O woeful day!

Tonight, you have been assigned to read Act V, scene i.

Before you do that, though, please re-read Act IV, scene v, and then paraphrase and analyze the reactions of Lady Capulet, Nurse, Paris and Capulet to finding Juliet dead, Act IV, scene v, lines 49-70.  How are these reactions appropriate to their characterizations and their individual relationships to Juliet?

LADY CAPULET

Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!
But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
But one thing to rejoice and solace in,                    
And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!

NURSE

O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
Most lamentable day, most woeful day,
That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!                                 
Never was seen so black a day as this:
O woeful day, O woeful day!

PARIS

Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
Most detestable death, by thee beguil’d,
By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!
O love! O life! not life, but love in death!

CAPULET

Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now
To murder, murder our solemnity?
O child! O child! my soul, and not my child!
Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead;
And with my child my joys are buried.
 
R&J blog #14

35 thoughts on “O woeful day!

  1. In Act IV, scene iv of Romeo and Juliet, it is revealed that Juliet is “dead.” The Nurse finds out first, and then the news gradually finds its way to her relatives.When she finds out, Lady Capulet says,

    “Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
    In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!
    But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
    But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
    And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!
    NURSE
    O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
    Most lamentable day, most woeful day,
    That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
    O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
    Never was seen so black a day as this:
    O woeful day, O woeful day!
    PARIS
    Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
    Most detestable death, by thee beguil’d,
    By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!
    O love! O life! not life, but love in death!
    CAPULET
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now
    To murder, murder our solemnity?
    O child! O child! my soul, and not my child!
    Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead;
    And with my child my joys are buried.” (ll. 49-70, pages 202-203).

    When paraphrased, it became,

    “Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    This is the most miserable hour ever
    In all his journey!
    I had this one, poor and loving child,
    The one thing I could find happiness in,
    And cruel death has taken her from my sight!
    NURSE
    Oh no! What a painful, painful, painful day!
    The most solemn day, most painful day,
    That ever, ever, I have lived through!
    O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
    There was never so black a day as this:
    O painful day, O painful day!
    PARIS
    Tricked, divorced, wronged, spited, killed!
    Most detestable death, that you have been tricked by,
    By cruel, cruel death, you were overthrown!
    O love! O life! She has no life, my love is gone!
    CAPULET
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    The timing is uncomfortable, why have you come now
    To disturb and disrupt our wedding?
    O child! O child! My soul, and not my child!
    You’re dead! No! My child is dead;
    And with my child, my joys will also be buried.”

    These reactions were quite interesting. It seems as if Shakespeare switched between the order of characters, and their dialogue, to give a kind of confused air. It makes the text feel very fast paced and emotional. I also find it interesting how each character reacted. The first, Lady Capulet, seems to be in regret. When Juliet told her that she didn’t want to marry Paris, the Lady shunned Juliet and thought nothing of it. However now, she feels bad because those were some of the last times she had with Juliet. Meanwhile, the nurse is just despairing. We must remember that the Nurse is like a second mother to Juliet, and has helped to raise her. For her, this is is just as much personal as any of the other characters. She is very emotional, because even though she and Juliet became distant towards the end, they still had a bond. Paris also feels unspeakable grief. While the love was not reciprocated, he still loved Juliet and was sad to see her die. The grief has an extra layer for him because this occurs right before the wedding, and we know he is partly to blame. Finally, Juliet’s father responds. With every reading, I feel as if he gets worse and worse. He is not sad over his only child dying. Instead, he is sad over the fact that she died before the marriage. It seems like he is being characterized as an antagonist as he is against Romeo and Juliet, his own daughter, as well. Overall, I found this passage interesting and unique, as it signified the beginning of the end of the play.

    • Great Job, Matt! Yiu showed a great understanding of the text with stellar analysis. Keep up the great work!

