Fate Isn't Specific

Inevitability- impossible to avoid or prevent; Invariably occurring or appearing

Fate- the development of events beyond a person's control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power

    In classical mechanics, there was no such thing as chance. Everything was bound by fate or destiny as determined by the known laws of physics (SoulResearchInstitute). From the very beginning of the play Shakespeare introduced this idea of fate being inevitable and everything being bound by fate. We learn in the prologue that Shakespeare is very adamant on the idea that fate is inevitable through this quote, "The fearful passage of their death-marked love And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, naught could remove." (Prologue Line 9-12). This quote demonstrates the fact of fate being inevitable because from the very beginning we know that they're going to die. No matter how young they are, or how in love they are, they are going to die. By sharing this Shakespeare is showcasing the idea that fate cannot be eluded.

    We’re talking about a higher power orchestrating events for a reason. If a hammer slips out of my hand and lands on my toe, we all understand there are physical reasons for that – my hand was sweaty, gravity pulled it down, etc. That’s not the issue here. The question is of some other being/force wanting the hammer to hit my toe for some greater purpose (LiveIntentionally). Events happen for a reason, and someone or something is controlling these things. In Romeo and Juliet this is evident through the scene where Romeo reads the list of people invited to the Capulet's party because Peter cannot read. Fate intervened to make Romeo and Juliet meet, if not of Romeo and Peter running into each other Romeo would not have known that the Capulet's were having a party, therefore; meeting Juliet and falling love.

Skip to 16:44 to see Romeo read the list for Peter.


    The belief in fate is also evident through the characters, specifically Romeo. In the text above we see this quote, "I fear too early, for my mind misgives Some consequence yet hanging in the stars Shall bitterly begin his fearful date." Along with, "But he that hath the steerage of my course, Direct my sail. On, lusty gentlemen"(Act 1 Scene 4). That Romeo can feel that something bad is going to be set rolling that night, him and Juliet meeting which leads to many deaths. While he acknowledges that fact that fate is in control, that something of a higher being is "calling the shots" for his fate, that whatever is steering his course is in control. Lemony Snicket says, "Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like" (GoodReads). Saying that just like Romeo fate may not give you a situation that you like but your going to have to deal with what fate gives you.

    A modern example of Romeo and Juliet is book, now movie, The Fault In Our Stars. This book is a tragic love story filled with metaphors just as Romeo and Juliet is. Also the idea of fate being inevitable is very strong in this story as well, that these young adults are sick and will eventually die even though they are both young and in love.

The last modern example we have is this couple, who tried to run away together and were killed in the process.

     We chose this rose that turns to blood to symbolize Romeo and Juliet because the picture starts out as whole and beautiful just as Romeo and Juliet's relationship. We then see the rose turn to blood like Romeo and Juliet's relationship turning into a gruesome death.

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