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What does the following quote from "Romeo and Juliet" mean?:"This day's black fate on...

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wskiver | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 22, 2009 at 1:14 AM via web

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What does the following quote from "Romeo and Juliet" mean?:

"This day's black fate on more days doth depend, This but begins the woe others must end."

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mstinson | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 22, 2009 at 1:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Romeo fears that the evil outcomes or "black fate" of the violence of Mercutio's death lies in the future.  The woe or misfortune and grief will not end today with Mercutio's death, but will have repercussions in the future.  This foreshadows the tragedies that unfold within the play.  Romeo is saying this is just the beginning. 

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