Romeo and Juliet Act IV

What is dramatic irony? a device where a character’s words or actions have one meaning for the character but a different meaning for the audience
What is the purpose of dramatic irony? – suspense and tension- makes the audience emotionally involved- really makes you want to jump into the story and tell what is really happening (the most annoying feeling ever, but sometimes it’s the most mischievous feeling ever)
How does Scene 1 open? Friar Lawrence and Paris are talking with each other in Friar Lawrence’s cell about Paris marrying Juliet.
Who arrives early in Scene 1? Juliet
What is the dramatic irony present when Juliet tells Paris, “I will confess to you that I love him.”? Paris thinks that Juliet is talking about him.Juliet is really talking about Romeo.
What does Juliet tell Friar Lawrence after Paris leaves in Scene 1? She says that if he does not find a way to get Romeo and her back together, she will have to kill herself.
What plan does Friar Lawrence have for getting Romeo and Juliet back together? He gives Juliet a vial with a liquor that slows down the heart rate and breathing in the body for 48 hours.She will drink the liquor the night before the wedding day, and when her family comes to wake her up, they will think that she is dead. They will put her body in a coffin and place it in the Capulet mansion.Friar Lawrence will send a letter to Romeo and Mantau describing the plan and telling him to come to Juliet when the liquor’s effect’s go away.From there, Friar Lawrence will figure out what to do.
How does Juliet react to Friar Lawrence’s plan to get Romeo and her back together? She immediately and impatiently accepts it.
With what sudden change of behavior does Juliet approach her father in Scene 2? What dramatic irony is present here? The last time Juliet talked to his father, she was refusing to marry Paris.When she returns, she tells her father that she was ashamed of her misconduct, and she went to Father Lawrence to receive Reconciliation. She tells him that she now wants to marry Paris.The dramatic irony is that her father thinks that she is excited to marry Paris, when she is really excited to carry out the plan.
What happens in Scene 3? Juliet drinks the liquor Friar Lawrence gave her.
What is Juliet saying in her soliloquy in Scene 3? She is worrying about what might go wrong if she drinks the liquor.
What happens in Scene 4? It is the wedding day, and Juliet’s parents and the nurse prepare for the celebration. The nurse goes to wake up Juliet at the end of the scene.
How does Scene 5 open? The nurse tries to wake up Juliet. She first thinks that Juliet is in a deep sleep, but the nurse then realizes that she is not responding at all.
How does Friar Lawrence respond to Juliet’s “death”? The friar says that she is in a better place (well, she would actually be in purgatory) and that they should turn the wedding into a funeral.
What is the dramatic irony in Scene 5? Everybody believes that Juliet is dead, but she really is not. It is all part of her plan.
How does Scene 5 end? The musicians decide what to play for the funeral.
What change does Sir Capulet make in the wedding plans in Scene 2? He moves the wedding day from Thursday back to Wednesday
What three fears arise in Juliet during her soliloquy in Scene 3? – The liquor will not work at all, and she will end up having to kill herself in order to prevent a marriage with Paris.- The liquor is actually poison, and Friar Lawrence was planning to kill her.- She will wake up before Romeo gets to her, and she will panic from claustrophobia inside the coffin.
Describe the atmosphere in the Capulet’s house in Scene 4? Everyone is buoyant and excited as they prepare for the wedding.
How has Juliet’s character developed since the beginning of the play? In the beginning of the play, Juliet’s personality is not revealed as much.Now, we see that she is:- often impatient, desperate to get things done- cautious at the same time- straightforward and direct- more emotionally stable than Romeo
Describe Friar Lawrence’s character. Why do you think he concocts his plan rather than tell the Capulets of Romeo and Juliet’s marriage? – more patient than Romeo and Juliet- takes time to plan/reason things out- more reasonable/logical- not afraid to be direct with someone when he senses a lack of common sense- emotionally stableFriar Lawrence does not choose to tell the Capulets of Romeo and Juliet’s marriage because he knows that doing so will only strengthen the families’ rivalry, the opposite of what he is trying to do.
Compare and contrast marriage in the society to which Romeo and Juliet belonged and marriage in contemporary society. marriage in Italy, 1500s- arranged marriages are more common- people are married in adolescent yearsmariage today- arranged marriages are less common- people usually marry in early adulthoodboth- marriages are festive celebrations- marriages are held by a man with a vocation of the religious life
How is Juliet’s meeting with Paris in Friar Lawrence’s cell and example of dramatic irony. 1) Juliet goes to Friar Lawrence to ask for help in preventing her marriage with Juliet, but the friar is already preparing for the wedding.2) Here, Juliet tells Paris, “I will confess to you that I love him.”Paris believes that she is talking about him.She is really talking about Romeo.
What makes Scene 4 an example of dramatic irony? Everybody is excited about the wedding day, but little do they know that Juliet has a plan to prevent it.
What foreshadowings are present in Act IV? – Juliet’s plan of pretending to be dead -> her actual death- Juliet worrying about everything that could go wrong if she drinks the liquor -> her death- Juliet threatening to kill herself in Scene 1 -> her death
What foreshadowings are present in the previous acts? – Romeo threatening to kill himself -> his death- Tybalt warning Sir Capulet of Romeo’s presence in Act I -> Tybalt will interfere with Romeo and Juliet’s love

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