What Is The Theme Of Fate In Romeo And Juliet

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a play written by William Shakespeare, has fate as the overlying theme since the audience already knows the lovers, Romeo and Juliet, will die. Their fate was given to the audience right from the Prologue, but what Shakespeare intended was for people to understand how the lovers ended up fulfilling this fate. In the early acts, Romeo meets Juliet and their love seems unbreakable, but fate continues to place obstacles in their path making it so that they fulfill their destiny of death. So, in the later acts, Romeo and Juliet both suicide because of their unconditional love and fate is fulfilled. As a result, fate is an unavoidable force that uses the illusion of coincidence to govern one’s life; although Romeo …show more content…
After an argument with her parents, Juliet realizes there is nothing she can to be with Romeo because of the preplanned marriage with Paris, saying “Is there no pity sitting in the clouds/That sees into the bottom of my grief”(3.5.197-198). Fate has it so Juliet will be with Paris, yet Juliet plans to drink a sleeping potion and not marry him, envisioning her future with Romeo. However, the audience knows this plan will not work and increases the sorrow for her inevitable death. Another example of fate comes from Friar Laurence, when he knew fate intervened to stop the letter from going to Romeo: “Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood,/The letter was not nice, but full of charge,/Of dear import” (5.3.17-19). Since the letter did not arrive to Romeo, this sets into course the tragic ending of the lovers’ death and the audience can only mourn for what’s inevitable, which is their deaths. As a result, Juliet attempting to stop fate with her sleeping potion and Friar Laurence trying to stop fate with his warning to Romeo is impossible since fate found a way to take its course, leaving the audience in sorrow as their deaths …show more content…
The lovers continually fight against fate and Romeo even shouts “I defy you stars”, a clear reference against his fate that has caused him so much grief (5.3.24). Because the audience sympathized with the lovers, their deaths were extra horrendous as the audience knew anything they did was only going to foiled by fate. Fate was always one step ahead of Romeo and Juliet and outplayed them before they even realized it (Anadiplosis). Thus, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet emphasizes on fate as the unavoidable force that determined the lives and deaths of Romeo and Juliet and its inevitability throughout the entire play made it more

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