Romeo and Juliet Act 4 Scene 1

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  • Paris is talking to Friar Lawrence about the upcoming wedding and Juliet arrives.
  • "My father Capulet will have it so, And I am nothing slow to slack his haste."
  • "You say you do not know the lady's mind? Uneven is the course. I like it not."
  • Juliet threatens Friar Lawrence that she will kill herself if he can't save her from marrying Paris.
  • "Tell me not, Friar, that thou hearest of this, Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it. If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help, Do thou but call my resolution wise, And with this knife I'll help it presently."
  • "Hold, daughter, I do spy a kind of hope, Which craves as desperate as an execution As this is desperate which we could prevent.."
  • Friar Lawrence gives her potion that will make her appear dead the morning of her wedding and after she awakes in the vault, he ensures her that Romeo will be there to take her away.
  • ..."Take thou vial, being then in bed, And this distilling liquor drink thou off; When presently through all thy veins shall run A cold and drowsy humor; for no pulse Shall keep his native progress, but sucrease...."
  • Dramatic Irony- irony that is inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the play. "Do not deny to him that you love me." ..."So will you, I am sure, that you love me." This quote represents that Paris does not know about Romeo and Juliet but the audience. This quote represents dramatic irony because a character in the play does not know the truth but the audience does.
  • Juliet can be characterized as determined and in love in this scene. As demonstrated in the quote above, it is revealed that is determined to not marry Paris because it if the marriage can't be prevented she will kill herself because she is so involve with Romeo and wants to be with him. Friar Lawrence can be characterized as secretive and manipulative. As demonstrated above, it is revealed that Friar is keeping the secret of Juliet and Romeo from Paris and he will manipulate the situation so Romeo and Juliet can be together.
  • Situational Irony-involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended. "...O, happy dagger, This is thy sheath. There rust, and let me die. (She takes Romeo's dagger, stabs herself, and dies.) This quote demonstrates situational irony because the purpose of the potion was so Juliet could avoid marrying Paris so she could be with Romeo but instead the plan failed and Romeo and Juliet both ended up killing themselves which was opposite of what was intended.
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