Romeo And Juliet Defy Fate

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Does anyone have the ability to defy fate? Does fate mean that no matter how hard you try, the outcome will always be the same? The main characters in William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, the two from the opposing families fall in love which is ultimately led by their destiny to tragedy. The play tells the two lovers trying to maintain their love against the opposition and pressures from their respective families, but the grievances of the two families cause events one after another, eventually leading to the death of Romeo and Juliet. The close analysis of the play shows that Shakespeare uses literary devices to highlight his theme that the death of Romeo and Juliet is a consequence of the forces greater…show more content…
Shakespeare often uses foreshadowing in a show’s prologue to highlight the plots that follow. The statement “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life” in the Prologue of the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a prime example of this literary device. The phrase “star-crossed lovers” foreshadows the fate of Romeo and Juliet - the love of the two is like two bright stars crossing in the sky, very intense but so instant that as soon as they meet each other, they also start to miss each other forever. As the rest of the sentence said, the fate of the crossing stars will eventually lead to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare also uses foreshadowing to reveal the direction of fate when Romeo said, “Some consequence yet hanging in the stars shall bitterly begin his fearful date […] by some vile forfeit of untimely death.” (1.4.107-112). Before Romeo goes to the party, he already feels that something bad is going to happen that night. The phrase “hanging in the stars” hints that the fate has already started turning. Indeed Romeo and Juliet follow the stars’ guide and gradually walk towards their tragic ending. The fate of Romeo and Juliet is often expressed through Juliet’s words. Shakespeare also uses foreshadowing when Juliet states, “My grave is like to be my wedding bed.” (1.5.135). Here Juliet foreshadows her own death. Juliet notices only Romeo in the crowd of the people as a coincidence. Because of that one glance, Juliet’s fate is now woven into Romeo’s. As the play proceeds, she falls in love with the one she should not, and dies as a newlywed, thus fulfilling her own prophetic
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