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Fate Imagery The stars which represent fate prove to be an insurmountable obstacle to the love that Romeo and Juliet share It is the fight against family feud city and fate which propels the action forward It is also because we the audience members want so badly for the star-crossed lovers to prevail that we cry at an outcome which we had no real doubt would happen Not only do the characters in Romeo and Juliet believe in the controlling force of fate but according to E M W Tillyard link to not yet written historical contexts paper link could be whole quote or something I totally arbitrarily chose his name the Elizabethan also believed in the pervasive operation of an external fate in the world 49 Furthermore it was quite taken for granted that the stars dictated the general mutability of sublunary things and that fortune was a part of this mutability applying to mankind alone Tillyard 48 One of the earliest instances of a character guessing at th e fate awaiting him is Romeo in Act one scene four Romeo has a premonition of what will come which is eerie in its accuracy He foresees his own untimely death as stemming directly from the actions of that night the party at the Capulets and while he may contrive with the best of intentions and brightest of plans he will not escape what has been set before him Much later in the play Romeo has one of his most famous lines In Act five scene one upon hearing of Juliets death he says Then I defy you stars 24 At first glance this is merely the ranting of a very young man but with a closer inspection those five words hold much significance Romeo cannot defy the stars any more than he can change history Mere lines before his death Romeo says O here Will I set up
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