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:.
5 From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, .
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life:.
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows, .
Doth with their death bury their parents" strife.
The fearful passage of their death-marked love,.
10 And the continuance of their parents" rage, .
Which but their children's 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.
Destiny is what controls us; it runs our lives and it dictates our actions. The old adage "Man plans and G-d laughs" proves to be true again and again, especially when life's greatest decisions must be made. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, we see the love between the play's two heroes fall victim to the baseless hatred between their two estranged families. When one is witness to a love as strong as that between Romeo and Juliet, it seems impossible that destiny should prevent such a relationship from being consummated. Nevertheless, despite their best intentions and intense passion for one another, Romeo and Juliet end up taking their lives once they see no alternative way of being together.
Romeo and Juliet's story becomes all the more tragic when, in hindsight, one sees how they were destined to meet and fall in love from the moment each laid eyes on the other. Romeo's friends "just happen" to take him to Lord Capulet's party to cheer him up, and thus Romeo sees Juliet for the first time; herself having initially been reluctant to have attended her father's party. Though it was only their incipient contact, one can see through their eagerness to dance, casual flirting, and reluctance to part, that Romeo and Juliet truly were "a pair of star-crossed lovers.