Introduction: What Happens in Shakespeare’s Play and Why Did Romeo Go to the Tomb?
In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the two are so in love that they make plans to marry. They are then secretly married, but soon after fall into an argument and decide not to tell each other. Unfortunately, this argument leads to a feud between the two families which ultimately results in their deaths. In the first scene of the play, the two families are gathered together and the newly-wed couple, Romeo and Juliet, meet. Since they come from two different families, they are not related but are considered by everyone to be marrying for love. In Elizabethan society, it was rare for people to marry for love because only highly-educated men and women were allowed to marry. If a man and a woman were not related, they had to be highly educated because that was what the highest social classes expected from their sons and daughters. Since Romeo is not from a high social class, he cannot marry Juliet without gaining something of the higher class. This allows him to marry her for love.
Why Does Paris Think Romeo Has Come to the Tomb?
Paris is at the Capulet’s tomb with his cousin, Count Paris. He believes that Romeo is secretly visiting the tomb because he thinks he hears him there. When Romeo arrives, Paris asks him why he has come to the tomb. Romeo says that he wants his fortune told by a spirit that lives there. Paris asks him what spirit lives in the tomb and calls it “dead and damned” because they are both Capulet’s family, and Count Paris is upset when he hears Romeo say this. To calm him down, Romeo says that he doesn’t mean anything by it. Romeo then tells Paris that the spirit has told him that the one who brought his death will soon be caught in a trap. The two men speak for a short time about how the Capulets and Montagues are finally going to be friends again. [ARTICLE END]
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Why Does Juliet Think She Knows What Happens Next?
Juliet asks one of the maids why Romeo has not come to visit her. She is upset when she learns that he is not allowed in the Capulet’s home because of their feud. She later tells Paris about how she will be married that day and how, instead, she wants to be with Romeo. She tells him that she knows what happens next and that her husband will kill Tybalt. Paris looks at her in surprise, because only the Prince of Verona has been told this information. He asks a few more questions, and Juliet replies that her mother knows full well what is going to happen on this special day. Paris does not know what to do, so he decides to stay and watch over her.
Juliet uses a number of ironic words to tell Paris about what she has heard. She says that the Friar will marry them, and this will give them a “fasting husband”. This is ironic, because it means that the marriage will be especially lucky for them because they are so much in love. She also says that Romeo will kill Tybalt and then be banished from Verona. Then, at the end of the play, Paris reveals that all of Juliet’s words have come true.
The Twists and Turns of All Three Characters’ Thinking
It is important to note that the beginning of this scene is similar to the last scene. In the last scene, Romeo and Juliet speak about their love for one another and introduce themselves to each other. Here, Count Paris speaks about his love for Juliet, and she wonders who he is. Juliet recognizes him as a prince and he calls her “the most beautious creature in the world.” Paris admits that he has been waiting for Juliet to marry him.
Another similarity between the last scene and this scene is that both of these scenes are spoken to her by a man, who is speaking in both situations. Count Paris introduces himself to Juliet as “your noble, your generous and your emboldened lover” (4.4.1-2). In the last scene, Romeo addresses Juliet as “O! speak again bright angel” (3.1.145). Both Juliet and Romeo seem to be enamored by these men, and the openings of their conversations are similar in that they talk about love and formal introduction.