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Romeo and Juliet are victims of fate which is a dominant force from the beginning of the play In the opening prologue we are told that Romeo and Juliet are star-crossd and death-markd The audience learns that the young lovers are doomed to destruction and tragedy From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossd lovers take their life Prologue line 5-6 Many characters believe they are controlled by the stars The plot stresses the power fate has on Romeo and Juliets lives Although the characters foresee the future they are not able to change the outcome Even the power of love is not able to change their fate Romeo and Juliet are destined to die and end their parents feud The characters make references to the stars and express premonitions of doom Romeo becomes a pitiful puppet in the hands of fate when he says I fear too early for my mind misgives Some consequence yet handing in the stars Shall bitterly begin his fearful date By some vile forfeit of untimely death Act 1 Sc 5 Line 106 Proving that Romeo feels uneasy about going to the Capulet party but he does not follow his instincts Even Friar Lawrence tries to reassure himself with prayers yet he notes that These violent delights have violent endsAct2 Sc 6 Line 9 As Romeo leaves for exile Juliet looks down from her window and murmurs Methinks I see thee now thou are so low As one dead in the bottom of a tomb Act 3 Sc 5 Line 55 Juliet has a vision of Romeo dead in a tomb which is where Romeo ends up in the end of the play Hence the characters have dreams and omens of what fate has in store for them Several preplanned events influence the destiny of Romeo and Juliet If Romeo and Benvolio had not
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