What are quotes from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet that deal with fate versus free will?
The prologue is the very first sign from Shakespeare that indicates it is fate that Romeo and Juliet kill themselves. This is clear in line 6, when it says, "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life." Calling them "star-crossed" is his way of showing that it is not their actions that lead to their death. It was already planned that their paths would cross before they met, written in the stars, possibly as a way to end the feud between their families.
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