2nd March 2018 — Aleisha
Act 1, Scene 4
I fear too early, for my mind misgives.
Some consequence yet hanging in the stars
Shall bitterly begin his fearful date
With this night’s revels, and expire the term
Of a despisèd life closed in my breast
By some vile forfeit of untimely death.
But He that hath the steerage of my course,
Direct my sail! On, lusty gentlemen!
I’m worried we’ll get there too early. I have a feeling this party tonight will be the start of something bad, something that will end with my own death. But whoever’s in charge of where my life’s going can steer me wherever they want. Onward, lover boys!
How does Shakespeare use language to convey his ideas about fate in Act 1, Scene 4 of Romeo and Juliet?
Statement: Shakespeare uses metaphor to convey his idea that Romeo is controlled by a higher power, like God. He does this having Romeo refer to himself as a vessel which is captained by God.
Example: ‘He that hath steerage of my course, direct my sail.’ This proves that Shakespeare is referring to God because the captain is the helmsman of a ship who directs its course.
Explanation: Romeo has decided, in spite of his misgivings, to take the risk of following his fate.