FATE• The things that will happen to someone, especially unpleasant events• A power that is believed to control what happens in peoples lives• The Fates: the three goddesses who, according to the ancient Greeks and Roman mythology, decided what should happen in each person’s life.
PROLOGUE CHORUS “ Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents strife. The fearful passage of their death-markd love, And the continuance of their parents rage,Which, but their childrens end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend”
PREMONITIONS•Act 1, scene 4 – Romeo•Act 3, Scene 1 – Romeo•Act 3, Scene 5 – Juliet•Act 5, Scene 1 – Romeo
Act 1, scene 4ROMEOI fear, too early: for my mind misgivesSome consequence yet hanging in the starsShall bitterly begin his fearful dateWith this nights revels and expire the termOf a despised life closed in my breastBy some vile forfeit of untimely death.But He, that hath the steerage of my course,Direct my sail! On, lusty gentlemen.
Act 3, Scene 1BENVOLIOO Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutios dead!That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds,Which too untimely here did scorn the earth.ROMEOThis days black fate on more days dothdepend; this but begins the woe, others mustend.
Act 3, Scene 1• TYBALT Thou, wretched boy, that didst consort him here, Shalt with him hence. ROMEO This shall determine that. They fight; TYBALT falls BENVOLIO Romeo, away, be gone! The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain. Stand not amazed: the prince will doom thee death, If thou art taken: hence, be gone, away! ROMEO O, I am fortunes fool!
Act 3, Scene 5JULIET O God, I have an ill-divining soul! Methinks I see thee, now thou art below, As one dead in the bottom of a tomb: Either my eyesight fails, or thou lookst pale.
Act 5, Scene 1SCENE I. Mantua. A street. Enter ROMEOROMEO If I may trust the flattering truth of sleep, My dreams presage some joyful news at hand: My bosoms lord sits lightly in his throne; And all this day an unaccustomd spirit Lifts me above the ground with cheerful thoughts. I dreamt my lady came and found me dead-- Strange dream, that gives a dead man leave to think!-- And breathed such life with kisses in my lips, That I revived, and was an emperor. Ah me! how sweet is love itself possessd, When but loves shadows are so rich in joy!
Act 5, Scene 1• BALTHASAR Then she is well, and nothing can be ill: Her body sleeps in Capels monument, And her immortal part with angels lives. I saw her laid low in her kindreds vault, And presently took post to tell it you: O, pardon me for bringing these ill news, Since you did leave it for my office, sir. ROMEO Is it even so? then I defy you, stars! Thou knowst my lodging: get me ink and paper, And hire post-horses; I will hence to-night.