Essay on William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

1736 Words Mar 16th, 2015 7 Pages
“From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross 'd lovers take their life.” Shakespeare used many common themes in his writings. The reason behind using these themes is unknown, but some reasoning may be based on what he himself believed, and common beliefs during the Elizabethan Era, the time Shakespeare lived. The three themes Fate versus Free Will, Passion, and Love versus Hate play an important role in Shakespearean plays, more specifically in Romeo and Juliet.
The theme of Fate in Romeo and Juliet is widely discussed. Romeo and Juliet believed that they were not in control of what happened to them. They thought that everything that was going to happen to them was out of their control, and that their actions did not affect the way that their lives would turn out. Romeo himself even mentions “hanging in the stars” when he is talking about his fate. When Romeo mentions this idea, he is implying that his consequences are just waiting to happen. Romeo and Juliet believed that what was to happen to them was bound to happen, so they did not think about their consequences. Romeo also says that he will “defy the stars”, meaning that he will go against fate. This did not turn out in his favor. They lived as if their were no consequences, and this forced them into the tragic ending of both of their deaths.
Because of the fact that Romeo and Juliet lived without consequences, their free will came about. It is argued by many that fate was not the cause of death…

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