Romeo and Juliet Acts Four and Five

In lines 78-89, Juliet says she would rather die than marry Paris. Define “morgue” (“charnel-house”)? What would it be like to be shut up in one? A morgue is a place where bodies are kept. I would not like to be stuck inside one for forty-two hours. Juliet is desperate, so she will do almost anything to be with Romeo.
Describe in detail the effects of the potion that Friar Lawrence gives Juliet. 48. The potion that Friar Lawrence gives Juliet will make her seem like she is dead. It will slow down her pulse, and she will stop breathing. She won’t be able to move, and her body will be as stiff as a corpse.
What does Capulet say in his last line of scene two? What is Juliet planning to do as she goes to her room? In what way is this dramatic irony? 49. In the last line of scene two Capulet says, “My heart is wondrous light since this same wayward girl is so reclaimed.” Juliet plans to take Friar Lawrence’s potion and, when her family thinks her dead, wait in the morgue for Romeo to find her. This is an example of dramatic irony because Juliet is going to pretend to be dead, but she will actually be dead soon.
In scene three, lines 21-23, in what specific way does Juliet imagine the potion not working? What will she do if this happens? 50. In scene three, lines 21-23, Juliet imagines that the potion doesn’t work at all. She wonders what would happen if she drank the potion but nothing changed. She tells herself that if this happens, she will kill herself with a knife.
In lines 24-29, what specifically does Juliet worry about? How does she convince herself not to worry about this? 51. In lines 24-29, Juliet is worried that Friar Lawrence mixed the potion to kill her. Friar Lawrence might want to kill her to cover up the mistakes he made. Juliet convinces herself not to worry about this because Friar Lawrence is a trustworthy man.
In lines 30-54, what does Juliet imagine going wrong? How does her attitude about this compare to what she told Friar in the previous scene? 52. In lines 30-54, Juliet imagines waking up in the tomb before Romeo comes to save her. Her attitude changes from the previous scene with Friar Lawrence. In the previous scene, Juliet was desperate enough to do anything. In this scene, Juliet seems to want to back out.
Look at the third, fourth, and fifth key quotes listed above. In what way do these lines seem inconsistent with what these characters have said to and about Juliet before? Why do you think these characters have changed? 53. These lines seem inconsistent with what these characters have said to Juliet before, because in a previous scene, Capulet and Lady Capulet both said that if she doesn’t marry Paris, she is dead to them. Now that they think she is really dead, they completely change their attitude. I think these characters changed because they didn’t actually expect anything bad to happen to Juliet.
At the beginning of the act, Romeo says he has had another premonition. What exactly was it, and in what way is it an accurate description of what you know will happen? 54. At the beginning of act 5, Romeo dreams that Juliet found Romeo dead, and when she kissed him, he came back to life. This is an accurate description of what really happens. After Romeo kills himself, Juliet kisses him to try and take the poison from his lips.
What is an apothecary? How does Romeo describe him in lines 32-57? What is the punishment for selling poison in Mantua? Why does the apothecary sell Romeo poison anyway? 55. An apothecary would be called a pharmacist or a chemist today. Romeo describes him as poor, miserable, and worn out. The punishment for selling poison in Mantua is death. The apothecary sells the poison to Romeo anyway because he needs the money.
Who carried Friar Lawrence’s letter telling Romeo of the plan? Why was he kept from delivering the letter? 56. Friar John was supposed to carry Friar Lawrence’s letter telling Romeo of the plan. He couldn’t deliver the letter because he was suspected to be inside a house that had been hit with a plague. The house was quarantined and they didn’t let anyone out.
Why does Paris visit the churchyard? Do you sympathize with Paris at this point in the play? Why or why not? 57. Paris visits the churchyard to lay flowers on Juliet’s grave. The girl he was going to get married to is dead, and he is heartbroken. I sympathize with Paris because I don’t think he has done anything wrong.
Does Romeo recognize Paris before they fight? In what way does he try to honor Paris after the fight? 58. I don’t think Romeo recognizes Paris before they fight. After Romeo kills Paris he realizes that he is one of Mercutio’s relatives. He tries to honor Paris after the fight by laying him beside Juliet.
Read lines 83-86. Understand that a “lantern” in architecture is a kind of skylight, and a “feasting presence” is a room where kings entertained visitors. Write at least three sentences to describe how Romeo imagines Juliet in her tomb. 59. In lines 83-86, Romeo says that it’s not a grave, it’s a lantern. He says that Juliet’s beauty “fills the tomb with light.” He is saying that even though she is dead, she is beautiful.