  2. LADY CAPULET
    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day! Most miserable hour that e’er time saw In lasting labour of his pilgrimage! But one, poor one, one poor and loving child, But one thing to rejoice and solace in, And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!
    Paraphrase: Cursed, disastrous, terrible, hateful day! The most miserable hour time has ever seen! I had but one poor child and loving child, one thing to find happiness and comfort in, and death took it from me!
    Lady Capulet is understandably very upset when Juliet is found presumably dead. She says how Juliet was the one thing that gave her happiness and comfort. However, throughout the play, they talk like once. It doesn’t seem that their relationship is that good. They don’t fight all the time but Juliet doesn’t tell her all her secrets like she does with the nurse.

    NURSE
    O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day! Most lamentable day, most woeful day,That ever, ever, I did yet behold! O day! O day! O day! O hateful day! Never was seen so black a day as this: O woeful day, O woeful day!
    Paraphrase: Oh the pain! O painful, painful, painful day! The saddest day, the most painful day, that I have ever seen! O day! O day! O day! O hateful day! There has never been a day as black as this one: O painful day, O painful day!
    To me, the nurse was probably hit the hardest with Juliet’s death out of all four. She had been nursing her since she was a baby and was the closest to her. Juliet told the nurse everything. From her reaction, we see how sad she is.
    PARIS
    Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain! Most detestable death, by thee beguil’d, By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown! O love! O life! not life, but love in death!
    Paraphrase: Tricked, wronged, disrespected, killed! The despicable death has tricked you, cruel death overthrew you! O, love! O life! There is no life for my lover is dead!
    Paris doesn’t even know Juliet yet and is saying he would have loved her. They were supposed to get married that day but obviously, that didn’t happen. I think Paris was more upset about no get married then Juliet actually dying.
    CAPULET
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d! Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now To murder, murder our solemnity? O child! O child! my soul, and not my child! Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead; And with my child my joys are buried.
    Paraphrase: Despised, distressed, hated, killed! Terrible time, why does death come now to ruin, ruin our happiness? O child! O child! More than my child, my soul! You are dead! Oh no! My child is dead. And my joys are buried with her.
    Capulet loved Juliet, but he wasn’t that close to her. The only time we see them talk is when he wants Juliet to marry Paris. He is mad and sad about Juliet’s death.

  3. In tonight’s reading of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Romeo discovers that Juliet was so called, dead. Although this is not true, Romeo runs back to Verona to see Juliet. Not only have we seen Romeo’s reaction, but in the scene before this one, we saw the Nurse, Paris, Lady Capulet, and Capulet’s reaction to finding Juliet “dead”. Lady Capulet reacts to this by saying, “Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day! Most miserable hour that e’er time sawIn lasting labour of his pilgrimage! But one, poor one, one poor and loving child, But one thing to rejoice and solace in, And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!” This can be translated to: This is a cursed, unhappy, dreadful day! This is the most miserable time ever. I had only one child, one poor child, one poor and loving child, the one thing I had to rejoice and comfort myself, yet cruel death has taken the kid away from me. The nurse replies, “O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day! Most lamentable day, most woeful day That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
    O day, O day, O day, O hateful day! Never was seen so black a day as this. O woeful day, O woeful day!” In other words, “Oh pain! Oh painful, painful, painful day! The saddest day, most painful day that I ever experienced! Oh day! Oh day! Oh day! Oh hateful day! There has never been so black a day as today. Oh painful day, Oh painful day! Next Paris says, “Beguiled, divorcèd, wrongèd, spited, slain! Most detestable Death, by thee beguiled, By cruel, cruel thee quite overthrown! O love! O life! Not life, but love in death.” This is translated to: She was wronged, tricked, killed! Death, the most despicable thing, tricked her! Oh love! Oh life! There is no life, but my love is dead!” Lastly, Capulet says, “Despised, distressèd, hated, martyred, killed! Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now To murder, murder our solemnity? O child, O child! My soul, and not my child! Dead art thou! Alack, my child is dead, And with my child my joys are buried.” In other words, Despised, distressed, hated, martyr, killed! Why did this have to happen now? Why did Death have to ruin our wedding? Oh child! Oh child! My soul and not my child! You are dead! Oh no! My child is dead. My child will be buried, and so will my joys.
    All these people were yelling at Juliet just before this scene and now they are loving her so much. They are proving the point that once something is gone, you want it more. Anyways, Lady Capulet’s response was appropriate in this context because she lost her daughter who she birthed and loved. Capulet’s response was reasonable because he just wanted the marriage to occur and he was rushing the marriage. Paris’ reaction was appropriate due to the fact that they were going to be wed the next day but somehow, she died. Most importantly was the nurse’s reaction because she was the one who looked to her as a mother figure and a best friend. The nurse thought she knew a lot about Juliet but she missed the part when Juliet was going to fake her death.

