In Act III, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, how is fate suggested in lines 207-10?

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In order to alleviate Juliet's grief over the death of her cousin Tybalt, Lord Capulet alters his opinion that Juliet is too young to wed because he feels that a suitable marriage may distract Juliet from her agony as she celebrates new joys. However, unbeknownst to him, Juliet has already wed. Therefore, she protests against the union with Paris, an act that causes her father great anger. For, he orders her to obey him or be expelled from their home to "hang, beg, starve, die in the streets."  Hearing this condemnation, the distraught Juliet despairs, asking if there is no pity in heaven.  She entreats her mother to not "cast" her away and delay the marriage in her hope that she can find some solution to her dilemma. Lines 207-210--

O sweet my mother, cast me not away!
Delay this marriage for a month, a week;
Or if you do not, make the bridal bed
In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.--

certainly seem to allude to the fateful lines of the play's Prologue in which the lovers Romeo and Juliet,

Do with their death bury their parents' strife

as well as end the fated love of the two youths,

The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which, but their children's end, naught could remove, (Prologue, 8-11) 

Juliet does, indeed, make her "bed" in the Capulet catacombs where she is entombed when she is not dead, but awakens to the death of her beloved Romeo and, tragically, slays herself.  And, it is this ill-fated end that brings to a close the Montague/Capulet feud.

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