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Romeo and Juliet: Predetermined Fate
Transcript of Romeo and Juliet: Predetermined Fate
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife." Prologue (5-8)
Significance: Clearly shows to reader from the getgo that fate is playing a major role of the story and also foreshadows that they "two" people are going to die, who most obviously are Romeo and Juliet.
Example #2 "I fear, too early: for my mind misgives
Some consequence yet hanging in the stars
Shall bitterly begin his fearful date
With this night's revels and expire the term
Of a despised life closed in my breast
By some vile forfeit of untimely death." (1.4.8-13)
Significance: All happening at the Capulet ball, he thinks after meeting Juliet that something is "hanging in the stars" ( a destined thing is going to happen) with yet another reference to the stars as fate. This also is another foreshadowing of something beginning ("perhaps" them dying). "Then I defy you, stars!" (5.1.24)
Significance: A short but very straight to the point of Romeo saying that he is in disbelief and against his fate, again with the stars representing fate. He doesn't want to lose in the battle against fate, but as the reader you know that he was already given the chances to "change" it. Stars: Very significant symbol in Romeo and Juliet. It symbolizes fate and and is mentioned over and over in the book. The way I look at is that the stars are high up in the sky, and are in a "predetermined" location and are also very "far" away from us. It's also a metaphor for me because its easy to compare stars and fate, quickly noticing what I believe Shakespeare's intentions were when comparing destiny and the stars to each other. Modern Phrase Ex. It's written in the stars. Examples of Fate Confused as to why the reader knows the ending, from the very beginning of the story? Reasoning Behind It The thing people talk about the most when talking about Romeo and Juliet is, that they die and they say it at the very beginning and thats the end. However, I think it's highly overlooked by many, and that is not exactly the case. Shakespeare wants you to know this early on, and isn't just spoiling the ending too early.
Reason: He wants the reader to have this optimism and hope that Romeo and Juliet make the right choices. You know whats going to happen but you just hope MAYBE things will take a better turn, that MAYBE Romeo will arrive after Juliet wakes up. Dramatic Irony!
Perfect Example: Watching a Movie or TV show you already know/ saw. (Phineas and Ferb). Thank You For Your Time!