as it was known at the time was a very popular ideology among the peasants (the major audience for Shakespeare’s plays) as they tried to account for their short and hard lives.
This is another reason why it is extremely clear that Shakespeare intended for the major lesson from the play to be the affect fortune has on lives; even unto death.
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”.
It is hard to imagine a more explicit expression of the theme than this in the final passages of the play. This was surely a very potent foreshadowing of the drama which was to come.
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 theme he extrapolates is that all of us have a predetermined plan that controls every aspect of our lives.Overall, from the very first word of the very first line, Shakespeare makes an emphatic statement as to his of what causes all bad events and luck.The second way in which Shakespeare conveys the theme and reasoning behind the play is through the plot. It is no coincidence that Shakespeare uses such a common skill as reading to give Romeo the opportunity to attend the party.Firstly, Skakespeare’s intention to leave the reader with an impression of the unalterable effect fate has on our lives is clearly expressed through the very first few lines in the play.In the prologue we immediately learn really every crucial piece of information about the story.It is this theme that he attributes as the sole cause of the deaths.Many critics of the play have sighted haste, blind loyalty and violent love as subsidiary causes, however (yet) it can be clearly ascertained through the prologue of the play, the way in which Romeo first meets Juliet and the final moralism of the friar, that these causes still originate from the overpowering effect of fate. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your visiting.Romeo and Juliet are referred to many times throughout William Shakespeare’s play of the same name as “star-crossed lovers”.Another lengthy passage is spent highlighting the many ways in which outwardly good virtues, such as love, loyalty and devotion can themselves “turn to vice, when misapplied.” Another lesson very relevant to the final scene where the protagonist’s love leads them into doingseveral terrible things.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.