February 9, 2011
Fate's True role in Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare's Romeo Juliet had many characters which played immense roles in Romeo and Juliet. Whether it be the foils, the Nurse or Mercutio or Lord Capulet. Carefully, Shakespeare made each character have a purpose in the play. Lemony Snicket says, Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like. Fate played such a role in Romeo and Juliet by either helping their love lives or plainly making their lives hell.
Fate reached out its hand to Romeo, to help the dear Romeo with his love life. Romeo, still submerged in his present love-lockdown with Rosaline, consciously seek a someone that would help with his intricate love life. That someone became fate. While speaking to a serving man, Romeo says, "Stay fellow...I can read...Rosaline." (I.2.61-75) Fate sent down an angel ...view middle of the document...
Fate opens a door for Romeo, one that makes Romeo's life all the merrier.
Fate opened a door for Romeo, one that would make his life all the better, but Romeo enveloped by a newfound greed broke Fate's only rule and will suffer the consequences. William Shakespeare says, “What fates impose, that men must needs abide; It boots not to resist both wind and tide.” Fate opened a door for Romeo to Rosaline, but greedy Romeo didn't go for Rosaline and now he will pay the price. Romeo says when he notices Juliet,"O doth she touches the torches to burn bright." (I.5.51) Romeo notices a gem among stones. Greedily, he takes the gem (Juliet's heart) , only to break the sacred choice Fate had laid out in front of him. The Nurse says, "His name is Romeo, he is Montague, the only son of your great enemy." (I.5.50-51) Fate angry over Romeo's greed, repents by making Romeo's new life miserable. For, as Shakespeare put it, the two lovers are a pair of "star-crossed lovers." Romeo's newfound greed gets the best of him leading to new dangerous consequences.
Fate joins forces with its enemy Death, to ensure Romeo's life becomes hell. Love-Struck Romeo creates situations that lead to his demise. Romeo says, " Tybalt, the reason I love thee, Doth must excuse the appertaining rage." Romeo's new peace leads to death as in the end he kills Tybalt to avenge his cousin, Mercutio leading to banishment from Verona. Fate's new ally, Death's pawn, Tybalt's purpose has been fulfilled as Romeo relationship with Juliet hits a ditch. Fate sends down a spawn to break Romeo's relationship finally. Friar John says, " I could not send it(here it is again)...not could I send it thee, so fearful of infection were they."(V.3.14-18) Fate ensures the end of Romeo's relationship by spreading infection in Mantua. For, due to Romeo's absence of knowledge, Romeo's life turn upside down. Fate had begun to write out the seal on Romeo's downfall.
Fate's role in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is by far the most contradicting roles ever. For, in the beginning of the play, Fate acts as a best friend helping Romeo with his love. Due to new circumstances, Fate acts as a Jealous friend, and completely destroys any chances he may have with Juliet by spreading famine, confusing Romeo leading to both Romeo and Juliet's demise.