"Discuss how Shakespeare represents Romeo and Juliet as a pair of "star crossed lovers" during the course of the play".
During the course of Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, Shakespeare portrays Romeo and Juliet as a pair of "star crossed lovers", which means literally against the stars and the lovers incapability to change their tragic fate, which can be expressed as the inevitable events predestined by a supposed force. Fate plays a controlling role leading up to the tragedy of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, and acts as an instrument of providence throughout the play. Romeo and Juliet's actions are continuously being intervened with fate and predetermined occurrences. Shakespeare represents this idea of fate and "star crossed lovers" through what various characters say and many events leading up to the lovers" deaths. These events include their coincidental meeting and falling in love, the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt, the unfortunate series of disasters which destroyed Friar Lawrence's plans, and Romeo and Juliet's untimely suicides.
Shakespeare represents Romeo and Juliet as "star crossed lovers" by incorporating an intricate series of premonitions throughout the course of the play. These series of expressions represented the predetermined fate that Romeo and Juliet were set out to experience during the course of the play. Many instances in the play reveal that the love of Romeo and Juliet would end in death. .
The prologue introduced the idea of fate and the predestined, tragic future that Romeo and Juliet would have together. "A pair of star-crossed lover take their life", mentioned in the prologue, is evident that Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet were destined by the stars to bad fortune. There is no way to control fate or change what is in the stars. It is believed that the love if Romeo and Juliet was destined for death so that their parent's feud would be over.