The street was empty
The street was wrecked
The street was silent
The street was covered in litter
The man pulled his trolly down the street
The man walked down the straight white line
The short man carried his luggage down the road
The man walked down the deserted street
The man walked down the deserted street that was completely silent
The man walked down the silent, deserted street
The man walked down the white line while carrying his heavy luggage behind him
Beside me was a short policeman holding his German shepherd, he looked at us with a serious face as we drove past in our old blue car. We drove slowly as we passed two more policemen, this time they were on both sides of us, holding guns.
A thick grey fog surrounded the top of the building above us. As we entered the large gates open in front of us a man in a small box behind let down the wooden drawbridge. It was missing planks and didn’t look very stable. We cautiously changed into 2nd gear and drove on the bridge, holding our breaths as the planks crumbled below us. A tall man opened our door. He was wearing an expensive suit, his face was hidden by black sunglasses. He escorted us to the massive double doors which opened up to a grand entrance with marble floors and a large crystal chandelier. A maid came and gave us a glass of champagne and we entered. The man took us into an elevator and we went down to the ground floor. My fingers were shaking uncontrollably, beads of sweat were falling from my head, I was seeing stars, the room was spinning, I was going from cold to hot every second, and I could feel my legs becoming limp as I dropped to the floor. They drugged me.
I woke up in a small room the walls were a dirty grey concrete that was crumbling around the corners. I tried to stand up but my hands and feet were chained to the floor. There was a yellowed pillow and crusty tartan blanket on the floor beside me. Above me was an extremely high window covered by heavy black bars.
Fate is something that was destined to happen, In the play of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare has shown fate through a series of events that were made to happen. He shows them through the Prologue, in metaphors and through co-incidents. In the Shakespearean times, fate was one of the main things that controlled their lives and this was the same in Romeo and Juliet because it was a very fate based play.
In the prologue, it mentions “Star Cross’d Lovers” which means that they were chosen to be together – by fate; Star meaning chosen by the stars. It also mentions Death Mark’d Love meaning the only way that they could continue their love was with death and the afterlife. The prologue briefly mentions everything that happens in the play before you read/watch the play, you already know whats going to happen before the play has begun.
In Romeo and Juliet fate is determined by God. The quote “I am fortune’s fool” (when he finds out Juliet is lying in the tomb) Shakspere uses the word fortune referring to luck. In this quote, he is saying that he has bad luck because Juliet is supposedly dead because of his mistakes.
Refers to god and fate:
In the play, there are many ways that Shakespeare shows fate through language. Romeo refers to himself as a boat and says that God directs him meaning that God is “fate” and he will direct Romeo. “He that hath the steerage of my course, direct my sail”
Fate controlled the lives of people in the Shakespearian times and William Shakespear showed it in many ways, he is very good at hiding secret messages throughout the play and
Define fate – even using the dictionary definition.
Outline all three ways it shows in the play. Prologue, co-incidences, metaphors.
Mention how everything is laid out before the play begins
Explain the quotes – how are they fate?
REFERENCES TO FATE:
Explain how the quote is another reference to fate.
Summarise your thoughts about how Shakespeare tells us fate works in the play.
Location: Churchyard – Capulet tomb.
Characters: Paris, Romeo, Balthasar, Juliet, Friar Lawrence, Watchmen, Captain of the watch, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Prince, Montague, Page.
Time: Friday Night
Events: Paris comes to scatter flowers on the tomb with a servant. The servant warns him that someone is coming so he hides and Romeo and Balthasar enter. Romeo threatens Balthasar and says that if he doesn’t leave he will kill him. Paris sees Romeo and thinks he has come to disrespect the body of either Tybalt or Juliet. In a rage, Paris pulls out his sword and they fight. Romeo kills Paris, As he dies he requests to be laid next to Juliet is the tomb and Romeo does that. Romeo enters the tomb carrying Paris and sees Juliet lying peacefully, he wonders how she can still look so beautiful when she is dead. He kisses her, drinks the potion, kisses her again, then dies. Seconds later Friar Lawrence comes into the churchyard and Balthasar tells him that Romeo is in the tomb. Friar enters the tomb with a bad feeling. He see’s Paris’s dead body, then Romeos then Juliet. There was blood everywhere. Juliet wakes up. Juliet asks where Romeo is and the friar tells her that Romeo and Paris are both dead. He hears the watch coming and says she must leave, but Juliet refuses. so the Friar leaves alone. Juliet sees Romeo beside her and is sad that he didn’t leave any potion for her. She kisses him to try and get potion off his lips but nothing happens, in desperation, she grabs Romeo’s dagger and stabs herself. She dies. The Watchmen find blood near the tombstone. They hold the friar and Balthasar who were found trembling in the churchyard. The Watchmen find Romeo, Juliet, and Paris in the tomb. Montague arrives and says that Lady Montague has died from the shock of Romeos Death. Friar Lawrence tells the story of their secret marriage and the consequences. The prince is angry at the Capulets and Montagues saying it is their fault from the feud for the deaths of these children. Capulet and Montague hold hands and agree to end the feud and put it all behind them.
Quote: Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death, Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth, Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open, And in despite I’ll cram thee with more food!
Location: Friar Lawrence’s Cell
Characters: Friar John, Friar Lawrence
Time: Thursday Morning
Events: Romeo has been given the wrong information, Friar John should have delivered the letter to Romeo, was not allowed to leave Verona. Romeo traveled from Mantua to Verona and arrived outside the Capulet house.
Quote: Poor living corse, closed in a dead man’s tomb!
Characters: Romeo, Balthasar, Apothecary
Time: Wednesday Morning
Events: Romeo is told that Juliet is dead. He realizes that now he has no meaning for life and decides to go to Verona. He goes to the apothecary to get a lethal potion.
Quote: “There is thy gold, worse poison to men’s souls, doing more murder in this loathsome world than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell. I sell thee poison, thou hast sold me.”
Location: Juliet’s Bedroom
Characters: Nurse, Lady Capulet, Capulet, Friar Lawrence, Paris, First Musician, Peter, Second Musician
Time: Wednesday Morning
Events: Nurse goes in to wake up Juliet and opens the curtains. Nurse talks to Juliet. At first, she thinks Juliet is in a deep sleep but then discovers that she is dead. Lady Capulet and Capulet are called in to her room. Friar Lawrence comes in and asks if Juliet is ready to go to church and Capulet says that she is ready to go to church but not to return. Friar Lawrence gives instructions for the removal of Juliet’s body.
Quote: Ready to go but not ever to return
Location: Capulets House, Juliet’s Bedroom
Characters: Capulet, Lady Capulet, Nurse, Servingmen, Juliet
Time: Tuesday Afternoon, Tuesday Night, Early Wednesday Morning.
Events: The Capulets prepare for the wedding and Juliet agrees to marry Paris. The wedding is moved to Wednesday. Juliet worries that the Potion could kill her. So she puts the knife beside her bed in case it doesn’t work.
Location: Friar Lawrence’s Cell
Characters: Juliet, Paris, Friar Lawrence
Time: Tuesday Morning
Events: Paris talks to Juliet as if she is already his and says that she has abused her face with tears. Juliet goes to Friar Lawrence and asks if there is any way she cannot get married to Paris. He comes up with a plan. He gives Juliet a potion that will make her look like she is dead for 48 hours. So on the wedding day, Paris will find Juliet dead and she will be taken to the Capulet tomb.
Quotes: Poor soul, thy face is abus’d with tears. Thy face is mine, and thou hast slander’d it.