One of the themes that is prevalent through the story and which creates a specific response is the question of fate. The philosophy of whether fate is a part of everyone’s path, or whether free will is the way in which individual’s live, remains a controversial subject throughout this play.
The different concepts that are noted in Romeo and Juliet show that the concept of fate is one that is defined by the specific actions that characters take and the revealing of events. This is noted from the beginning introduction of the characters from their presentation as star cross’d lovers. The idea of fate from the beginning is noted as the individuals are introduced not only as loving each other, but also as fulfilling their parent’s strife. Shakespeare writes,
“Whose misadventured piteous overthrows / Do with their death bury their parent’s strife. / The fearful passage of their death mark’d love / And the continuance of their parent’s rage, / Which, but with their children’s end, nought could remove / Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage” (Shakespeare, 3 – 4).
The introduction that is provided shows a specific relationship to the idea of death and strife, as well as the idea of how fate begins not only from Romeo and Juliet. Instead, it is marked from the parents and the different curses that are between the two families because of the long history that is between both sides.
The idea of fate that is carried out is then seen through until the end of the play where the death of both Romeo and Juliet because of their love is one that is recognized as a response to the expected fate of the family. Even though both love each other, there is a continuous controversy because both come from specific families that do not like the other side. The prestige that both families have earned is based on