'Romeo and Juliet' - Act 5 Key Quotations
“I dreamt my lady came and found me dead”
“I will lie with thee tonight”
- ROMEO -
A common Elizabethan belief was that dreams had prophetic values, some people even believed that dreams came directly from God.
Fate; Death; Love
Foreshadowing = Juliet waking and finding him dead.
Dramatic Irony = the audience would be on tenterhooks here.
“I will lie with thee tonight” - rash and quick to act - would have made sense to go and see the friar wouldn’t it? Normally a phrase that has connotations of sex - adds to the tragedy of the moment.
"Death's pale flag has not advancèd there."
“Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.”
- ROMEO -
An Elizabethan audience would be deeply moved by the desire to be united in death - suicide noble in this context.
War imagery = connotations of the surrender of death, it has not claimed Juliet’s beauty.
Dramatic Irony - SHE IS NOT DEAD! One of the most tortuous moments in the play.
2 simple sentences = “Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.” - at the end of it all, despite all the flowery melodrama, Romeo’s end is understated and simple - emphasises the tragedy of the moment.
“O happy dagger, this is thy sheath. There rust and let me die.”
- JULIET -
“Myself condemnèd and myself excused.”
- FRIAR LAWRENCE -
“See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!”
- THE PRINCE -
Nobility of suicide, the Elizabethan belief in God/fate.
Love vs. Death; Hate; Family Honour
Oxymoron = "happy dagger" - relief in death, the only way Juliet can be united with Romeo.
“Myself condemnèd and myself excused.” - as a man of God, the Friar is accountable to God - he is God’s messenger - he lets himself off the hook!
Juxtaposition of death and love = the Prince also attributes the tragedy to the heavens/fate - he at least also links their deaths to the feud.