Quotes for Act 4
“O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris,
From off the battlements of any tower,
Or walk in theivish ways, or bid me lurk
Where serpents are. Chain me with roaring bears,
Or hide me nightly in a charnel house,
O’ercovered quite with dead men’s rattling bones,
With reeky shanks and yellow chapless skulls.” (4.1.78-84)
I chose this quote because it is descriptive of only a few things Juliet would do for Romeo.
In this quote, Juliet stops acting like an immature, indecisive child. She shows for the first time her courage, her guts to go through with suicide if she is forced to marry Paris. She isn’t being playful, she is quite serious, something she hasn’t shown in the novel up til now.
“Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
In lasting labor of his pilgrimage!
But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
And cruel death hath catched it from my sight!” (4.5.49-54) I chose this quote because it is a rare moment for Lady Capulet to say this.
Lady Capulet has been the one who tends to stay away from her daughter and who didn’t help her when she fought with Capulet. I find it ironic that she says Juliet was the joy in her life when she barely cared for her since that was Nurse’s job. If what she says is true, then she has been bottling up her feelings since Juliet was born.
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