    • Great job! I love how you said that just a few scenes ago her father and mother were yelling at her, and now they are very upset. I think that that shows the strength of a parent’s love. Even though they sometimes yell at you, they still love you. I also like how you said that they demonstrated the fact that once something is gone you want it more. People could relate to that a lot nowadays. When people have experienced the feeling of wanting something that is gone, it gives them a better understanding of the text. I know that ever since I got braces, I was not allowed to chew gum. I never was a big fan of it in the first place, but now that I can’t have it, I really want some. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  4. In Act iv, Scene v of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, it is revealed to the reader that Juliet had begun her temporary “death.” The Nurse enters Juliet’s room and discovers her lifeless body on the bed. The Nurse tries to wake her, but believing her to be dead, cries out to the family in desperation. As a result, the Capulets, Friar Laurence, and Paris enter the room in response to the Nurse’s cries, and mourn Juliet’s loss while the Friar comforts them knowing the Juliet isn’t really dead. The Friar arranges for Juliet’s body to be taken to the family vault, and Lord Capulet orders that the wedding preparations be changed to funeral preparations. When Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet, the Nurse, and Paris found out about Juliet’s “death” they said:

    LADY CAPULET
    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
    In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!
    But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
    But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
    And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!

    NURSE
    O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
    Most lamentable day, most woeful day,
    That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
    O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
    Never was seen so black a day as this:
    O woeful day, O woeful day!

    PARIS
    Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
    Most detestable death, by thee beguil’d,
    By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!
    O love! O life! not life, but love in death!

    CAPULET
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now
    To murder, murder our solemnity?
    O child! O child! my soul, and not my child!
    Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead;
    And with my child my joys are buried.

    Paraphrased:

    LADY CAPULET
    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    This is the most miserable hour of all time!
    In his journey
    I had only one child, one poor child, one poor and loving child,
    the one thing I had to rejoice and comfort myself,
    and cruel Death has stolen it from me!

    NURSE
    Oh pain! Oh painful, painful, painful day!
    The saddest day, most painful day
    that I ever, ever did behold!
    Oh day! Oh day! Oh day! Oh hateful day!
    There has never been so bad a day as today.
    Oh painful day, Oh painful day!

    PARIS
    She was tricked, divorced, wronged, spited, killed!
    Death, the most despicable thing, tricked her.
    Cruel, cruel Death killed her.
    Oh love! Oh life! There is no life, but my love is dead!

    CAPULET
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyred, killed!
    Why did this have to happen now?
    Why did Death have to ruin our wedding?
    Oh child! Oh child! My soul and not my child!
    You are dead! Oh no! My child is dead.
    My child will be buried, and so will my joys.

    These reactions from these characters are very interesting and significant. The way that some of these characters responded provides some insight towards the true character and personality of them. For example, Lady Capulet seems sad and full of despair despite her not agreeing with Juliet’s decision not to marry Paris. The nurse is just melancholy above all and absolutely heartbroken. This is because the nurse was like mother to Juliet and her mentor and advisor, who helped her a lot throughout her life. Next, Paris is just sad at the death, and still loved Juliet and wished to see her alive. Last but not least, Lord Capulet didn’t care at all about Juliet, and only about the wedding she was supposed to part take in. He seems to only care about the wedding that was possible without Juliet. This can make him an antagonist which could be further proved later on in the story. As you can see, these reactions were very interesting and significant to the story. I hope to read more and learn more about Romeo, Juliet, and their everlasting love story.

