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.