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Does Shakepare Show Romeo And Juliet As Victim Of Fate

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How far do you think Shakespeare presents Romeo and Juliet as victims of fate?

“Romeo and Juliet” is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare in 1597, when people believed that their lives were controlled by fate, like a force or spirit that decides the course a person’s life should take. They believed in magic, horoscopes and that the Sun, Moon and stars could change their destiny. In this play Shakespeare presents Romeo and Juliet as victims of fate in many different ways.

At the prologue of the play the chorus describes Romeo and Juliet as "star-crossed lovers". This suggests that they fight against (or cross) their fate, which is written in the stars. It means that they are in love ...view middle of the document...

He will let fate decide where he goes. This adds to dramatic irony, for the audience already knows that Romeo and Juliet are destined to meet and then to die. Therefore, it was a vital moment that Romeo decided to go to the party, for if he would not have gone, he would never have met Juliet.
Also, Romeo and Juliet are not supposed to be in love, and just before Juliet finds out that Romeo is a Montague, she says: "my grave is like to be my wedding bed”
This shows that Juliet senses that something bad will happen. This adds to dramatic irony, as in the end of the play, when she dies in the tomb with Romeo, it could be seen that her grave really is her wedding bed. This adds to t effect of the “star-crossed lovers” being controlled by fate.

It is unfortunate for Romeo and Juliet that their two families are against each other, as this means that they are not supposed to be married, but they still carry on seeing each other. They are willing to change who they are to be together, "And I'll no longer be a Capulet". (Act 2 Scene 2, Line 36). They don't see each other as enemies but they both swear lover’s oaths to each other. It is not only the two lovers that want to change their destiny, but also Friar Laurence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet, as he believes that the love of the two children will conquer the hate of the families, as it could be seen that he feels that love can change the fate of the two families. Unfortunately, as the characters try to avoid their terrible destinies, they seal their fate, although they may believe that they are undoing it. Perhaps Shakespeare is perhaps saying that humans simply cannot change what is written in the stars, as we posses too any emotions that will block our view of the truth.
In addition to this we see that Romeo does not care what will happen to him or his lover, although all odds may be against them, even death, he will stop at nothing to be with the one he loves: “Then love-devouring Death do what he dear, It is enough I may but call her mine.” (Act 2 Scene 6, Lines 7-8). This adds to dramatic irony, as the mention of “love-devouring death” foreshadows the fact that he poisons himself, as he cannot be with the one he loves. It also proves that fate makes the two love each other, and cruelly condemns them to death.

In Act 3, this scene is the major pivotal scene of the play, meaning it is the biggest turning point of the play. In this scene many tragic events take place, leading up to the death of Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and the exile of her beloved Romeo. Tybalt has also already sent a duel invite to Romeo which he is unaware of, this is a classic case of dramatic irony, as the audience knows that fate is decided that something bad is happening even though the characters do not.

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