Some think that whatever takes place throughout the course of their lives is inevitable and every event destined and set out before them like a map to their life; in other words, fate. Fate is specified as a force, principle or power that predetermines occasions, it is the inescapable occasions that are predestined by this force. Why do Romeo and Juliet meet? Why do Mercutio and Tybalt have to pass away? Why does Juliet awaken seconds after Romeo passes away?
These occurrences are brought on by fate.
Romeo and Juliet’s fates were connected from the beginning. In the Prologue it states “A pair of star-crossed enthusiasts take their life”. This sentence reveals that from the start that the fate of Romeo and Juliet was composed in the stars, and they were cursed to death. In the play, fate directs the lives of the characters. Secondly, it foreshadows events that were yet to come. Last but not least, the characters are aware that they are managed by their destiny and fate. In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, fate plays a significant function.
Fate directs the lives of the characters in the play. Romeo and Juliet’s first conference isn’t purely coincidental. A servant of Capulet crosses paths with Romeo and Benvolio, and invites them to the Capulet party, not knowing that they are Montagues. “My master is the great abundant Capulet, and, if you be not of your home of Montagues, I pray come and squash a cup of wine” (I. ii. 78-80). It is by fate that Romeo and Benvolio face the Capulet servant and find out of the party. It is not just a mishap that the servant tells the 2 cousins about the party at which Romeo is destined, yet still uninformed, that he will meet his one true love. Likewise, it is not by coincidence that Friar John is not able to provide the letter of Friar Lawrence’s plans to Romeo. It is destined for Balthasar to tell Romeo that Juliet had passed away. “Her body oversleeps Capel’s monument, And her immortal part with angels lives” (V.i. 18-19).
Even though he states what he thinks holds true and had excellent intents, Balthasar’s news is the cause of the tragedy. He is the last piece of Romeo’s puzzle of fate. Romeo, being oblivious to Friar Lawrence’s plan, go back to Verona only to take his life next to his “dead” spouse. In the play, fate manages the paths of life of the characters. Fate is a prophecy for bad things to come numerous times during the story. The first time fate foretells the future was prior to the Capulet ball. Romeo has a strange feeling prior to he shows up to the party; he says:
Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,
Shall bitterly begin his fearful date
With this night’s revels, and end the term
Of a despised life closed in my breast
By some disgusting surrender of unforeseen death
Romeo anticipated that fate isn’t on his side that night; going to the party would set Romeo on a life modifying course which would lead to his utter demise. The death of both Romeo and Juliet is the “repercussion” Romeo discusses. Another prime example of foreshadowing by fate is the last time Romeo and Juliet fulfill living and well. Juliet proclaims” O God, I have an ill-divining soul”(III.v.54); it is God’s will that her soul forebodes wicked and malice. Juliet then mentions that it appears as though Romeo is in a tomb and that he looks deathly pale. Romeo’s death is envisioned yet once again, making it impossible to deny that his fate will lead him to any other outcome. Fate is a harbinger of Romeo and Juliet’s definite future: death. Characters believe that fate controls their destiny.
This realization is made by Romeo after combating and eliminating Tybalt, he states “O, I am fortune’s fool.”(III.i.135). Romeo is disturbed over slaying Tybalt, subsequently damaging his future with Juliet and the possibility of ceasing the fight between the 2 families. He sees himself as a based on his “fortune” or fate, and acknowledges that he can not manage his actions. Later on, when Romeo finds out of Juliet’s obvious death, he exclaims “Then I defy you, stars!”(V.i. 24). Romeo tries to oppose the stars, or fate by revealing his self-reliance by saying that he supervises of his own life and that he is not ruled by some fixed series of events.
Nevertheless, Romeo can not change his fate and whatever that happened to him was going to occur no matter what and he was predestined to fall in love and concern a regrettable end. Committing suicide next to his love Juliet is precisely what fate had in shop for him. In the end, Romeo did the reverse of defying his fate by satisfying it. In conclusion, in Romeo and Juliet, fate plays a powerful and meaningful role. Fate has a strategy set out for each character. It is a prediction of the couple’s doomed and awful end. Likewise, the characters are aware that their life’s course is decided for them by fate.
As Lemony Snicket once said “Fate is like an unusual, unpopular dining establishment filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never ever asked for and do not constantly like.”; Nobody will genuinely understand what fate has in mind for them; every experience and result occurs for a reason. Whether it is good or bad, fate will always get its method no matter the cost.