Romeo and Juliet ACT IV

Why is Friar Laurence reluctant to marry Paris to Juliet? Because he already married her to Romeo
How does Paris explain the sudden haste of the marriage plans? He thinks it will help Juliet get over Tybalt
What is ironic about the conversation between Juliet and Paris? He says she’ll be a happy bride when Juliet does not want to marry him and she was already married.
If Friar Laurence cannot help her, what does Juliet threaten to do? Kill herself
Why does Friar Laurence think that Juliet will accept his plan? They are all out of options and she was going to kill herself anyway
Describe the Friar’s plan for Juliet. Friar Lawrence’s plan was to give Juliet a “sleeping” potion so she would look like she was dead and he would send a letter to romeo explaining it all and then when she was put in her family’s tomb Romeo would come and get her and they could live happily together
What does Juliet say that makes her father happy? She will marry Paris
How does Capulet change the wedding plans? What implication does this have? He moves the wedding from Thursday to Wednesday, a day earlier.
How does Juliet show her maturity and independence in this scene? She takes the potion and makes decisions for herself because her mother, father, and the nurse disown her
If the potion does not work, what will Juliet do? kill herself
What are some of the fears Juliet has about the potion? It might kill her, she might not make up, Romeo might not be there when she wakes up.
What is happening in this brief scene? The Capulets and the Nurse stay up all night to get readyfor the wedding. Capulet, hearing Paris approach with musicians, orders the Nurse to awaken Juliet.
Describe the imagery Shakespeare uses in describing Juliet’s “death”? Her joints are stiff. She is cold and hard. Also there is no pulse or breath
What does Friar Laurence say to comfort the Capulet family? He’s just saying that now she’s in Heaven
What event are the Capulets now preparing for? Juliet’s funeral