How far do you think Shakespeare presents Romeo and Juliet as victims of fate? Williams Shakespeare ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is one of world most renowned love tragedies. One of the most prominent themes that runs through out the play is fate and how this leads to the lovers tragic end. This was a common theme in many of Shakespeare plays as during the Elizabethan period most people believed in the power of fate. I believe that Romeo and Juliet were victims of fate and many times In the Story they foreshadow what happens in the future. From the very beginning of the book Shakespeare presents Romeo and
Juliet as victims of fate. ‘From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life, whose misadventure piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents strife. ‘ In the prologue it suggests that “fate” will play a huge role in Romeo and Gullet’s tragedy. According to the chorus, Romeo and Juliet are “star-crossed” (as if the stars control their destinies) and their love is “mark’s” by “death. ” The chorus also suggests that Romeo and Juliet were destined for tragedy the moment they were born.
Just before Romeo heads over to the Capsule ball, where he falls in love and meets Juliet he speaks of fate and how he dreamt that there would be bad consequences from this night “l fear it is to early, for my mind missives some coincidence, yet hanging in the stars” however he still proceeded to the party believing it would lead to an “untimely death. ” During the end of the party Juliet asks the nurse “go ask his name : if he be married. My grave shall be my wedding bed. ” by saying this Juliet foreshadows her own death- her grave does become her wedding bed.
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 is 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. ” 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. Act 3 is the biggest turning point in the play when Romeo kills Silicate’s cousin Table and the exile of Romeo.
Table 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. When Table sees Romeo, as if he is somehow possessed by fate; the bloody feted of the family’s clouding his vision, as the hot sun clouds peoples heads. He is determined to kill him. At first, Romeo does not want to fight with Table, and then Mercuric gets involved. Mercuric gets stabbed by Table and he says “A plague Abbott houses! He is cursing the already doomed house, and in a way, this is one of the moments in the play hat contains the most dramatic irony, as at the end of the play it could be interpreted as the downfall Of the families; Juliet is the only daughter of the Capsules and Romeo is the only son of the Montage’s. In those days, if one were to Los the ‘heir’ of ones families, it was seen as a terrible curse, as the line of their families ended and their dynasty cannot continue. “Q am Fortunes fool. ” Romeo almost regrets killing Table, and realizes, that his rash reactions were wrong, and that eventually, his emotions will lead to his downfall.
Juliet does not want to marry Paris. She states “l will not marry yet; and, when do swear, It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris. These are news indeed! ” This shows that not only does Juliet not want to marry, but it is also an example of dramatic irony whereas the audience knows she really does want to be with Romeo. But then, Friar Laurence offers a solution: “Take thou this vial, being then in bed, And this distilled liquor drink thou off; When presently through all thy veins shall run A cold and drowsy humor, for no pulse Shall keep his native progress, but surcease”
He is saying that he can give Juliet a drink which will put her into a coma that will make it appear as though she is dead so that she can escape into exile to be with Romeo. However, the marriage is rescheduled for Wednesday instead of Thursday, and Capsule says “Send for the County; go tell him of this: I’ll have this know knit up tomorrow morning. ” Because of this Juliet must drink the contents of the vial earlier. The arranged marriage is bad luck because it is another obstacle which prevents Romeo and Juliet from being together. The message from Friar Laurence must reach Romeo through a friar to
Mantra. “In this resolve. I’ll send a friar with speed To Mantra, with my letters to thy lord. ” The message must reach Romeo so that he knows what Friar Laurence and Juliet have planned. Unfortunately, there is a quarantine which prevents the messenger, Friar John, from delivering his message in time. Consequently, since Romeo does not receive a letter from Friar Laurence telling of their plan, Romeo instead hears from Blathers that Juliet is dead, and now rests in the Capsule crypt.