Theme Of Death In Romeo And Juliet

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Register to read the introduction… However, in order to help Juliet through her "grief" over Tybalt's death, Capulet decides to marry her off to Paris (III, iv). Of course this is a problem as she is secretly married to Romeo at this time. In III, v, Lady Capulet states, "I'll send one in Mantua, where that same banished runagate doth live, that he shall soon keep Tybalt company…" (ll94-96). This statement prophesizes Romeo's death later in the final scene of the play. Then, Lady Capulet wishes her daughter to be married to her grave (ll. 145), which is ironic, as Juliet will take a potion causing her to appear dead in IV, ii. That same evening, the lovers consummate their marriage, and in the morning, Juliet makes yet another prophesy, "O God, I have an ill-divining soul! Methinks I see thee, now thou art below, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb. Either my eyesight fails me, or thou lookest pale" …show more content…
Juliet threatens to kill herself if he will not help her, as she, like Romeo, believes that death is the only solution. The Friar suggests she "go through" with the wedding, and discusses a plan with her of simulating her death with a potion that will put her into a very deep sleep. With the Friar's plan at hand, Juliet "fantasizes about being surrounded by corpses, and she herself being a "fresh" corpse (IV, i). In IV, iii, Juliet says to the Nurse, "Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again," (ll.15) giving a prelude to her own apparent death. Juliet then ponders what she will do if the potion does not work, and decides to take a dagger with her to bed. She hopes that she will be able to use the dagger if she wakes in the morning to truly dispense herself from the world (ll.22-24). She continues her banter, afraid that she will wake up next to Tybalt's dead body before Romeo can exhume her. She also becomes fearful of suffocation from the unhealthy fumes in the catacomb (ll.31-36). Finally, in this dismal speech, she closes with the fact that if she is not exhumed quickly after waking, that she will go mad at the sight of Tybalt's freshly dead body, and take a bone and smash her brains in …show more content…
So, he sends a messenger to Mantua to deliver a letter with the details to Romeo (IV, i). On the morning of the wedding, Juliet is found "dead" by her Nurse, and the wedding turns into a funeral (IV, v). Unfortunately for Romeo, word of the Friar's plan was delayed by a plague (death). Ironically, Balthasar does not have a problem delivering the news of Juliet's death to Romeo. The scene opens with Romeo's prophetic dream, "I dreamt that my lady came and found me dead…." (ll.6). Moments later, Balthasar delivers his somewhat inaccurate news to Romeo, "Her body sleeps in Capel's monument, and her immortal part with angels lives" (ll.18-19). After Balthasar departs, Romeo decides that he is going to an apothecary, so that he can poison himself and lie with Juliet (ll.36-54). The apothecarist is hesitant to sell the poison to Romeo, but finally gives him a powerful poison

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