John could not deliver the message to Romeo and therefore Romeo did not know of the plan to help Juliet escape her marriage with Paris.
"Where the infectious pestilence did reign,
Seal'd up the doors, and would not let us forth"
(Act 5, Scene 2, 13-14)
This relates to fate and destiny, as it is another cause that lead to both the lover's deaths. The audience would have known that the play was reaching its climax at this point, and the constant procession of

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