Romeo and Juliet are referred to many times throughout William Shakespeare’s play of the same name as “star-crossed lovers”.By using this description for them, Shakespeare is very clearly presenting the theme for the play and at the same time outlining the reasons behind the numerous deaths which take place.Everything else: good fortune, health in life, happiness and success all fades away into nothingness when our final hour arrives.
Romeo and Juliet are referred to many times throughout William Shakespeare’s play of the same name as “star-crossed lovers”.By using this description for them, Shakespeare is very clearly presenting the theme for the play and at the same time outlining the reasons behind the numerous deaths which take place.
“The fate of the stars has taken all,” he exclaims at another.
Shakespeare is constantly using him as a path through which he can convey his ideas.
Yet, the fact that Shakespeare uses the effects of fate as the sole reasoning the moral character, Friar Lawrence gives for the deaths, and also due to the emphasis he puts on the very imminent reality of this destiny, it can be safely concluded this was the predominant overarching theme Shakespeare wished for us to learn and therefore it was also the sole cause of the deaths.
In conclusion, it is blatantly clear that the reasoning Shakespeare presents for why the deaths occurred is that Romeo and Juliet’s lives were completely controlled by an unchangeable destiny.
Shakespeare even goes on later in the prologue to suggest that the only reason the play will even be performed is to “strive to mend” what was missed in the prologue. Now, some may argue that the literary device of the prologue is only used by Shakespeare to give increased eloquence to the play and in some way show off his writing skill.
While there may be some truth to this, to find a definite answer we need to look to the author’s other works.
The theme he extrapolates is that all of us have a predetermined plan that controls every aspect of our lives.
It is this theme that he attributes as the sole cause of the deaths.
Romeo even paints this as a source of great consolation.
He goes calmly into death as he sees it as a way to “shake the yoke of inauspicious stars,” his bad luck, from his “world-wearied flesh” and finally be at peace. We are even warned several times by the friar to go “wisely and slow” and that “they stumble that go fast”.