Romeo And Juliet Essay, Research Paper
Act IV, scene i
Juliet finds Friar Laurence trying to convince Paris to postpone his wedding plans. Paris tries to wring a confession of love from Juliet, but he finally agrees to leave so she can make her confession to the Friar. Juliet asks the priest if he has any solution to her predicament or if she should just kill herself. He tells her his plan: she should to consent to the marriage, then drink a potion the Friar will give her the night before the wedding, which will make her appear to be dead. He says he will send a friar to Mantua with a letter telling Romeo of their plan so he can come and carry her from the tomb when she awakes from the sleep the potion will induce.
Act IV, scene ii
Juliet comes home to find the preparations being made for her wedding. She tells her father that on Friar Laurence’s advice, she is now willing to submit to his will. She goes with her Nurse to choose her outfit for the wedding, which has been moved up a day.
Act IV, scene iii
Juliet sends the Nurse and her mother away. She lies down with her dagger, which she has determined to use if the potion doesn’t work, and begins to have misgivings and fearful visions. She drinks the potion and falls asleep.
Act IV, scene iv
Capulet oversees the wedding preparations early on the morning of the wedding. Paris arrives with Friar Laurence, and the Nurse goes to wake Juliet.
Act IV, scene v
The Nurse finds Juliet, apparently dead. The others enter one by one, and are stunned and dismayed. The Friar consoles them, saying Juliet’s death is for the best, and urges them carry her to the church for her funeral.
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