Romeo and Juliet – Fate Essay

“I am Fortunes fool”

Fate in Romeo and Juliet

Question : How does Shakespeare present the hand of fate in his play Romeo and Juliet?


  1. the development of events outside a person’s control, regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power.
    “fate decided his course for him”

In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, he uses a lot of metaphors to communicate what is happening in the play. By using metaphors it makes the play more interesting and also makes it easier to watch and listen to. One example of a metaphor being used in this play is when Romeo is outside the Capulet house about to go into the party.   stuck not sure how to go from this to the quote ^^    Romeo  says “He that hath steerage of my course, direct my sail” . When he says this he is refuring to himself as a boat and is saying that he is giving himself in and will let the captain of the ship steer him in the right direction. The way that Shakespeare has written this implies that the captain is God and that what ever is going to happen to Romeo that night is all going to happen for a reason. 

All the way through the play Shakespeare uses the stars as metaphors for love , beauty and death. One way Shakespeare uses stars as a metaphor is when  Capulet is inviting Paris to his feast, he says that at his feast Paris will see “Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light”.  Here when he says “earth trending stars”  he is talking about the woman dancing at his feast and when he says “make dark heaven light  he is meaning that the woman there will be so beautiful that they will shine so brightly that they will look like stars that have come down to earth. An other example of shakespeare using the stars to explain something is when


Premonition / Juliet having a vision of Romeo dead 

Coincidence / Romeo coming across the servant in the street 




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