Are humanity victims of an inescapable fate, or does humanity have the power to create their own destiny? Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare uses the story to talk about Fate vs. free will. Shakespeare uses many examples of Fate vs. Freewill. In the play Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare uses the characters to talk about fate vs. freewill.
The quote from the prologue “ A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life…”(I prologue 6) sets the stage of saying that Romeo and Juliet are not destined to be together. The quote being from the prologue means that there will be many examples of fate throughout the play. This quote also says that there are going to be many problems between Romeo and Juliet. When Romeo finds out Juliet had died he starts getting angry at the stars. “ Is it even so? Then I defy you stars!”(V I 25).Romeo is trying to battle fate and use his own freewill.
He is tired of taking control of his life. Shakespeare used the characters in his play Romeo and Juliet to talk about fate vs. freewill. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses foreshadowing to talk about fate vs. freewill. “Do with their death bury their parents’ strife”(I prologue 8). This quote indicates that Romeo and Juliet’s fate is already decided. Also this quote uses foreshadowing to describe how fate will come back up later in the play.
Even when Romeo and Juliet are getting married, foreshadowing makes an appearance. During the marriage Friar Lawrence says that great things can end quickly and that’s exactly what happens. Friar Lawrence was using foreshadowing to display how fate will come into a conflict with Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. This could indicate that something bad is about to happen to Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare uses foreshadowing to talk about fate vs. freewill in the play Romeo and Juliet.
Can humanity create their own destiny or are they doomed to an inescapable fate? Shakespeare does an amazing job talking about that question through different literary elements in the play Romeo and Juliet. Throughout his play Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare uses characterization and foreshadowing to talk about fate vs. freewill.