What Is The Theme Of Fate In Romeo And Juliet

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Perhaps, the most intriguing aspect, in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is the role that fate plays in the final outcome of the lovers. This is prominent in the following: when Romeo meets Juliet, when Tybalt and Mercutio die and Romeo is banished and finally, when Friar Laurence’s letter about Juliet fails to reach Romeo. All of these events, as well as many others are connected. Unfortunately for Romeo and Juliet, this theme is so dominant that it leads to their ultimate demise.

To begin, there are many examples of fate’s role in the events that play out in the story. Specifically, Romeo and Benvolio meet the Capulet servant. The servant was given a list of people to invite to the Capulet masquerade party being held that night. The
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Friar Laurence writes and letter to Romeo explaining that Juliet is not actually dead and that she will wake from her slumber and they can still be together. Friar asks Friar John to deliver the message to Romeo, who is now banished to a close town by the name of Mantua. On Friar John’s journey he makes a detour into a town that had been affected by the plague and was not allowed into Mantua; therefore, he had to turn back, without delivering the letter to Romeo. When he gets back to Friar Laurence, he …show more content…
He is challenging fate, which has caused him so much sadness, he defies fate to alter his course in life. Though, is he really defying fate? Isn’t it fate that decided he would be defying fate?
Lastly, it is fate that Romeo enters the Capulet tomb and kills himself right before Juliet awakes. Romeo drinks a poison given to him by the Apothecary and proclaims,
“I still will stay with thee,
And never from this palace of dim night
Depart again….
Here’s to my love!”
(v,iii,106-108,119)
Romeo is announcing that this tomb is where he will stay forever, never to leave it again and to never leave Juliet again. He kisses Juliet one last time, then drinks the potion. “Here’s to my love!”, he will be with Juliet soon, up in heaven (even though she isn’t dead).

Overall, fate has a huge impact on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, specifically: when Romeo meets Juliet, when Tybalt and Mercutio die and Romeo is banished and finally, when Friar Laurence’s letter about Juliet fails to reach Romeo. If these occasions did not play out the way they did, the final outcome of Romeo and Juliet may have been different. Though, one could argue that Romeo and Juliet would have died no matter how the story went, because it is fate that they die young. Does fate control our lives? Or do

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