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Destiny in Romeo and Juliet

Some people may not believe that fate is something that truthfully exists in the world. Others, however, believe that every event is predestined and laid out before them like a roadmap to life; in other words, fate. William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet portrays fate as an exceptionally crucial force. Fate seemed to control their lives and force them together, becoming a great influence on their love, and the ending of their parent’s hatred.
A large part of the beliefs for both Romeo and Juliet involve fate. They believe in the stars, and that their actions aren't always their own. Romeo, for example, says, “Some consequence yet hanging in the stars…by some vile forfeit of untimely death/But he that hath the steerage over my course Direct my sail” (1.iv.115-120). He’s saying to his friends that he had a dream which leads him to believe that he will die young because of something in the stars, something that will happen. The words “…he that hath steerage over my course…” implies that he does not have control over his life if he looks to another power above himself to direct him. He does not feel that he is the one who makes decisions; it is all a higher purpose, a different power. He refers to the power of fate.
Fate sets up their love from the beginning. It is not merely a coincidence that Romeo and Juliet meet An illiterate servant of the Capulet’s comes across Romeo and Benvolio in thefirst act, unaware that they are Montagues, and informs them about the Capulet party: “My master is the great rich Capulet, and, if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup of wine” (1,ii,86-88). What were the chances of the servant to run into the Capulet's most loathed enemy? It is by fate that Romeo and Benvolio discover the party. This sets everything up for the two lovers. They meet at the party, instantly falling in love. They realize later their identity, but they are in love and won’t let…

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