Romeo and Juliet: Act 4 and 5

Why isn’t it surprising that Friar Laurence’s scheme fails? It is so elaborate and there is a lot of room for failure
In what ways is chance to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? People being in the wrong place at the wrong time, sickness affecting delivery of letter etc.
In what ways are Romeo and Juliet to blame for their deaths? They make hasty decisions and disobey their parents
In what ways are the families to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet? If there was never a fued, there wouldn’t be a problem. If Capulet wouldn’t have pressured Juliet to marry Paris
What lessons can be learned form Shakespeare’s play about the destructive effects of hatred? Hatred destroys people, grudges aren’t worth holding, hatred & love can’t co-exist
Was it necessary for Romeo and Juliet to die for the fued between the families to end? Explain. Yes, their own children had to die for the parents to feel guilty and change their ways
What are two themes of the play? think before you act, if you are going to hate someone-have reasons and don’t forget them
What is revealed about Juliet’s personality in her soliloquy in act 4 scene 3 before she takes the potion? For the first time she thinks of the consequences if her actions and she is serious about killing herself if the potion doesn’t work
How has Juliet’s character developed throughout the play? She starts to think things through and her outlook on love & marriage has changed
Details of Friar Laurence’s plan: Juliet will tell Capulet that she will marry Paris then take the potion which will leave her in a death-like state for 42 hrs. Friar will send message to Romeo. She will be buried in Capulet vault where Romeo will then come get her and they will go to live in Mantua.
Why does Juliet kiss Romeo even though he is dead? She hopes will have poison on his lips that will kill her
Who fights in front of the Capulet monument & who is killed in the last scene? Romeo & Paris, Paris dies
What is ironic about the fact that the family is preparing for a wedding? Juliet is actually in her death-like state from the potion and they will soon have her funeral. We also know she kills herself in the end.
Why is Friar Laurence reluctant to marry Juliet to Paris? He has already married Juliet to Romeo
What does Lord Capulet do that messes up the plan for Juliet to escape with Romeo? He moves Juliet & Paris’ wedding to thursday
How does Romeo die? poison
How does Juliet die? Romeo’s dagger

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