Romeo and Juliet Act 4

Why is Friar Laurence reluctant to marry Paris to Juliet? He knows it’s a sin since he already married Romeo and Juliet.
How does Paris explain the sudden haste of the marriage plans? He claims it is Capulet’s wisdom of what’s best that hastes their marriage. Also, the Capulets need a celebration to cheer up after the death of Tybalt.
What is ironic about the conversation between Juliet and Paris ? What kind of irony is this (dramatic, situational) Juliet is referencing her love for Romeo as she talks about loving Paris. This is dramatic irony since Paris doesn’t know about Romeo and Juliet’s marriage.
If Friar Laurence cannot help her, what does Juliet threaten to do? 5. Why does Friar Laurence think that Juliet will accept his plan? She once again threatens to kill herself, this time on the spot, in front of the friar. He believes she will accept his plan because it’s a way out of her marriage with Paris.
Describe Friar Laurence’s plan for Juliet. She will fake her death using herbs from his garden.
What does Juliet say that makes her father happy? She lies and says that she will marry Paris.
How does Capulet change the wedding plans? What implication does this have? He moves the wedding up to Wednesday. This means Romeo has less time to get the letter, Juliet must take the potion right then, and not wait til Wednesday night
How does Juliet show her maturity and independence in this scene? She shows her independence by going through the poisoning process alone. She shows her maturity through sticking with her plan and not changing her mind like Romeo would have done.
If the potion does not work, what will Juliet do? She will stab herself as a backup plan.
What are some of the fears Juliet has about the potion? She is afraid that no one will come and get her, causing her to suffocate and die.
What is happening in this brief scene? They are preparing for Juliet and Paris’ wedding.
Describe the imagery Shakespeare uses in describing Juliet’s “death”? He says “death lies on her like an untimely frost upon the sweetest flower of all the field.”
What does Friar Laurence say to comfort the Capulet family? He tells them that she is now in heaven. He refers to it as “paradise.”
For which event are the Capulets now preparing? They are preparing for Juliet’s funeral.

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