'Romeo and Juliet' - Act 5 Key Quotations

“I dreamt my lady came and found me dead”

“I will lie with thee tonight”

- ROMEO -

CONTEXT:

A common Elizabethan belief was that dreams had prophetic values, some people even believed that dreams came directly from God.

THEMES:

Fate; Death; Love

LANGUAGE:

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 -

CONTEXT:

An Elizabethan audience would be deeply moved by the desire to be united in death - suicide noble in this context.

THEMES:

Love; Death

LANGUAGE:

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 -

CONTEXT:

Nobility of suicide, the Elizabethan belief in God/fate.

THEMES:

Love vs. Death; Hate; Family Honour

LANGUAGE:

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.