Fate is the overall force that allows the whole story of Romeo and Juliet to play out. The “death-marked” fate of the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, was created by the stars before they were even born, therefore, they hate no control over their destiny. Fate is the stars that Shakespeare continually refers to throughout the play. As D. Douglass Waters argues, “the role of fate is the key to the tragedy.” (Waters 1) indicating that without the theme of fate and destiny in Romeo and Juliet , it could not be considered a proper tragedy. Fate holds sole control over destiny whether it ends victory, or in this case tragedy. In this tragedy, William Shakespeare includes that the fate of the characters cannot be controlled, and is necessary in order to bring the plot to a complete resolve.