Romeo and Juliet Act 4+5 Key Quotes

“And I am nothing slow to slack his haste” Paris Act 4 Scene 1Not going to argue against the fact that Capulet made the wedding day so near, shows that he is happy about it
“You say you do not know the lady’s mind?Uneven is the course; I like it not” Friar Laurence Act 4 Scene 1Responding to Paris’ news on the wedding date
“Immoderately she weeps for Tybalt’s death” Paris Act 4 Scene 1Gives the audience insight on how people were ought to behave in times of grieving. Paris is saying that Juliet is grieving too much over Tybalt’s death
“To stop the inundation of her tears” Paris Act 4 Scene 1Inundation: floodsUse of the word “inundations” empathises how much she is grieving for her relationship with Romeo, treating it as if it was a death. (Paris is unaware of this, thinking she is acting like this because of Tybalt)
“(aside) I would I knew not why it should be slowed” Friar Laurence Act 4 Scene 1Modern translation: I wish I didn’t know the reason why the marriage should be slowed down
“Happily met, my lady and my wife!” Paris Act 4 Scene 1 “my” —-> possessive pronounsThe repetition of the pronoun “my” empathises Paris’ idea that she now belongs to him
PARISHappily met, my lady and my wife.JULIETThat may be, sir, when I may be a wife.PARISThat “may be” must be, love, on Thursday next.JULIETWhat must be shall be.FRIAR LAWRENCEThat’s a certain text. Act 4 Scene 1Text: truthParis is unaware of what Juliet truly means when she says “I may be a wife”. This can be interpreted as her secretly communicating with Friar Laurence, asking for help so that she “may be a wife” instead of “must be”. The friar responds, saying “that’s a certain text”, confirming to Juliet that there is still some hope left
PARISDo not deny to him that you love me.JULIETI will confess to you that I love him Act 4 Scene 1A comedic moment where Juliet is finding loopholes in what Paris is saying. This shows the audience that she is witty
“For it was bad enough before their spite” Juliet Act 4 Scene 1Modern translation: my face looked bad enough before I started to cryAnother comedic moment, this time Juliet is trying to put Paris off on the idea of marrying her by saying that she is ugly
“Thy face is mine” Paris Act 4 Scene 1 Viewing Juliet as his possession
“pensive daughter” Friar Laurence Act 4 Scene 1Pensive: sad
“O shut the door” Juliet Act 4 Scene 1″O” is an exclamative
“and me this bloody knife shall play the umpire” Juliet Act 4 Scene 1Umpire means Judge. This is foreshadowing to when Juliet actually died, by a dagger. Here she is telling Friar Laurence that she is willing to die if she can remain to be Romeo’s wife and not Paris’
“Or bid me go into a new-made grave, and lay me with a dead man in his shroud” Juliet Act 4 Scene 1 Foreshadowing how she will dieShe says she would rather die than marry Paris, which comes true at the end of the play
“If no inconstant toy nor womanish fear abate thy valour in the acting it” Friar Laurence Act 4 Scene 1Translation: as long as you don’t change your mind, or become scared like a silly woman and ruin your brave effort
“A peevish self-willed harlotry it is” Capulet Act 4 Scene 2″it” —-> Dehumanisation, conveys his disgust at her disobedience
“I have learned me to repent the sin of disobedient opposition” Juliet Act 4 Scene 2Idea of “sin” connotes how it could be considered a crime for a female to disobey her father
“I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning” Capulet Act 4 Scene 2Moving the wedding day to the next day, when he originally planned it to be on Thursday
“What if this mixture do not work at all? Shall I be married then tomorrow morning?” Juliet Act 4 Scene 3These quotes are part of her soliloquy, when she is doubtful of the potion and is wondering if she should drink it or not
“Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth” Juliet Act 4 Scene 3 Part of her soliloquy. “green in earth” means freshly buried
“Romeo, I come! This do I drink to thee” Juliet Act 4 Scene 3End of her soliloquy. Despite her fears and worries, Juliet takes the potion regardless, demonstrating to the audience how much she loves Romeo if she’s willing to do such a risky task
“Flower as she was, deflower├Ęd by him” Capulet Act 4 Scene 5Personifying death
“Most miserable hour that e’er time saw” Lady Capulet Act 4 Scene 5Hyperbole empathises how tragic her death is
“Uncomfortable time, why cam’st thou now to murder, murder, our solemnity?” Capulet Act 4 Scene 5Selfish- he is distraught at the timing of her death interfering with the celebrations
“But she’s best married that dies married young” Friar Laurence Act 4 Scene 5
“All things that we ordained festivalTurn from their office to black funeral.Our instruments to melancholy bells,Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast.Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change,Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse,And all things change them to the contrary” Capulet Act 4 Scene 5Juxtaposition
“I dreamt my lady came and found me dead” Romeo Act 5 Scene 1Dramatic irony
“Then I defy you, stars!” Romeo Act 5 Scene 1Going against fate
“Poor living corse, closed in a dead man’s tomb!” Friar Laurence Act 5 Scene 2Foreshadowing the upcoming events
“Thus with a kiss I die” Romeo Act 5 Scene 3Romeo’s last words
“O happy dagger” Juliet Act 5 Scene 3The fact that she is “happy” to see a dagger makes the audience feel sympathetic towards Juliet, as she would rather end her life than continue living without Romeo
“there rest, and let me die” Juliet Act 5 Scene 3 Juliet’s last words

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