Romeo and Juliet: Last Scene

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet Capulet Pages: 3 (888 words) Published: March 20, 2013
Romeo and Juliet is one of William Shakespeare’s most well known plays and loved by many. It is a tragedy, where two feuding family’s conflict is reconciled with the loss of their children, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, the “two star crossed lovers” that take their lives. In this essay I will analyze the given passage in Act 5 Scene 3 (143) relating my discussion to the play as a whole.

In the given passage, Juliet awakens from her drug induced ‘death” and finds Romeo dead along with Paris. Juliet cannot leave the tomb or even live without Romeo and decides to take her own life with his dagger. This does not come as a surprise to the viewer as they were told at the beginning of the play that “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.” (1:1 3)

Shakespeare not only tells the viewer right from the beginning that the lovers will die but he also demonstrates that fate is against them. In Act 5 Scene 5 Juliet foresees Romeo’s death in a vision, adding to the drama. She says “…Methinks I see thee, now thou art below, As one dead in the bottom of a tomb: Either my eyesight fails, or thou looe'st pale.” (3:5 109) Romeo replies that she too looks pale; furthermore saying that “Dry sorrow drinks [their] blood” (3:5 109). He even dreams of his own fate, “I dreamt my lady came and found me dead” (5:1 132.) This dream of Romeo’s seals his fate and forewarns him of his death which is depicted in the given passage Act 5 Scene 3 (143).

Lady Capulet also unknowingly condemns Juliet to her death. When Juliet refuses to marry Paris, Lady Capulet says “I wish the fool were married to her grave” (3:5 112). She even ironically foretells how Romeo will die when she tells Juliet that she will find someone to “give him such an unaccustomed dram That he shall soon keep Tybalt company” (3:5 110) seeking revenge for Tybalt’s death. Even Juliet brings upon the image of her own death...
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