The Theme Of Fate In Romeo And Juliet

One makes choices out of their own free will which affects their life at that time, but will ultimately determine their fate. In Shakespeare 's Romeo and Juliet, the theme of conscious choices deciding one’s destiny is expressed through the tragic outcome that occurs due to Romeo and Juliet’s poor decision making. Romeo and Juliet’s weaknesses provoked them to make flawed choices out of their own free will, deciding what path their lives would take; this brutally ends up in a situation where both of them take their own lives.

Shakespeare starts the play off by introducing it’s dilemma; he then throws subtle implications about the play’s tragedy being fate. In the opening prologue, Shakespeare gives us the climax of the play before it even
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When Romeo hears of Juliet 's death before he is told that it is being faked, his vulnerability encourages him to immediately rush to her side to commit suicide. He sees her seemingly lifeless body, and decides to take his life by drinking poison saying, “Here’s to my love. O true apothecary, / They drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die” (5.3.119-120) The choice to kill himself is his alone because no one forces him to do it. Because he was so sure that Juliet was the love of his life, he was vulnerable to doing anything just to be with her. He was quick to kill himself without first investigating why she died. Had he asked Friar Laurence, Romeo would have found out that Juliet wasn’t actually dead. Additionally, Juliet’s stubbornness leads her to making the conscious decision to kill herself when she sees Romeo dead. She chooses to take her life with these last words, before stabbing herself to death. “O, happy dagger, / This is my sheath there rust and let me die” (5.3.174-175). Juliet loves Romeo enough to do anything for him but yet, she will not give him up for the greater good. She is very well aware that both of their families are feuding, and that their relationship would never work out. She just does not care. She is selfishly wanting what she can not have and wanting everything to go her own way. She is so stubborn to have her desires …show more content…
Although Shakespeare subtly implies that Romeo and Juliet’s death was fate in the prologue, Romeo’s irrational behaviour and vulnerability along with Juliet’s defiance and stubbornness is what conclusively leads them to their downfall. Romeo and Juliet chose their fate when they take the actions of killing themselves without being compelled to do

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