Shakespeare Imagery

Shakespeare uses imagery to covey the idea that fate cannot be avoided.
Shakespeare uses the stars to describe fate. In Act IV Romeo says “I defy you stars,” after he finds out that Juliet is dead. Defy means to mock, or scorn, meaning Romeo hates the stars for not looking over Juliet. In the prologue, it states “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” Fate brought Romeo and Juliet together, but the hate between the two families killed them.
Shakespeare uses the sun to describe Juliet.   In Act II, Romeo says, “It is east and Juliet is the sun.” Romeo also says “Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,” The sun is hot, Romeo is describing Juliet as hot as the sun.   This is a metaphor. Comparing Juliet to the sun is another way to convey the theme.
Shakespeare uses characterization to make us love Romeo and Juliet and hate the fighting between the two families. Romeo characterizes Juliet as this hot girl, who he is mad for. Romeo says “One fairer than my love, than the all-seeing sun.”   Romeo says “Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven.” He describes them as bright and shining youth. We grow to love Romeo and Juliet and hate their decision to kill themselves after their family could not accept the idea that they loved each other and wanted to be with each other. We hate that Juliet’s family will not let her not marry Paris.
Fate is a part of life.   You may not like fate, but fate happens. Fate can happen to anybody, at any time of day.