In lines 151-159, Friar Lawrence is speaking to Juliet. • What does he want her to do?• What does he say he will do with her?• What is he thinking? What exactly is he afraid of? • Do you blame him for leaving without her? 60. Friar Lawrence wants Juliet to leave the tomb. He says he will place her among a sisterhood of holy nuns. He is thinking that he will get into trouble if he stays. I blame him for leaving without her because if he hadn’t, she wouldn’t have killed herself.
Put the phrase in line 293 (Heaven finds means to kill your joys with love”) into your own words. Do you agree that Heaven has killed Romeo and Juliet, or do you think their tragedy is due to other reasons? Give a specific example to support your answer. 61. The heavens have figured out how to ruin your life with love. I don’t agree that Heaven has killed Romeo and Juliet. I think their tragedy is due to a lot of bad choices they made. For example: Romeo knew that he would be punished for fighting but he did anyway.
If thou dar’st, I’ll give thee remedy. Speaker: Friar LawrenceSpoken to: JulietMeaning: If you dare to do it, I will give you a solution.Context: Juliet is desperate. Friar Lawrence will give her a potion.
Well, he may chance to do some good on her. Speaker: CapuletSpoken to: NurseMeaning: There’s a chance he might do her some good.Context: Juliet has gone to see Friar Lawrence.
Henceforward I am ever ruled by you. Speaker: Juliet Spoken to: CapuletMeaning: From now on I will do what you want.Context: Juliet pretends she will marry Paris.
Come, vial. Speaker: Juliet.Spoken to: Soliloquy.Meaning: Here’s the vial.Context: The potion Friar Lawrence gave her. She’s about to drink it and seem like she’s dead. She’s worried it won’t work.
Go waken Juliet, go and trim her up. Speaker: CapuletSpoken to: NurseMeaning: Go wake Juliet and get her dressedContext: The day of the wedding. Juliet just drank the potion.
Alas, alas! Help, help! my lady’s dead! Speaker: NurseSpoken to: Herself/Anyone.Meaning: Help! Juliet is dead!Context: Nurse finds Juliet’s body.
Revive, look up, or I will die with thee. Speaker: Lady CapuletSpoken to: JulietMeaning: Wake up, or I will die with you.Context: Everyone thinks Juliet is dead
Alack, my child is dead, and with my child my joys are buried. Speaker: CapuletSpoken to: HimselfMeaning: My child will be buried, along with my joy.Context: Everyone thinks Juliet is dead
Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight. Speaker: RomeoSpoken to: HimselfMeaning: I’ll lie with you tonight.Context: He’s going to kill himself because he thinks Juliet is dead.
My poverty, but not my will, consents. Speaker: ApothecarySpoken to: RomeoMeaning: I will do because I’m poor, not because I want to.Context: Romeo wants poison.
I could not send it – here it is again – nor get a messenger to bring it thee. Speaker: Friar JohnSpoken to: Friar LawrenceMeaning: I couldn’t send the letter and I couldn’t get a messenger to give it to youContext: Talking about the letter containing information of the plan for Romeo.
Poor living corse, closed in a dead man’s tomb! Speaker: Friar LawrenceSpoken to: HimselfMeaning: That poor living corpse, she’s shut inside a dead man’s tomb!Context: Juliet is waiting for Romeo inside the tomb, but Romeo didn’t get the letter.
The time and my intent are savage-wild Speaker: RomeoSpoken to: Balthasar Meaning: My plan is wild and savage.Context: He’s trying to make Balthasar go away.
Here’s to my love! Speaker: RomeoSpoken to: Himself/Juliet.Meaning: Here’s to my love!Context: Drinking the poison.
Come go, good Juliet, I dare no longer stay. Speaker: Friar LawrenceSpoken to: JulietMeaning: Come, lets go Juliet. I don’t dare stay any longer.Context: Romeo and Paris are dead. Friar Lawrence is in trouble.
This is thy sheath. Speaker: JulietSpoken to: HerselfMeaning: My body will be your sheath.Context: She stabs herself with a dagger.
If aught in this be miscarried by my fault, let my old life be sacrificed Speaker: Friar LawrenceSpoken to: PrinceMeaning: If any part of this tragedy was my fault, let my old life be sacrificed and let me suffer the most severe punishment .Context: Friar Lawrence got caught. Friar tells the story to Prince.
All are punished Speaker: PrinceSpoken to: EveryoneMeaning: Everyone is punished.Context: This tragedy is everyone’s fault.
For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo Speaker: PrinceSpoken to: EveryoneMeaning: There was never a story more full of pain than the story of Romeo and Juliet.Context: End of play.

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