Act 4

Look through Act 4 and find at least two examples of Juxtaposition in the play.

Try not to use the internet to help you this time.  See what you can find on your own.

Explain the meaning of the lines you have selected and how the juxtaposition works to create meaning. (i.e. the juxtaposition adds humour or deeper meaning…)

Once everyone has posted their answers, I will approve them and you will read each other’s and respond to at least one other person’s.



As will all of your blogs, this will be marked out of 10 for your initial response and 5 for your reply to another student.


Total marks:  15


7 responses to “Act 4

  1. Kyle

    Two Examples of juxtaposition in Act 4 of Romeo And Juliet are youth and old age and Romeos Charming wit and and Princes money and loyalty.

    My first example of youth and old age, goes to talk about how throughout the play there is the old nurse and the young Juliet. This is to show the elder nurses wisdom and mother figure towards Juliet. The nurse is like Juliet mother she helps her with everything is always there for her to talk to and Juliet being the young person goes to show how you are supposed to show kindness on concern to your elders and talking with them and listening to what they have to say will make situations easier.

    Secondly, another sign of Juxtaposition in the Act Is to do with the Battle over Juliet’s hand in marriage between Romeo and Prince with Romeos loving charm even though he is banished. And Princes Riches and approval from Juliet’s parents. It shows this all the way throughout the Act where it is going to show you should always go with your heart to do what you feel is right. You don’t always have to go with the decision that will make your parents, or even friends happier. Juliet’s goes to show that true love can exist and if you find it don’t just go for money or loyalty or your parents approval. Go with your inner most feelings because money cant always buy happiness.

    • I agree with Kyle’s opinions, especially the comparison between Romeo and Paris. Paris is the likelier option to give her a good life; her family likes him, he’s a noble, and he has money. While Romeo, now that he’s banished, has nothing but her love, not to mention he’s also a Montague, her family’s sworn enemy. Despite Paris being the option that would lead her to a better life, the juxtaposition of him and Romeo being a comparison of good and bad, she instead goes for her true love, Romeo.

  2. There is some juxtaposition with the Nurse and Juliet. Juliet is a noble, rich and pampered, while the Nurse is a servant who while being able to live with the Capulets, probably has no real wealth past that. Being a servant, she also doesn’t have much choice in the things she has to do, which makes it ironic as well when Juliet asks her to help her with her clothes for the wedding on Thursday, when she could so easily just order her to do it, as her father goes on to say just after.

    Act 4, scene 2. Lines 31 to 35.

    Juliet: Nurse, will you go with me into my closet
    To help me sort such needful ornaments
    As you think fit to furnish me tomorrow?

    Lady Capulet: No, not till Thursday. There is time enough.

    Capulet: Go, Nurse. Go with her. We’ll to church tomorrow.

    Juxtaposition is also a theme to go with Romeo and Paris, as both love Juliet, but Juliet can’t stand Paris, and only has love for Romeo. Paris calls her lovely and thinks her extremely beautiful, just as Romeo does, but is rejected in the beginning, and even though it’d be an easier life to live with Paris than go off and find Romeo, she continues to reject him. The way Juliet speaks to him in Act 4, scene 1, shows just how witty she is, playing along with his words to make her sound like she likes him, while we the readers see her bitter intentions.

    Act 4, scene 1. Lines 25 to 29.

    Paris: Do not deny to him that you love me.

    Juliet: I will confess to you that I love him.

    Paris: So will ye, I am sure, that you love me.

    Juliet: If I do so, it will be of more price
    Being spoke behind your back than to your face.

  3. kyle

    I agree with Carrie she describes Juxtaposition in Romeo and Juliet between the Nurse and Juliet very well. She gives very good reasoning on why she thinks that they play a role in Juxtaposition on just how oppisite they actually are. Juliet is the young, pretty, pampered, wealthy girl while the nurse is her elder servant pretty much ready to be at her service any minute. Furthermore I agree with Carrie simply because she gives good reasoning and examples right from the story to support her answer.

  4. Emily

    I have found two examples of Juxtaposition one being the youth and the elder and the other being two people telling eachother things but only one person reveals all they know.

