Shakespeare is a master at hiding secret messages throughout his work, and him showing that fate is in Romeo and Juliet only makes us question more. The idea of fate in Romeo and Juliet is shown by Shakespeare through a series of events that happen by coincidence (as something was already planned) so it was meant to happen. An example of this within Romeo and Juliet is their Christian society where they believe everything is done by the will of god.

The prologue tell us about fate in Romeo and Juliet and the outcomes of the events. Within the Prologue it states;two star crossed lovers who are destined to end in a tragic accident and they have no control over what happens. It is their misfortune that leads to the sorrowful and tragic ending of the play. The prologue is explaining all the events that happen in the play and shows the fate of the two main characters. Where it says “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life” basically explains that a pair of lovers who aren’t allowed to be together kill themselves.

The Iambic meter is a rhythm that is in almost every line within the play. In this case it acts as fate which is a very smart and secret idea from shakespeare. It ats as fate because it is in almost all the lines and paragraphs as if the characters are on a set path created by god. But in some parts of the play the meter breaks away indicating that the characters are creating their own fate and they choose their own outcome.

The language within the play is very well hidden when it hints the idea of fate. The meaning behind that is the metaphors he uses in the play that hints the outcome of the play within. An example of this is in the prologue where is says “A pair of starcross‘d lovers take their life” which means the two characters end up taking their life. There is many more examples of fate in the play and one of the most recognisable is when Romeo has a dream that Juliet finds him dead which actually ends up being the outcome.

Plot in the play is all the events that happens over the entire play. In this case fate is a series of coincidences that ends up being part of god’s plan/fate as were od has intended it to happen. One examples of this is where Romeo runs into the Capulet’s servant who can’t read and he asks Romeo if eh could read the names out for him . As a result of this the servant asks Romeo if he would like to come and attend the party. If this were never to happen Romeo would have never met Juliet. It was the random coincidences that made the entire play happen.

In conclusion the idea of fate projected from Shakespeare shows in many ways especially back in the olden days. Fate is considered the will of god and part of his plan for everything. He is in control and the more years that go by people forget that. Nowadays people have this idea that they are in control of their own lives and are writing their own story, but can we really be sure.


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  1. Reading: 5A – Confident understanding of a range of dramatic and linguistic features.
    Writing: 5P – Clear structure, with lapses in sentence syntax and some under-development of ideas.


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