    • Your paraphrasing was spot-on! I agree with how you said that Lady Capulet is upset because her last moments with Juliet were when they were in a disagreement. The nurse was an obvious motherly figure in Juliet’s life, so that justifies why she is melancholy. Paris also loved her, and wanted to marry her. However, I don’t think that Capulet was concerned about Juliet missing her wedding, because he stated that his joy is gone, and that his only child is dead. He wished it could’ve been him that died, not Juliet. He was a villain to the reader when he yelled at Juliet telling her to marry Paris, but he isn’t angry at Juliet for dying before the wedding. Great blog!

  5. Lady Capulet
    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    The most miserable hour that time ever saw
    Laboring through his last adventure!
    But one poor and innocent child,
    But the one thing that brought joy and happiness,
    And cruel death had taken it away from me!

    Nurse
    Oh sorrow! Oh sorrowful, sorrowful, sorrowful day!
    Most sad day, most sorrowful day,
    That ever, ever I went through!
    Oh day! Oh day! Oh day! Oh hateful day!
    There never was a day so horrid as this:
    Oh sorrowful, sorrowful day!

    Paris
    Bewitched, separated, wronged, hurt, destroyed!
    Most hated death, by you tricked,
    By your cruel cruel ways we were beaten!
    Oh love! Oh life! Not life, but love in death!

    Capulet
    Contempted, sorrowful, hated, martyr’d, killed!
    Uneasy time, why did you come now
    To kill, kill our ceremony?
    Oh child! Oh child! My soul, and not my child!
    You are dead! Alas! My child is dead;
    And with my child, my joys are killed.

    The nurse seems to be having the worst reaction to Juliet’s “death”. After all, the two were probably the closest. Juliet would tell the Nurse things that she was scared to tell her parents. Although her parents loved her, the Nurse was probably the only friend she had. She and the Nurse were very very close, and the Nurse is having a hard time processing that the girl she raised since an infant was now dead. Multiple times in the play, the Nurse stated that she raised Juliet and knew her like her own daughter. The shock of Juliet’s death also made a hard impact on her parents. They both say that Juliet was the origin of their joy, and since Juliet is now dead, so is their happiness.

  6. LADY CAPULET
    Cursed, miserable, grim, horrible day!
    The most sorrowful hour ever has come,
    In the lasting work of his journey!
    But one so poor and loving child,
    But one thing that should be rejoiced and cheerful for,
    And cruel death has taken her from my sight!

    NURSE
    O woe! O what a melancholy day!
    Most grieving day, most sorrowful day,
    That I have ever had!
    O day! O day! O day! O horrible day!
    Never a black day like this has been seen.
    O what a woeful day!

    PARIS
    Seduced, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
    Most terrible death, by being attracted,
    She was overthrown by the cruelness!
    O love! O life! not life, but love in death!
    CAPULET

    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    Bad time, why has it come now
    To murder, murder our dignity?
    O child, O child! Take my should, and not my child!
    She is Dead! Alas, she is dead;
    With my child, my joys are buried.

    They’re reactions to Juliet’s “death” fit well to their personality. First, Lady Capulet shows great sorrow. Although she wasn’t being much of a motherly figure, you can see how much she loves Juliet. She does not force Juliet to marry Paris, and acts inferior. That would be normal, since the man of the house in the older ages were superior. In many ways, she would just follow and support her husband. She also acts superior to others, to keep their status in society. Next is Capulet. He shows a lot of sorrow, but still shows pieces of his personality. He says how its his child, their solemnities was also murdered. He seemed to be upset because of not only her daughter dying, but also their only heir dying. Lastly, there is the nurse. She seems like the most sorrowful. After all, she treated her like her own. Even when she didn’t side with her, she just wanted to help Juliet get past the man who just ruined their life.

