Do you believe in fate? To answer that question, you must first have a correct idea of what fate is. Webster's dictionary defines fate as "the power that is supposed to settle ahead of time how things will happen". The question lingers "Could there be such a power that regulates our lives, and if so, why?" Many authors have included this powerful idea into their literary works. Fate as a literary element is one that almost any author can write into his or her literary works. Fate is a theme common to many authors including William Shakespeare and Saki who incorporate it in literary works such as Romeo and Juliet and "The Interlopers". .
Perhaps the best use of fate in a literary work is in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Through a complex plot structure and use of key elements, Shakespeare was able to create a strong sense of fate. Romeo and Juliet, the two young lovers, ended up becoming a large part of what could be called fate. Fate seemed to control their lives and force them together, becoming a large part of their love, and the ending of their parent's hatred. Fate became the ultimate control power in this play, and plays a large part in modern everyday life, even if we don't recognize it. Maybe we don't recognize it because we choose not to, or don't have faith like we used to, but the fact remains that fate controls what we do throughout all of our lives. .
A large part of the beliefs for both Romeo and Juliet involve fate. They believed in the stars, and that their actions weren't always their own. Romeo, for example, says, "Some consequence yet hanging in the stars.by some vile forfeit of untimely death. But he that hath the steerage over my course Direct my sail." He's basically saying to his friends that he had a dream which leads him to believe that he will die young because of something in the stars, something that will happen. He ends with ".he that hath steerage over my course.