Juliet tells Friar Lawrence that she will not leave the vault.
‘Go get thee hence, for I will not away.’ (5.3.160)
Shakespeare uses simple language here but shows Juliet’s strength.
It was cleverly written by William Shakespeare, who is one of the most renowned writers of all time and the play was later produced as movie in 1996 staring Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes.
It was according to Romeo and Juliet love at first sight and with the help of Juliet’s closest companion the nurse and Friar Lawrence it was made possible for the lovers to exchange vows and continue their relationship behind the twos houses backs....
In particular, it is Tybalt’s irate character, the Nurse’s loving yet comic nature as well as the contrasting attitudes of both Romano and Juliet’s parents whose influences on the major characters generate interest; making Romeo and Juliet a very thought provoking play....
Lady Capulet tells Juliet to start thinking of marriage now, at the age of 13 and without truly getting to actually know Paris or even see him face-to-face (Shakespeare)....
In line 161 Juliet takes the cup from Romeo’s hand. This relates back to when Romeo drank the poison and suggests that he poured it into a cup. In line 164 Juliet decides to kiss Romeo, hoping that the poison left on his lips will be enough to kill her:
This shows a change in Friar Lawrence’s character because before he was willing to marry Romeo and Juliet but now he will not face the consequences of his actions.
The kiss that Juliet gives to Romeo is a suicide kiss, not a lovers’ kiss. There is then suspense as the Captain of the Watch calls from within the tomb. Juliet is rushed into her decision as she takes Romeo’s dagger (line 169) and stabs herself (line 170). The stage direction ‘Falls on Romeo’s body and dies’ shows their closeness, even in death. Through this section of the scene, Shakespeare uses stagecraft with the way in which he introduces the Watch. Friar Lawrence is scared by their arrival, allowing the audience to see a different side to his character, and there is tension because the Watch do not see Juliet before she kills herself, so this poses the question of who killed who.
In Luhrmann’s film version, Friar Lawrence is not present in the tomb during the death of Juliet. I think that this was done to make the scene more romantic and touching to the viewer because there wasn’t the presence of a ‘third party’. Also in the film, Juliet wakes up just as Romeo drinks the poison. This is emotionally effective because Romeo and Juliet see each other alive one last time. Romeo dies and Juliet picks up his gun and shoots herself. This is very dramatic because Luhrmann has put the two main climaxes together.
These stories contain the same characters and conflict, however major and minor discrepancies are galore in the story lines of both formats of William Shakespeare's creation.
The ways in which diversity and divisions affect people and their relationships can be shown in Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, as well as the film West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise.
When Paris speaks in line 57 there is dramatic irony.
‘Obey and go with me, for thou must die.’
It is in fact Paris that ends up dead.
Lines 66 and 67 of Romeo’s speech are a rhyming couplet. Here, Shakespeare may have wanted to make it appear that Paris was going to leave by using the rhyme as a conclusion to the speech between Paris and Romeo. However, Paris speaks again, which gives the audience the feeling that there will be trouble.
Bloodshed and chaos appear inevitable in fair Verona; Romeo and Juliet come from enemy households, the Montegues and the Capulets, who have sworn to defeat one another.
This allows the audience to see the role of fate in all of the decisions and actions of the characters throughout the play, because they know what the end result will be from the very beginning.
One of the more significant examples occurs in act 2 scene 3, " For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households' rancour to pure love." (2.3 91-92)
"What if it be a poison, which the friar subtly hath minister'd to have me dead"(4.3 24-25)
Fate played a large role in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, celestial imagery foreshadowed fate, as well as Shakespeare presenting many "what if" statements intricately intertwined, making the reader wonder what would happen, slowly ensuring that they would continue to read on.
Most Elizabethans believed in fate
Rich Elizabethans paid for horoscopes before major decisions
Many Elizabethans believed that they had no way of controlling their fate
Modern Day Beliefs
Fate also known as destiny
Expressed through fortune and fortune telling
Horoscopes are read in the paper or online daily
Expressed in different forms of literature including philosophy and creative writing
Romeo: "I feel too early, for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars..." (1.4, 113)
How is this a "What if"?
Although the Friar does not directly say, "what if" the intended meaning can be represented in a "what if" phrase.