Quality Their Life
“You don’t find love, it finds you. It’s got a little bit to do with destiny, fate and what’s written in the stars,” Anais Nin once said. This quote flawlessly connects to the tragic love tale of Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare. The story was published in 1597 where two young star-crossed lovers take their lives, which later leads to the reconcile of their feuding families. The pair who are thwarted by bad luck are destined to end in a catastrophic mishap where fate is the road that leads to the future and cannot be modified no matter their movements. Set in Shakespearean times, control over people’s lives and creating a predetermined future for one was credited to fate and destiny. Love, intimacy, and a secret marriage force the youthful partners to grow up instantly, and fate causes the pair to carry out suicide in despair. The strong abilities of destiny and fate in Romeo and Juliet are a well defined and serious topic established within the play from the start. In the Elizabethan era, fate was seen as a controlling power and could foreshadow death, revealing that fate and destiny were an unstoppable force.
To commence, Shakespeare illustrates that a powerful strength known as fate is the master behind ones lives. This role is established as the two feuding families are introduced to the audience. The chorus exclaims, “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life” (Prologue. 6). This illustrates how the juvenile duo are prevented from accomplishing their life goals because of the capability of fate, an outside force. This is due to the fact that the stars have a malign influence on them both, therefore ruling over them. Furthermore, the couples poor success with the stars also indicates that they both were doomed from the start and are trapped within the might of fate. It also generates the feelings of fate by preparing the audience with the understanding that Romeo and Juliet will perish even before the show has been began with this in the prologue. The onlookers thus observe and see the play with the assumption that it should achieve the phrase set in the Prologue. The formation of the production itself is the fate from which the lovers cannot flee. This showing it is not their precise actions that lead to their demise, but that it was planned beforehand that their paths would intersect and that their love was planned to fail in death. Another example of the dominant strength of fate is shown through one's expressions. As Romeo was enraged after the killing of his best friend Mercurio, he sought out for his new cousin Tybalt to get revenge. After Tybalt fell to the floor Romeo cried out “O, I am Fortune's fool” (3.1.143). Though Romeo could have contained himself from violence, it was fate that made this outcome transpire. Fate made him imprudent and impetuous, where he later perceived that his actions were not executed completely by free will. He blamed the goddess Fortuna that controlled the fate of humans in an unpredictable and whimsical way. Romeo refers to Fortuna because his love and marriage to Juliet have filled his head so much, that he did not want to do any molesting to Juliet’s beloved kinsman when he encountered Tybalt in the street. This depicts that the fate of a living soul is run by a higher power, therefore meaning life is controlled. Here it brings back the ideas of fate and destiny into the audience's mind determining one’s outcome in life. As a result of fate, Romeo and Juliet’s lives are controlled which makes it an invincible force.
Equally important is the topic that fate may lead to death or even suicide, as both Romeo and Juliet committed. Through Shakespeare's use of foreshadowing in events beyond one's control, the characters unknowingly reference their imminent deaths on multiple occasions. For instance, as the Capulet costume party came near to an end, Juliet told the nurse to ask of the young gentlemen's name who she made contact with before. As the nurse went off, Juliet said to herself sadly, “If he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding bed” (1.5.148-49). This meaning that if the man she kissed before, Romeo is married she will die unmarried as a result due to the fact that she is unable to love anyone else. This foreshadowing her death because she later marries him and dies momentarily after, later knowing that her wedding bed will actually be her grave. This makes the audience sense fate because she will fall in love and die as a result.A drastic change occurs here in which she said before the party that marriage was a privilege she never dreamt of. It is fate that makes this change of mind occur so suddenly because it was a development by a supernatural power. Similarly, fate can foreshadow death in dreams. As Romeo and his friends are heading to the Capulet party, Romeo recalls the dream he had the night before about his death. Romeo said worried, “By some vile forfeit of untimely death” (1.4.118). In spite of the fact that Romeo had a premonition that the party would be the start of something terrible that will end with his own death, he lets fate decide what to do with this life, which lets him go on. Little does Romeo know that fate is warning him of this death in the form of a dream. He first fears the idea of dying before this time, but trusts someone to guide his way. He feels something is destined to happen, and is warned of his unpleasant death in the near future. This meaning in dreams, fate can warn of death. To sum up, events by a force beyond the laws of nature may forewarn of an mistimed passing.
Fate in the Shakespearean era shown in Romeo and Juliet was seen as a non-changing force that steered life and could lead to demise, which reveals that both fate and destiny are an inexorable duo. The ideas of fate and the stars are still relevant today in the study of astrology, most commonly in zodiac signs. The zodiac star signs are used daily by many to improve the quality their life and can be used for all things such as seeing into our personalities, to helping us know how days will turn out. According to astrology, the way stars move through the sky can dictate your state of mind and the way others communicate with you. Zodiac signs are also all associated with an element, and these either mesh or repel each other, meaning that you can use your star sign to determine if you’ll be a good match with a potential significant other or if you will do harm to one another.