Fate, or the belief that a power greater than man guides and controls the lives of men, plays a tremendous role in Romeo and Juliet, in fact, it is infused throughout the play, to the point that the characters are even aware of it, seeing omens in many situations. Fate works in all aspects of the lovers’ relationship from start with Romeo falling instantly in love with Juliet at a party he never should have attended in an attempt to see another girl. Juliet is the daughter of the enemy of his family, yet love blooms instantly in spite of the feud; here is an excellent example of fate intervening in the relationship. Romeo pursues Juliet quickly and relentlessly, driven by love (or lust whichever is more likely in a teenage boy of his age) to propose marriage, and Friar Laurence’s reluctant agreement to perform the ceremony, once again demonstrate fate. Perhaps the saddest, yet best example of fate in the drama occurs at the end when Romeo misses Balthasar, who carries news of Friar Laurence’s plan and Juliet’s feigned death, only to arrive and kill himself in a cruel twist of fate because he thinks she is dead only moments before she awakens and kills herself because he is now dead. The whole play is one huge example of how cruel fate can be and how events, small and large, work together to make or break any given event, even a potentially great love, such as that of Romeo and Juliet. Maybe it all happened to teach the feuding families a lesson.