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Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo Montague Pages: 2 (1656 words) Published: October 8, 2014
Topic question: Fate brought Romeo and Juliet together and fate destroyed them. Do you agree? Discuss using appropriate references from the play to support your argument. Fate, or destiny, is a supernatural power out of one’s control that predetermines the development of events in the coming future. In principal, the concept of faith is based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to the universe, controlling the inevitable events predestined by this force. In the play “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”, there are evident mentions of fate and its role in shaping the outcome of the story; in Elizabeth times, it was generally accepted belief that fate controlled one’s life and one could only follow, thus creating the core to all of Shakespeare’s tragedies. This idea is also inscribed in the Bible, Jeremiah verse 1:5. It states `Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations’, meaning that God had already planned one’s life before they had been born and no doubt the religious folks of this era very much followed. In Romeo and Juliet, fate is evident from the very beginning and is the reasoning for the lover’s tryst and death. The existence of fate is secured by the fact that the majority of the Christian Elizabethan population believed in fate and God predetermining their lives, so when everyone bases their beliefs on fate, it becomes a reality since nobody fights it but only follows it. Because we know Romeo and Juliet’s fate from the outset we are constantly hoping that they will take a different course, perhaps that Romeo will arrive just after Juliet has woken. However, their fate is sealed and we are forced to question our own destiny and ability to make free choices. From the beginning of the play, fate is indicated and lays out the plot for the reader, quoted from the prologue: Enter chorus “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-crossed lovers...
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