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Fated Foes Of Romeo And Juliet

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Shakespeare, the author of the play Romeo and Juliet, tells the story of two teenagers from the sixteenth century whom fall in love with one another while their family’s loathe each other. Although the story of Romeo and Juliet has many themes, one of them being most important is fate because it determines the play’s tragic ending through a higher power, the feuding families, love, and death. As a result, fate leaves Romeo and Juliet with no other choice than to die for each other.
Throughout the story of Romeo and Juliet, fate controls the characters through being a higher power. One example of fate playing the role of the higher power is when the Prologue points out that Romeo ...view middle of the document...

Another example of when the two families cause Romeo and Juliet to be left with no choice by fate is when Juliet shows her frustration with the feud and its influence on Romeo and Juliet’s relationship when she finds out that Romeo is a foe of hers. Juliet exclaims, "My only love sprung from my only hate" (1.5.152). Her frustration burned inside of her like a fire, understanding that her future with Romeo shattered right then and there. Fate did not allow Romeo and Juliet be together because of the fact that their families were not on good terms. If fate did not make the two families such great enemies, maybe Romeo and Juliet could have had a chance.
The source of Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other is controlled by fate or destined through a higher power. Fate shows how compatible Romeo and Juliet are for each other and how much their love is meant to be. Shakespeare writes, “ A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life” (Prologue.6) Shakespeare describes Romeo and Juliet as “star-crossed” lovers, which means that they are not only emotionally connected but also spiritually. The diction use of the word “star-crossed” traces back to the idea of astrology and how a higher power like the heaven could decides one’s fate. Another example of how fate shows how compatible Romeo and Juliet are for each other is when Juliet finds out that she falls in love with a Montague, the family’s enemy. Juliet says, “ Prodigious birth of love it is to me / That I must love a loathed enemy” (1.5.154-155). The daughter of the Capulets, Juliet, does not believe that love should emerge from hate but she is torn apart between Romeo and his family’s name. She describes Romeo as being extraordinary in size and so wonderful that she compares him to being something larger than life, like fate. Juliet believes that Romeo was brought upon her by a higher power.
At the end of the story, the effects of fate cause the main characters, Romeo and Juliet, to make hard decisions, which lead them to the tragedy of death. An example...

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