    1) Romeo and friar Laurence’s relationship is a good example of juxtaposition because Romeo is only a teenage boy and Friar Laurence seems to show characteristics of a “father-like figure” or a “wise” man proving that he is older than Romeo. This is an example of the youth and the elder being really close friends, when usually young teenagers hangout with other teenagers and ask their friends for advice instead of a monk. To prove this type of characteristics Friar yells at Romeo in
    Act 3, Scene 3: Lines 1 to 8:

    “Friar Laurence: Romeo come forth; come forth, thou fearful man:
    Affliction is enamour’d of thy parts,
    And thou art wedded to calamity

    [Enter Romeo]
    Romeo: Father, what news? What is the prince’s doom?
    What sorrow craves acquaintance at my hand, That I yet know not?

    Friar Laurence: Too familiar is my dear son with such sour company I bring thee tidings of the Prince’s doom”(Shakespeare, 171)

    In this scene Friar is pretty much yelling at Romeo and he is referring to him as his son He is a father figure as well a friend.

    2)Paris is saying he loves Juliet because they are getting married and that is what love is about.
    Act 4, Scene 1: Lines 18 to 21

    “Paris: Happily met, my lady and my wife!

    Juliet: That may be, sir, when I may be a wife!

    Paris: That may be must be, love, on Thursday next.

    Juliet: What must be shall be.” (Shakespeare, 215)

    From these lines it is clear that Juliet does not love Paris she is in love with Romeo and does not want to marry Paris. Juliet came to Friar Laurence looking for a way to be with her true love. This is juxtaposition because Paris believes he will be with Juliet and he is in love with her but Juliet isn’t telling him that she doesn’t love him. Instead she is deceiving her family and Paris as she is sad about Tybalt and just acting sour. She is actually in love with Romeo and sad that he has been banished. This is a good example of juxtaposition because one person only knows one side of the story where the other knows everything and pretends to feel one way half the time and feel another way the other half.

  5. courtneykerim

    Tybalt:Romeo, the love i bear thee can afford no better term then this:thou art a villain
    romeo:Tybalt, the reason that i have to love thee doth much excuse the appertainging rage,
    to such a greeting. villi-an am i none;
    therefore farewell; i see thou know’st me not

    This scene talks about the hate that Tybalt has and how much he cant stand romeo or his family and just get mad with just the thought of hi but then there is romeo who is willing to love and forget everything that has happened between the family’s.
    This is juxtaposition because it has the hopeless lover romeo and the hate full Tybalt that just has so much rage together.

    A second Juxtaposition would when Juliet runs home and has finally decided that she will marry prince but then all of a sudden once everyone leaves she gets confused again on what she should do. This shows Juxtapose by agreeing and then disagreeing with the idea about marrying prince and this scene also shows how immature she is and how she cant make up her mind and needs someone else to make her own decisions.

    I went somewhere where I learned that being disobedient to my father is a sin. Holy Father Lawrence instructed me to fall on my knees and beg your forgiveness. (she kneels down) Forgive me, I beg you. From now on I’ll do whatever you say.

    Later on in the scene…

    Good-bye. Only God knows when we’ll meet again. There is a slight cold fear cutting through my veins. It almost freezes the heat of life. I’ll call them back here to comfort me. Nurse!—Oh, what good would she do here?
    In my desperate situation, I have to act alone.

  6. Matthew Smith

    Juxtaposition is an act or instance of placing two things close together or side by side. In literature, a juxtaposition forces the reader to stop and reconsider the meaning of the text through the contrasting images, ideas, motifs, etc.

    There are many examples of Juxtaposition in Romeo and Juliet. Revisit Act 4 (Scene 5), when Capulet thought that Juliet was dead. “All things that we ordained festival…And all things change them to the contrary.” (4.2,84-90) Based on these lines it is clear that everything will be used for the opposite purpose from what they intended. Wedding preparations will be used for the funeral. Happy music will become dark and depressing.The wedding meal will become a burial feast. Their celebratory songs will change to mournful tunes. The bridal flowers will lay upon Juliet’s body. Juxtaposition works to create meaning in these lines by bringing two big events together; the wedding and Juliet’s funeral.

    Not long before that (4.3, 15-16) Juliet said, “I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins That almost freezes up the heat of life.” Juliet is afraid that Friar Laurence gave her real poison. She describes the feeling as it moves throughout her body. Juxtaposition works to create meaning in these lines by comparing the warm human body to the cold feeling you get in frightening situations.

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