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Romeo and Juliet Act IV, Scene 1

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Act IV, Scene 1 Summary of scene In Friar Lawrence's cell Paris is talking about his marriage with Juliet. Paris says that Juliet's sorrow about Tybalt's death has simply made her disturbed. He says Lord Capulet has decided that they should get marry soon so that Juliet can stop lamenting. Juliet enters the cell and Paris speaks to her adoringly. Juliet responds uninterestedly and quite curtly. Friar Lawrence indirectly tells Paris to go away, giving Juliet's confession as the reason. After Paris leaves, Juliet threatens to kill herself if Friar Lawrence doesn't help her get out of the wedding. ...read more.

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In spite of the role Friar Lawrence plays in bringing about the lovers' deaths (later on), he is never presented in a negative way. He is always treated as a wise person. His unsuccessful plans are treated as a mishap for which he is given no blame (later in the book). In this scene Paris continues to be ignorant and unaware. He continues to think that Juliet is still sad of the death of her cousin. He should surely think something else is wrong with Juliet after her gloominess for such a long time. If we are not mistaken, this is the first time Juliet talks with Paris. ...read more.

Conclusion

She makes Paris think that she loves him, but she actually means she loves Romeo. Juliet: "Being spoke behind your back, than to you face." (Line 29) Double meaning continues: She has revealed she is not hiding things; she has "officially" confessed to Paris about her love for Romeo. Friar Lawrence: "My lord, we must treat time alone." (Line 41) He is indirectly telling Paris to get out of there (indirect reference). Juliet: "And with this knife I'll help it presently." (Line 55) She is threatening to kill her self like Romeo did (repetition). "O bid me leap...............................to my sweet love" (Line 78-90) She shows her desperateness to not marry Paris. She can do anything in the world except marry Paris. She compares her situation to other situations which seem worse to us (usage of metaphors). ...read more.

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