Fate star-crossed lovers was always meant to
Fate and destiny are what decides whathappens in our lives, with there being a reason for the placing of our lives.Fate is the unavoidable is certain to happen in everybody’s lives, fate anddestiny lead to outcomes that were pre-planned and meant to happen.
This is amajor theme, in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare shows theidea of fate and destiny in his play by supporting this idea to his audience byrepeatedly showing that Romeo and Juliet’s doomed love was pre-destined fromthe very start, with famous quotes, foreshadowing events of the play, and thetalk of astrology and how it affects the characters, and to show fate happenswhether they want it to happen or not. The prologue informs what will occur inthe play, this is the first occasion when we are told about the tragic fate ofthe children of the two families of the Montagues and the Capulets. Theaudience was informed that Romeo and Juliet would die and in love and that itwas a forbidden love because both their families were foes against each other.This is their pre-arranged future, and this is told because of the fact that thisplay of tragedy, and this not a mystery. There is also a famous quote that hasa big effect on the prologue is the title given to the couple, and it is thequote ‘Star-crossed lovers’. This is also talking about fate, the effect ofastrology on Romeo and Juliet.
Fate and destiny were all based on what waswritten in the stars for you, and the story of the star-crossed lovers wasalways meant to be. The young couple were victims of an unavoidable andunbreakable love by fate and destiny. The famous title of the young coupleisn’t the famous quote, there are numerous well-known sayings and quotes aboutdestiny and fate for Romeo and Juliet’s relationship in Shakespeare’s play.Romeo’s dialogue for when he has a feeling of fear that the stars have somethingbound to happen that night: ‘I fear, too early, for my mind misgives Some consequence yet hanging in the stars Shallbitterly begin his fearful date Withthis night’s revels, and expire the term Of a despised life closed in my breast By some vile forfeit of untimely death.’ (Shakespeare, 57). This anticipates hewill fall in love with Juliet as soon he sees her and that there outcomes tothe upcoming events. When Juliet sends Nurse to look for Romeo’s name she says’If he be married.
My grave is like to be my wedding bed.’ (Shakespeare, 69-71).Juliet foreshadows her own death, her grave does become her wedding bed. ‘Howif, when I am laid into the tomb, I wake before the time that Romeo come toredeem me?’ (Shakespeare, 235) are Juliet’s stresses of the possible negativeoutcomes with Romeo and her, these are for mostly showing the bad luck of thetwo and that their deaths will reflect off their words.
Some more quotes that foreshadowimportant events in the play also come from other characters, an importantquote from Benvolio ‘I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword, or manage topart these men with me.’ (Shakespeare, 15-17). This demonstrates Benvolio willbe the peace creator and moderator all through the play, and that he is a veryimportant and fair character. Mercutio has a very effective quote, and it wasone of his last words ‘A plague o’ both your houses’ (Shakespeare, 149). Thisanticipates the deaths of both the Capulet and Montague families, the reason itis so effective isn’t just because of the predicting but because Mercutio was astrong and loved member of the Montague family.
For Mercutio’s last words towish something as strong as a plague to be among not just on the Capulet familybut as well as the Montague’s is an intense thing for him to say. Romeo and Juliet are victims of destinyand fate. Romeo and Juliet’s lives are predetermined but are also a series ofheartbreaking and unfortunate events. Romeo and Juliet’s ill-fated lives areportrayed as ‘death-marked’, and they are a ‘ pair of star-crossed lovers’.Neither of the young couple wanted to love each other to begin with, Julietlonged for Romeo to have some other name than a Montague, and Romeo didn’t wantto believe that she was a Capulet. Romeo also didn’t want any harm done to thetwo families even in the beginning, yet Tybalt had murdered Mercutio and Romeohad murdered Tybalt in order to defend Mercutio. However Romeo and Juliet doaccept their fate and go on as lovers, but it backfires. Once Tybalt had beenmurdered by Romeo, the star-crossed lovers go through a quick and majordownfall of much bad luck and it causes to take their own lives.
They died fortheir love, they accepted their love for one another and decided they rather bedead together than to be alive and away from each other. Shakespeare had Romeoand Juliet as victims of fate and destiny, to show that there’s a certainextent of being a victim of fate and destiny and you are able to decide if youaccept it or not. Fate and destiny are what chooses whathappens in our lives, with there being an explanation behind the putting of ourlives. So with Shakespeare’s opening words, the audience were urged encouragedto believe that Romeo and Juliet were bound to die with each other. Theaudience were also reminded over and over again the end of the play won’t be ahappy ending, from the many foreshadowing all through the whole play.Shakespeare influenced us to think about fate and how free our actions aretruly are.