Romeo and Juliet Context Research (astrology (Shakespeare's view on…
Romeo and Juliet Context Research
Zodiac signs, based on one's birth date, supposedly played a large part in how you life was planned by the higher powers
Most Elizabethans believed in the idea of fate and astrology; rich englanders often paid for horoscopes for their children, and before major decisions such as marriage or travel, one would consult and astrologer. (To see if the stars favoured it)
Fate is the idea that people's lives re destined to end up at a certain place in a certain way, all according to the stars and how they were aligned at birth
Many people believed that the u had no free will; that they had no choice to change their destiny because everything was predestined
fate quotes in Romeo and Juliet
Prologue: "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/ A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life"
Act 1 scene 4: "Some consequence yet hanging in the stars"
Act 3 Scene 1: "O, I am fortune's fool!"
Act 3 scene 5: " O fortune, fortune! ... Be fickle, fortune"
Scene 1: " is it e,en so? The i defy you, stars!"
Scene 2: "Unhappy fortune!"
Scene 3: "And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars" and " A greater power than we can contradict/ Hath thwarted our intents"
Shakespeare's view on fate
Different from the rest of society
he believed that people ended up in this certain place and time by predestination
He believed that they made choices themselves to lead them there.
Shakespeare believed in a sort of "predestination by free will";
the choices one would make were already planned out
he agreed with Elizabeth England's common notions for predestination
Aristotle was correct in saying that fate was also determined by one's "fatal flaw"
everyone has a fatal flaw
it is the errors that result from these fatal flaws that shape our future.
Position and roles of women in society
What was patriarchal society
Any other relevant areas
Queen Elizabeth and her interest in romance and theatre