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In William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet several clues are provided foreshadowing the deaths of the title characters Despite all of the insinuated opportunities to dodge the gruesome ending fate written in the stars cannot be avoided and these characters not destined to have their love must die This central idea of fate is first introduced in the Prologue when the chorus refers to Romeo and Juliet as star-crossed lovers Prologue6 fate is a power often vested in the movement of the stars This sense of fate guided by the stars remains throughout the play and the characters themselves are highly aware of it The first major example of foreshadowing in relation to Romeo and Juliets deaths appears when Romeo prepares to go to the Capulet ball as he fears some consequence yet hanging in the stars Iiv14 And although his initial encounter at the ball with Juliet may seem appropriate for their love and romance the meeting of the two is actually in opposition to the laws of destiny outlined not only in the stars but also by the lawgivers of their society Friar Lawrence also senses the power of fate and gives a warning to Romeo Wisely and slow They stumble that run fast IIiv101 The priest understands that Romeo may be acting hastily resulting in a quick demise and thus warns him not to rush into a marriage with Juliet This warning further foreshadows the deaths of Romeo and Juliet Juliet herself directly alludes to Romeos death as she says O God I have an ill-divining soul Methinks I see thee now thou art so low As one dead in the bottom of a tomb Either my eyesight fails or thou lookest pale IIIiv54-57 Juliet along with several other characters in the play can intuit the turmoil that inevitably will result from the lovers determination to resist the stars plan The image of Romeos death is a
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