romeo & juliet (theme) ~fate

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  • Romeo & Juliet Themes -FATE-
    • Right at the start of the play the audience is told that Romeo and Juliet's fate is ultimately death
    • There are references to fate throughout the play- this is so that the audience are reminded that romeo and Juliets doom is inevitable.
      • "I would the fool were married to her grave"- lady capulet(when Juliet denies to marry paris)
    • The characters also blame fate and think they're cursed.
    • "shake the yoke of inauspicious stars"- Romeo(when he sees Juliet is dead and he is about to kill himself too)meaning that he wants to be free from his fate
      • Juliet's parents didn't pay enough attention to what Juliet felt or wanted
    • Star-crossed means that the stars are against them
      • Shakespeare explores the idea of fate versus personal responsibility within his play- there could be more than one answer.
    • "a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life" prologue
    • Fate is a convenient idea for romeo at this point because it menas that its not his fault
    • If it wasn't fate whose fault was it? - was it all R&J's own actions that caused their suicidal end or was it all bad luck and bad timing- everything happens for a reason.
      • After this tragic end it brought peace to Verona , the feud between the Montagues and Capulets ceased.
  • Other reasons for their tragic end could be- that they were too in love to think straight, friar Lawrence suggested a dangerous plan without giving any risks.
    • the nurse also never stopped Juliet form being with romeo despite knowing about the relationship the entire time


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