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Fate in Romeo and Juliet FATE f t n 1aThe supposed force principle or power that predetermines events bThe inevitable events predestined by this force 2A final result or consequence an outcome 3Unfavorable destiny doom New Heritage American Dictionary Jordanhazy 2 Fate is a force that knows neither age nor opposition Some call it luck while others call it chance either way fate gets the last word William Shakespeare recognized this timeless force in arguably his most timeless play Throughout The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare demonstrates the strong role of fate especially in Romeo and Juliets meeting troubled relationship and tragic death Early in the first lines of the prologue Shakespeare sets the scene for tragedy Two households both alike in dignity In fair Verona where we lay our scene From ancient grudge break to new mutiny Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their lifeShakespeare 1 He openly admits to the audience the disastrous conclusion of the upcoming play In doing so Shakespeare blames the tragic outcome on the stars or in other words on fate This is Shakespeares first reference to fate a theme present in all five acts As the audience carries on the journey with the two feuding families Shakespeares belief in fate is reinforced time and time again Romeo Montague did not plan on meeting Juliet Capulet In fact he did not aspire to meet anyone at all At this time in the play the start of Act I Romeo is grieving Jordanhazy 3 over his current misfortune in love His heart belongs to the fair young Rosaline he knows of nothing as beautiful or sweet However Rosaline does not return his affections Romeo is left wishing for Rosaline to love
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