Where does fate/destiny occur in Act 1, Scene 5 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and how is the involvement of fate/destiny expressed?

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The events that occur in the play are really a mixed result of both fate and personal choices. Scene V of Act I is one scene in which we see fate involved, but only after Romeo makes his personal choice, against his better judgement, to join his friends in crashing the Capulet ball.

We see Romeo allow himself to be swayed by his friends in the previous scene, Scene IV, even though Romeo feels crashing the ball is a bad idea. In this scene, Benvolio and Mercutio try to persuade Romeo to join them in crashing the ball because they feel it will lighten Romeo's mood and distract him from being love sick over Rosaline. Benvolio is particularly hoping to distract him from Rosaline. However, Romeo is extremely...

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