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The Websters Dictionary defines fate as Predetermined and inevitable necessity that power which is thought to determine ones future success or failure etc In William Shakespeares The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet his pair of star-crossed lovers Juliet and Romeo are fated to meet fall in love and take their lives But does their predestined demise have an equally as important purpose And if so should the Princes final edict be carried out and should any of those involved be punishedRomeo and Juliets inevitable future is stated at the beginning of the play in the prologue However there are still aspects of foreshadowing that futher convinces the reader of the importance of the aspect of fate in this story One such example is shown here when Juliet asks the Nurse to find out who Romeo is If he be married My grave is like to be my wedding bed 15148-9 By this Juliet means if Romeo is already married then she will be so depressed that she will die instead of marrying him or anyone else The audience knows that Romeo is not married and this passage serves as a hint to Juliets future in conjunction with her marriage to Romeo After realizing who Romeo is the son of her familys greatest enemy Juliet saysMy only love sprung from my only hateToo early seen unknown and known too lateProdigious birth of love it is to meThat I must love a loathd enemy 15152-5By this Juliet means to say If only she had known who Romeo was before falling in love with him What an ominous sign that she should love the only son of her familys greatest enemy This proves that Romeo and Juliet were indeed fated to fall in love for if either Juliet or Romeo had the choice neither of them would have chosen to fall in love with someone completely unaccessableThe death of Romeo and Juliet is as well predestined for it
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