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Are there quotes from Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) that suggest she believes in Fate? i'm trying to create a thesis statement that Fate played a major role in this play.  I need about two more quotes from Juliet in order to complete my 7 page paper.

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The most famous quote that fits your interest in Juliet and whether she believes in Fate comes in Act III, scene v.  Juliet is bidding farewell to Romeo after their wedding night as he leaves for Mantua:

O God, I have an ill-divining soul!

Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low,

As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.

She also makes other connections between her marriage bed and her grave.  In Act I, scene v, she sends the Nurse to ask Romeo's name and says:

. . .If he be married,

My grave is like to be my wedding bed.

And, after Romeo kills Tybalt, Juliet tells the Nurse in Act III, scene iii:

Come, cords, come Nurse, I'll to my wedding bed,

And death, not Romeo take my maidenhead.

These quotes show most strongly that Juliet has a sense of foreboding, just as Romeo does in Act I, scene iv when he says:

. . .for my mind misgives

Some consequence yet hanging in the stars

Shall bitterly begin his fearful date

Wtih this night's revels, and expire the term

Of a despised life clos'd in my breast.

And yet, these ill-divining premonitions are also indications that some larger plan (Fate) is at work in their lives.  For more on Fate in the play, please follow the links below.


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