Romeo And Juliet Fate
Some people may not believe that destiny is something that truthfully exists in the world. These people doubt that there is anything that is actually meant to be, or supposed to happen, thinking that there is always a way around troubling predicaments, knowing that it is not necessary to turn out just one certain way. They trust that whatever occurs in their lives comes as a result of the decisions that they make with their own free will. Others, believe that whatever happens during the course of their lives is inevitable and every event is laid out before them like a roadmap to life; in other words, fate. William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet has fate as an exceptionally crucial element which makes fate as important as any character in the production. The events leading up to and during the party were definitely caused by fate. The moment that Romeo and Juliet meet is the exact incident that leads to their death, however unaware these “star-crossed lovers” are to that fact. Thus, fate is undoubtedly the most responsible influence for the couple’s tragedy.
It is not merely a coincidence that Romeo and Juliet meet in the first place. A serving man comes across Romeo and Benvolio in the first act, unaware that they are Montague’s, and informs them about the Capulet party: “My master is the great rich Capulet, and, if you be not / of the house of Montague’s, I pray come and crush a / cup of wine.” (Romeo and Juliet I ii, 86-88) It is by fate that Romeo and Benvolio run into the Capulet serving man and discover the party. It is not just a simple accident that the serving man tells the two cousins about the party at which Romeo is destined, yet unaware, that he will meet his love. Furthermore, before Romeo attends the Capulet party, he says, “Some consequence yet hanging in the stars / shall bitterly begin this fearful date.” (Romeo and Juliet I iv, 114-115) Romeo already predicts what the fates have in store as he says something bad might happen if he dares to show up at the party, where he will meet Juliet. It is because of fate that they meet because Romeo says it himself. The final deaths of the lovers is the “consequence” that he is talking about and the bitterness that starts the pathway to their ultimate tragedy is their first encounter, since they are supposed to be opposing enemies. It is also evident that Romeo cannot make intelligent decisions for himself when he says: “Tut, I have lost myself. I am not here. / This is not Romeo. He’s somewhere else.”(Romeo and Juliet I i, 205-206). Romeo says he is not himself and that his mind is off somewhere else. As fate would have it, Romeo rushes head on into situations that were out of his control .For these reasons, Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting was sure to happen, fate being the most powerful force at work, determining their future.
Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting was utterly coincidental. Neither person had the intention to find each other. It was fate that had Romeo to see her at that exact point in time when he asked the server who she was and the server could not tell him. When Romeo discovers who Juliet is, he says to himself, “O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.” (Romeo and Juliet I v, 132) Despite the fact that they were born into feuding families, Romeo can’t help but love Juliet because he already loves her before he discovers her true identity as a Capulet. From that point on, it is fated that he loves Juliet even if it is forbidden. Moreover, when Juliet finds out from the nurse that Romeo is a Montague, she says:
“My love sprung from my only hate! / Too early seen unknown, and known too late! / Prodigious birth of love it is to me / That I must love a loathed enemy.” (Romeo and Juliet I v, 152-155)
Since Juliet could not see before that Romeo is a Montague, by fate, she begins to love him unconditionally. However, when she finds that her true love is also her nemesis, it is too late for her to hate Romeo. Unfortunately, she has already been sucked in by love’s overpowering gravity-like pull, which cripples her chances of defeating her true destiny of being in love with Romeo. Fate also had control over Capulet that night too. When Tybalt tells Capulet that the villain Romeo Montague is in the Capulet’s house, Capulet had the power to send him out at any time. Instead, he tells Tybalt: “Content thee, gentle coz. Let him alone/He shall be endured.”(Romeo and Juliet I v, 74-86) Capulet chooses not to send Romeo away which causes Romeo to meet, and fall in love with, Juliet in the first place. By fate, Capulet made the decision that would cause him to lose the one thing he loved most in the world, his only daughter, Juliet.
It is also fate who corrupts Friar Lawrence’s plan which eventually leads to Romeo and Juliet’s ultimate demise. For instance, instead of knowing about what the friar has in mind, Romeo is informed by Balthazar about Juliet’s “death”: “Her body sleeps in Capel’s monument, / And her immortal part with angels lives.” (Romeo and Juliet V i, 19-20) Though it seems like an honest accident that Balthazar is the one to tell Romeo about the turn of events, it is more likely that fate holds a much greater influence. By fate, Balthazar comes to Romeo and tells him what he believes to be true, but the piece of information he offers is a cause of the tragedy. Friar Lawrence’s plan is also ruined because Friar John is unable to deliver the message to Romeo: “I could not send it (here it is again) / Nor get a messenger to bring it thee, / So fearful were they of infection.” (Romeo and Juliet V iii, 14-16) Because Friar Lawrence’s message is crucial to the plan he devises, the fact that it is never sent creates a major rupture that can turn out to be quite deadly. Romeo, not knowing that Juliet is not officially dead, makes a big mistake, because he is oblivious, that leads himself and Juliet toward their impending doom. At this point in time, rationality has been completely rejected and now mischief comes to the mind of this desperate man. Through all the inner chaos he must be facing, Romeo remembers one thing in particular that changes the course of the lovers lives:” I do remember an apothecary/ (And hereabouts he dwells).” (Romeo and Juliet V i, 40-41) As fate would have it, Romeo remembers one thing through the heartache and confusion he must have right now and it is the Apothecary and his house. This is fate’s most powerful influence, in my opinion, of the entire performance. Fate has sent Romeo to Mantua where he finds the man who will unknowingly help Romeo kill himself, and indirectly kill Juliet in the process.
Fate is the controlling force of the events that lead up to, and cause, the deaths of Rome and Juliet. It is no coincidence that Romeo meets the Capulet servant and is invited to the party. Fate brought him to the house of the Capel’s where he was destined to meet his future wife, Juliet. At the risk of being killed, the two lovers married their supposed loathÃ©d enemy and consummated the marriage without even the slightest hint of detection from anyone who did not know of the wedding. Unfortunately, their sweet success would be short lived and their lives would be a downward spiral staring with Romeo’s banishment and ending with their deaths. Taking into consideration that Romeo and Juliet are predetermined to meet, love and die together, fate is clearly the dominant force of the play.