  7. In the morning, the nurse tries to wake up only to find Juliet so-called dead. Moments later, Capulet and Lady Capulet find out and soon, everyone in the Capulet house finds out about her fake death. Lady Capulet says:

    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
    In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!
    But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
    But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
    And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!
    NURSE
    O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
    Most lamentable day, most woeful day,
    That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
    O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
    Never was seen so black a day as this:
    O woeful day, O woeful day!
    PARIS
    Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
    Most detestable death, by thee beguil’d,
    By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!
    O love! O life! not life, but love in death!
    CAPULET
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now
    To murder, murder our solemnity?
    O child! O child! my soul, and not my child!
    Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead;
    And with my child my joys are buried.”

    When paraphrased:
    Bad, bad, bad day!
    This is the worst day ever!
    In all his journey!
    I had a poor, loving child,
    The one thing that can bring me happiness,
    is dead!
    NURSE
    O bad, bad, bad day!
    Most awful day, most awful day,
    That ever happened!
    Oh day, oh day, oh day, oh bad day!
    There was never a day that was this bad:
    Oh bad day, oh bad day!
    PARIS
    Tricked, divorced, wronged, spat, slain!
    You had a cruel death
    By cruel cruel death, you overthrow!
    O love! O life! she has no life, she is dead!
    CAPULET
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    Why has death come now
    To disrupt the wedding?
    O child! O child! my soul, and not my child!
    You are dead, no my child is dead;
    And with my child my joys are buried.

    First, Lady Capulet says her own speech. She is upset that Juliet dies and believes that the day of her death is the worst day ever. Second, the nurse gets really emotional. Although things got rough before her fake death, she still had a deep connection with her and was like a second and more caring mother to Juliet. Next was Paris. He acts very sadly, but we all no that it was only partly upset because of her death, he was actually upset that he could not marry Juliet. And Capulet was more angry than upset. He is angry that Juliet died before the marriage and that he has no more strong connections with the prince. In all, only the nurse and Lady Capulet are actually upset about Juliet’s death.

  8. The characters surrounding Juliet all have different kinds of reactions to her supposed death.

    Paraphrase:

    Lady Capulet:
    Horrible, horrible, horrible day!
    This is the most horrible of times
    In the hard work of us
    And this poor, poor, loving child
    Was our one source of joy
    And now that joy has been taken away

    Nurse:
    It’s a horrible, horrible day today!
    This day is bad, this day is the worst.
    That I have ever lived in!
    O day! O day! O day! O horrific day!
    There has never been a day as bad as this
    O woeful day! O woeful day!

    Paris:
    Fooled, separated, wronged, hated, killed!
    A horrible death, that she has done.
    A cruel death that you have gone through.
    My love, my only love has been slain!

    Capulet:
    You were hated, hated, and now you have been killed!
    Why has your death come at an uncomfortable time
    To defeat and ruin our party?
    O child, O child! You’re not my child!
    You are dead! My child is dead!
    And my happiness is gone with her.

    The characters all react very differently to eachother, but all of them are saddened by Juliet’s supposed death. Paris is the most realistic and skeptical out of all of them, as he probably has the least amount of connection to Juliet. He is sad that his future wife is now dead, but he is suspicious that her death may be fake. He is thinking how it might not be a coincidence that Juliet died right before their wedding, and how he already knew that Juliet did not want to marry him. Capulet is kind of blaming Juliet for ruining their celebrations for that day. He is saying that her death came at a bad time for him and the families, but is also saying that his happiness and joy has been lost with the death of his daughter. Lady Capulet is very distraught, and she is saying that this day is one of the worst she has ever had to live in. She is saying that their only source of happiness has been taken away from them, and now all they have is endless work. The Nurse cares the most for Juliet’s death, and she keeps on repeating how horrific of a day it is. She is saying that this is the confirmed worst day she has ever lived in, and is terribly sad over Juliet.

  9. LADY CAPULET:
    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    The most miserable hour ever in time
    In this journey
    My only child
    The one thing that comforted me
    snatched away by cruel death!

    NURSE:
    Oh sorrow! Oh sorrowful, sorrowful, sorrowful day!
    A sad day, a miserable day
    That I’ve ever been through
    Oh day! Oh day! Oh day! Oh hateful day!
    There has never been a day as black as this
    Oh painful day, Oh painful day!

