Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, is a famous tragic love story that bases on a young couple from the rival families, the Montagues, and the Capulets, in which the death of the young couple finally end the ‘ancient grudge’ between the two families. Their result of death is believed to be cause mostly by the fate, which brings them closer and closer to their inevitable destiny, death. In many places in the play Shakespeare also uses words like ‘fortune’, ‘sail’, ‘stars’ to reveal that fate and destiny, are the main elements in the play that causes their untimely death.
In the Prologue, it is mentioned that’ A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life’ (l.6), which outlines the destinies of both Romeo and Juliet, and is already ‘written on the stars’. This means they have no power on their own lives, and fate is against them, also it tells the audiences that they are doomed, ever since they meet. Besides, it outlines that all the events happening around the couple are misfortunate, and drag them to the end of their lives.
Since Romeo and Juliet are born, fate is with them all the time. Romeo is born in the Montagues, and Juliet is born in the Capulets. Juliet, in Act 2 Scene 2, said,’ wherefore art thou Romeo? (l.33) ‘; ‘Thou art thyself, though not a Montague’ (l.39) and ‘what is a Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, /Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part/Belonging to a man.’(l.40-42) Juliet keeps repeating the same theme, why cannot Romeo be someone else? It shows that clearly they are not supposed to be together, but fate, causes them fell in love.
Premonitions are widely introduced in the play, that both Romeo and Juliet, and also Friar Lawrence have speeches that foreshadows the lovers demises. In Act 1 Scene 4, line 107~114, Romeo has a premonition about ‘untimely death’ and ’vile forfeit’, which at the end of the play, the dream ‘comes true’, that both Romeo and Juliet are dead. This premonition explains how Romeo’s life is predetermined by fate. Base on his fate he can senses some ominous things are going to happen. In Act 3 Scene 5, line 53~56, Juliet also has a premonition, she knows that she is an ‘ill-divining soul’, and has a feeling of ‘either my eyesight fails, or thou look’st pale.’ Again at the end of the play it happens as well. Juliet closes her eyes and Romeo is found pale when Juliet wakes up. In Act 1 Scene 5 Juliet foreshadows her own death. In line 148~149 Juliet mentioned:’ Go ask his name: if he be married. /My grave is like to be my wedding bed.’ At the end of the story Juliet is dead- with the grave as her wedding bed. It reflects that fate has already controlled where Juliet is going to ‘stay’ until the end of her life. Once again premonitions of Juliet show us how Romeo and Juliet’s destinies are preordained; but unfortunately they ignore their premonitions. If they are aware of it, they may not have died. Fate has ‘sent messages’ to them, but it is up to them ‘whether taking it or not’, and Romeo...