Fate is something inevitable and unavoidable which has been pre-determined. The term usually involves something negative. Free will, on the other hand, means acting without the constraints of fate. One is able to choose his or her path in life without preordained outcomes.
In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare suggests that fate rules the day. Romeo and Juliet are "star-crossed" and therefore doomed. In Act I, Romeo describes a dream about "Some consequence yet hanging in the stars" which will ultimately lead to his death. Nevertheless, he plunges forward and it could be argued that he is ruled by fate in Act II, Scenes 1 and 2 when he jumps over the wall into Capulet's orchard. He says at the beginning of Scene 1,
Can I go forward when my heart is here?
Turn back, dull earth, and find thy center out.
Romeo is ruled by love and is not acting freely. His overwhelming love for Juliet controls him. Love is actually personified in Act II, Scene 1
when Romeo says that it is telling him what to do:
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