Romeo and Juliet and their Fate Essay

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Romeo and Juliet and their fate
Fate is the supposed power that predetermines events. Romeo and Juliet, the two young lovers in
William Shakespeare' s Romeo and Juliet, ended up becoming a large part of what could be called "fate".
Fate seemed to control their lives and force them together, becoming a large part of their love, and the ending of their parent's hatred. Fate became the ultimate control power in this play, and plays a large part in modern everyday life, even if we don't recognize it. Maybe we don't recognize it because we choose not to, or don't have faith like we used to, but the fact remains that fate controls what we do throughout all of our lives. Initially, a large part of the beliefs for both Romeo and Juliet involve fate. They believed in the stars, and that their actions weren't always their own. Romeo, for example says, "Some consequence yet hanging in the stars/ by some vile forfeit of untimely death/ But he that hath the steerage over my course Direct my said"(1.4.115­120). He's basically saying to his friends that he had a dream which leads him to believe that he will die young because of something in the stars, something that will happen. He ends with "...he that hath steerage over my course..." which implies that he does not have control over his life if he looks to another power above himself to direct him. He does not feel that he is the one who makes decisions, it is all a higher purpose, a different power. We're all sort of like the puppets below the puppeteer. He's asking for that puppeteer to direct his "sail," or his life, in the right direction. Throughout the play, Romeo and Juliet have dreams or visions of their deaths. Juliet for example says, "Methinks I see thee/ now thou art so low/ as one dead in the bottom of a tomb"(3.5.55). She sees
Romeo dead in a tomb, which is where he eventually ends up in the end of the play, beside her. This why she talks about Romeo being so low in a tomb, he's dead, and she has foreseen it, before it has even happened.

How could she have seen the future if it wasn't already decided for her? The answer is, she probably couldn't have. In addition, believing in fate and trusting dreams such as these is believing in the idea that a stronger power and force controls us, and in the case of such a strong love as the love between Romeo and Juliet, that there is one person out there destined for everyone. It's romantic, and Romeo and Juliet were lucky enough to find each other, even if their love eventually led them to their deaths. In this case, however, fate may have been trying to do more than bring the two together. The Prince says, "A gloomy peace with it brings"(5.3.317), after they two are discovered dead and their marriage revealed by the Friar. The hatred and feud between the two houses was causing so many to lose their lives. The Prince was fed up with them and their brawls, "By thee/ old Capulet/ and Montague/ have thrice disturbed