The Theme of Chance in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Out of Our Control

Shakespeare's famous play, Romeo and Juliet, makes clear to us that there are elements in our lives that we cannot control. Our decisions may be wise or foolish, but sometimes the outcomes will not be influenced by those decisions but by forces outside ourselves. We do not always control our destinies. Sometimes we are at the mercy of chance. Sometimes our fortunes are a random game of roulette. And sometimes we lose tragically.

Evidence From the Play

Act I

Scene i, Romeo: "
Scene ii, Mercutio:
Scene iii, Friar Lawrence:

Act II

Scene ii, Mercutio:
Scene v, Juliet:
Scene vi, Friar Lawrence: