Romeo and Juliet Essay – Fate


In the play of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare has shown fate through a series of events that were made to happen. 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.


In the play, there are many ways that Shakespeare shows fate through language. The best example of this is the quote “He that hath steerage of my course, direct my sail”

Refers to god and fate:

In Romeo and Juliet fate is determined by God. The theme of fate

Romeo and Juliet: Act 5 Scene 3, Summary, FINAL SCENE!!!!!

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!

Romeo and Juliet: Act 5 Scene 2, Summary

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!

Romeo and Juliet: Act 5 Scene 1, Summary

Location: Mantua

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.”


Romeo and Juliet: Act 4 Scene 5, Summary

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

Romeo and Juliet: Act 4 Scene 2, 3 and 4, Summary

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.


Romeo and Juliet: Act 4, Scene 1 Summary

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.

Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 5 Summary

Location: Juliet’s Bedroom

Characters: Juliet, Romeo, Nurse, Lady Capulet, Capulet

Time: Very Early Tuesday Morning

Events: Romeo climbed up to Juliet’s bedroom and they had sex. Romeo must escape to Manua. The nurse comes and warns Romeo and Juliet that Juliet’s parents are coming. Romeo crawls down the balcony Lady Capulet and Capulet tells Juliet that she will be married to Paris on Thursday. She refuses. However, Romeo will never see Juliet again and will never be able to claim her as his wife.

Quotes: Art thou gone so, love, lord, ay husband, friend? I must hear from thee every day in the hour, For a minute there are many days.

Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 3 Summary

Location: Friar Lawrence’s cell

Characters: Friar Lawrence, Romeo, Nurse

Time: Monday Night

Events: Friar Lawrence tries to calm down Romeo, but Romeo keeps thinking the worst and says that he would rather die than be banished. Being banished means not being with Juliet. Romeo threatens to kill himself but Friar Lawrence has a plan.