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Fate and Free Will used in Romeo and Juliet The impacts of fate and free will surround us everyday A major symbol for fate is the stars Similar to fate the stars go untouched and cannot be altered Shakespeare uses fate and free will in Romeo and Juliet to show fate is a predetermined force and free will is by choice Fate is shown through Romeo and Juliets doomed love the characters reaction to fate and the ending can be seen to be a reply of fate The idea that the story of Romeo and Juliet was based around doomed love is given from before the story even starts in the Prologue A pair of star-crossd lovers take their life This showing that destiny awaited them Before Romeo met Juliet he claimed to be in love with Rosaline and didnt think he could have anyone else compare to her One fairer than my love The all- seeing sun Neer saw her match since first the world began I ii lines 92 Romeo thought that he was truly in love with Rosaline however when he sees Juliet it is love at first sight He then questions his love for Rosaline Did my heart love till now Forswear it sight For I neer saw true beauty till this night I v lines 50 He became aware that it was wrong for him to love her once he knew whom Juliet belonged to My only love sprung from my only hate I v line 137 Once they knew they continued to follow their hearts Romeo couldnt help but love Juliet and she felt the same about Romeo Romeo and Juliet met and fell in love through fate the events leading up to the conclusion involved the characters reply to fate and resulted in their deaths When Tybalt was instigating a duel Romeo encouraged Mercutio to fight Tybalt Gentle Mercutio put thy rapier up III
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