Can you elaborate on how love and fate are represented in Romeo and Juliet?


If you are looking for representations of love and fate together, you need to look no further than lines 6 and 7 of the prologue. Both of those lines, taken together, strongly imply that fate plays a huge role in the play. Use of the term "star-crossed lovers" is a rather obvious reference to fate.

The stars are against Romeo and Juliet. The stars, in fact, are at cross purposes to the young lovers. Therefore, Romeo and Juliet are "star-crossed," and fated to suffer from circumstances beyond their control.

A less obvious representation of fate comes with the phrase "misadventured piteous overthrows." There is the sense of sadness (piteous), and tragic life-altering mistakes (misadventured overthrows). These events are beyond the lovers' control, and a strong representation of fate.

These two lines set up line 8, where the use of "fearful passage" and "death-marked" are used in direct linkage to the love between Romeo and Juliet.

Here in the prologue, we see that death is a foregone conclusion, and that the lovers are fated to die from their passionate connection.

Updated on April 11, 2018

Original Article:

Romeo and Juliet: Prologue Analysis, Line by Line
By Jule Romans