Romeo and Juliet

How far fate is responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet

What is fate? A web definition of fate is “a power that some people believe causes and controls all events, so that you cannot change or control the way things will happen” (

Some people believe in fate some do not but personally I believe in fate in the sense that any thing that happens is by the will of God the most beneficent and the most merciful. Therefore my argument will be based on that sense that what happened to Romeo and Juliet was by Almighty God’s will. However, because Almighty God has given us authority so we are also responsible for our own actions.

Romeo and Juliet were “star-crossed lovers” as it’s indicated in the prologue. In Shakespeare’s time fate was very important between people. They believed in ‘crossed’ stars, water and fire to determine their fate. So if two people were star-crossed they would never get together. They would be doomed.

Shakespeare has used an excellent dramatic device, the prologue which foreshadows the tragic event of the two lovers written in sonnet form. Shakespeare informs the audience what is going to happen. It tells us that there is a feud between two families. In the line “From ancient grudge, break to new mutiny” this shows there is a quarrel between two families who have resentment towards each other. In the line “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes,” it tells us that they are enemies to each other so their children will suffere, it is their fate.

In the line "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life," Shakespeare informs the audience that the death of the two lovers was predestined. Shakespeare believes it is fate, (although family is also a big part of the tragedy). Romeo and Juliet die at the end of play as Shakespeare tells the audience in the prologue, “death-mark’d love” a reference to fate which tells us they are going to die and also end the feud...