Fate happens whether they want it to happen

Fate
and destiny are what decides what happens 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 and destiny lead to outcomes that were
pre-planned and meant to happen. This is a major theme, in William
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare shows the idea of fate and destiny
in his play by supporting this idea to his audience by repeatedly showing that
Romeo and Juliet’s doomed love was pre-destined from the very start, with
famous quotes, foreshadowing events of the play, and the talk of astrology and
how it affects the characters, and to show fate happens whether they want it to
happen or not.

 

The
prologue informs what will occur in the play, this is the first occasion when
we are told about the tragic fate of the children of the two families of the
Montagues and the Capulets. The audience was informed that Romeo and Juliet
would die and in love and that it was 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 this play of tragedy, and this not a
mystery. There is also a famous quote that has a big effect on the prologue is
the title given to the couple, and it is the quote ‘Star-crossed lovers’. This
is also talking about fate, the effect of astrology on Romeo and Juliet. Fate
and destiny were all based on what was written in the stars for you, and the
story of the star-crossed lovers was always meant to be. The young couple were
victims of an unavoidable and unbreakable love by fate and destiny. The famous
title of the young couple isn’t the famous quote, there are numerous well-known
sayings and quotes about destiny 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 something bound to happen that night:

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‘I fear, too early, for my mind misgives

 Some consequence yet hanging in the stars

Shall bitterly begin his fearful date

With this 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 he will fall in love with Juliet as soon he sees her and
that there outcomes to the 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. ‘How if, when I am laid into the tomb, I wake before
the time that Romeo come to redeem me?’ (Shakespeare, 235) are Juliet’s
stresses of the possible negative outcomes with Romeo and her, these are for
mostly showing the bad luck of the two and that their deaths will reflect off
their words.

 

 

Some
more quotes that foreshadow important events in the play also come from other
characters, an important quote from Benvolio ‘I do but keep the peace. Put up
thy sword, or manage to part these men with me.’ (Shakespeare, 15-17). This
demonstrates Benvolio will be the peace creator and moderator all through the
play, and that he is a very important and fair character. Mercutio has a very
effective quote, and it was one of his last words ‘A plague o’ both your
houses’ (Shakespeare, 149). This anticipates the deaths of both the Capulet and
Montague families, the reason it is so effective isn’t just because of the
predicting but because Mercutio was a strong and a loved member of the Montague
family. For Mercutio’s last words to wish something as strong as a plague to be
among not just on the Capulet family but as well as the Montague’s is an
intense thing for him to say.

 

Romeo
and Juliet are victims of destiny and fate. Romeo and Juliet’s lives are
predetermined but are also a series of heartbreaking and unfortunate events.
Romeo and Juliet’s ill-fated lives are portrayed 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, Juliet longed for Romeo to have some other name
than a Montague, and Romeo didn’t want to believe that she was a Capulet. Romeo
also didn’t want any harm done to the two families even in the beginning, yet
Tybalt had murdered Mercutio and Romeo had murdered Tybalt in order to defend
Mercutio. However Romeo and Juliet do accept their fate and go on as lovers,
but it backfires. Once Tybalt had been murdered by Romeo, the star-crossed
lovers go through a quick and major downfall of much bad luck and it causes to
take their own lives. They died for their love, they accepted their love for
one another and decided they rather be dead together than to be alive and away
from each other. Shakespeare had Romeo and Juliet as victims of fate and
destiny, to show that there’s a certain extent of being a victim of fate and
destiny and you are able to decide if you accept it or not.

 

Fate
and destiny are what chooses what happens in our lives, with there being an
explanation behind the putting of our lives. So with Shakespeare’s opening
words, the audience was urged encouraged to believe that Romeo and Juliet were
bound to die with each other. The audience was also reminded over and over again
the end of the play won’t be a happy ending, from the many foreshadowing all
through the whole play. Shakespeare influenced us to think about fate and how
free our actions are truly are.