William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
It is almost certain that Shakespeare saw fate and love as the main
themes in ‘Romeo and Juliet’. There is proof from many of his other
plays such as ‘Mac Beth’ and ‘Julius Caesar’ which both include fate
as a strong theme.
Plays which were written as far back as the Greek and Elizabethan days
often included fate or love, as the people were very superstitious and
aware of the ‘stars’. A definition of fate would be the power that is
supposed to settle ahead of time how things will happen. The blindness
of young love is another large theme in the play. ...view middle of the document...
“One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun ne’er saw her match since
first the world begun.”
“So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, as younder lady o’er her
It is either pure chance that the servant arrives or, fate
When Romeo and Juliet first meet, they almost instantly ‘click’.
Throughout their conversation, they both use religious words like
‘holy’, ‘prayer’, ‘shrine’, ‘blessed’, and ‘pilgrim’. The sonnet
indicates a lot of heavenly imagery, hinting that something dreadful
will happen in time to come.
Juliet mentions their relationship growing like a flower, although in
a negative aspect, flowers also die soon after which could propose
what is going to happen further on in the play.
“This bud of love by summer’s ripening breath may prove a beauteous
flower when we next meet.”
Shakespeare makes Romeo seem obsessed with the idea that the stars are
in control everything. He blames fate or misfortune for nearly all
that goes wrong.
“Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars.”
“Is it e’en so? Then I deft you, stars!”
Romeo talks about Juliet as if she were an angel and compares her to
heaven and the stars.
“Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven, having some business, do
intreat her eyes to twinkle in their spleens till they return.”
Romeo is besides himself with love and talks foolishly, ‘…with love’s
light wings did I o’erperch these walls…’
When Juliet refers to her love for Romeo, she mentions death and love
in the same sentence. This is unusual as death is not normally
mentioned when someone is on the subject of love.
“Come gentle night, come loving black-browed night, give me my Romeo,
and when I shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars, and he
will make the face of heaven so fine.”
This suggests that death is going to be involved in Romeo and Juliet’s
love for one another.
Although Romeo and Juliet do love each other, they are both too young
to think about the consequences of their actions. They rush into
marriage and do not think about what could happen between the feuding
of their families.
“If that thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage.”
The day after they meet, they are so...