“Romeo” I fear too early, for my mind misgives – alliteration
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!.
Romeo fears that he will get to the party too early, he thinks that the party that he will be attending tonight will be the start of something bitter that will end in his own death. that God can steer his life in whichever direction he would like to. Romeo had a dream that has given him this information, he has a bad view of the world and despises his own life, he doesn’t think that he and Rosaline will be together but he is going to the party anyway after he has had his dream because he wants to see Rosaline.
HOW DOES SHAKESPEARE USE LANGUAGE TO CONVEY HIS IDEAS ABOUT FATE IN ACT 1, SCENE 4 OF ROMEO AND JULIET?
Statement Shakespeare uses metaphors to express Romeo’s predecided fate that he is controlled by a higher being, Shakespeare uses metaphors to convey his idea that Romeo is controlled by a higher power, like God
Example He does this by having Romeo refer to himself as a vessel which is being captained by God. “He that hath the steerage of my course, direct my sail.”
Explanation This proves that Shakespeare is referring to God because the captain is the helmsman of a ship who directs its course. Romeo has decided, in spite of misgivings, to take the risk of following his fate.