'Romeo and Juliet' - Act 4 Key Quotations
“Stay Tybalt stay!”
“Romeo! Romeo! Romeo! I drink to thee.”
- JULIET -
Elizabethan audiences were highly superstitious - ghosts were often thought to only appear when someone had died a gruesome death = Tybalt would not look pretty!
Death/Mortality; Love; Free Will
“Stay Tybalt stay!” = Juliet is worried about waking up next to a slowly decaying Tybalt, she thinks she can see his ghost.
Repetition = “Romeo! Romeo! Romeo!” - repetition of Romeo’s name gives Juliet the strength to drink the potion - shows the depth of her devotion.
“My child, my only life”
- LADY CAPULET -
“The heavens do lour upon you for some ill. Move them no more by crossing their high will.”
- FRIAR LAWRENCE -
God-fearing Protestant Elizabethan England would fear the consequences of an angry God. The Friar’s actions help Shakespeare to cast doubt on the Catholic faith (Elizabeth was a Protestant).
Authority (Gods); Fate
“My child, my only life” = her only surviving child - one of the only maternal moments in the play - possessive personal pronoun ‘my’.
“The heavens do lour upon you for some ill. Move them no more by crossing their high will." = ‘lour’ powerful verb - means to scowl - ‘move them’ verb phrase - don’t anger the Gods further ‘high will’ noun phrase - Godly intentions. A bit harsh considering he knows the truth!