    PARIS:
    Wronged, tricked, hurt, and slain!
    Cruel death has tricked her
    Cruel, cruel death killed her
    Oh love! Oh life! There is no life for my love has died.

    CAPULET:
    Despised, distressèd, hated, martyred, killed!
    Why did it come at such an unfit time?
    To murder, to kill their marriage
    Oh child, Oh child! My soul, and not my child!
    She is dead! My child is dead,
    and with her is my joys.

    Each person reacts different to the “death” of Juliet. Of course, they are all sad, but they all have different reasons on why they are. First of all, Lady Capulet lost her only child, her only comfort. Juliet brought joy to her life, and because Juliet is the only child, her death is even harder to bare. She believes that this the worst day of her life, death taking away her only comfort. Lady Capulet is a mother, and her reaction is the just as a mother would react. The Nurse, also believes that this is the hardest day of her life. The Nurse had a very special relationship with Juliet, so it isn’t surprising that she is very upset. She feels literal pain, which is what someone would feel if they were really close with the person that had died. The Nurse feels more hurt than Lady Capulet, even though she isn’t her mother. The Nurse doesn’t say anything about the death, only that she is in pain, and that it is the hardest day of her life. She doesn’t care about what will happen, and only suffers. Paris has a completely different reaction. Immediately he blames Death for taking her away from him. Instead of suffering, he blames Death. Capulet is upset that his daughter died, but only thinks about the marriage, and how it was terrible timing.

  10. In Act IV, scene v of Romeo and Juliet, everybody finds out that Juliet is “dead”. They all have different reactions to her death. Lady Capulet says,

    “Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
    In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!
    But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
    But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
    And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!”

    Once this is paraphrased it becomes,

    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    Most miserable hour ever
    In the final part of this journey!
    I only had one poor, loving child,
    The only happiness I found,
    And crew death took her from me!

    Lady Capulet’s reaction is, and isn’t what I would expect from a mother when their child dies. She does say that it is the worst day ever, which is expected, but she like she wants people to feel bad for her. She is saying that Juliet was her only child and she was taken away. I feel like a mother wouldn’t even be able to complain, she would just be so upset. Although, I’m not surprised that she reacted this way. Lady Capulet hasn’t been Juliet’s “mother figure” in the play, so I guess she doesn’t react like a mother would. Juliet’s “mother figure” was the Nurse. Her reaction is more expected.

    “O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
    Most lamentable day, most woeful day,
    That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
    O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
    Never was seen so black a day as this:
    O woeful day, O woeful day!”

    Paraphrased, this means,

    O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
    Most sorrowful day, most woeful day,
    That’s ever, ever I have experienced!
    O day! O day! O hateful day!
    Never has there been a more terrible day as today:
    O woeful day, O woeful day!

    As I said earlier, this is what I would expect from a mother. The Nurse is so heartbroken that she just uses the same words over and over again; her brain is overwhelmed with sadness. Since the Nurse was like Juliet’s mother, she has a motherly reaction, which is appropriate. The next reaction we see is from Paris.

    “Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
    Most detestable death, by thee beguil’d,
    By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!
    O love! O life! not life, but love in death!”

    When I paraphrased this, it became,

    Tricked, divorced, wronged, spited, killed!
    Most unwanted death, which you have been tricked by,
    By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!
    O love! O life! not life, but love in death!

    Paris doesn’t seem too upset about Juliet’s death. He wasn’t close with her so this seems right. He is just mad that he isn’t getting married now. I wouldn’t say that his reaction is appropriate, considering that Juliet was his fiancé, but it is expected since they were set up into marrige. The final reaction we see in Capulet’s.

    “Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now
    To murder, murder our solemnity?
    O child! O child! my soul, and not my child!
    Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead;
    And with my child my joys are buried.”

    After paraphrasing, this is,

    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    Bad timing, why you have come now
    To mess up our wedding?
    O child! O child! Take me, not her!
    She is dead! No! My child is dead;
    And with my child, my joys will also be buried.

    Capulet’s reaction makes sense to me. At first he is reacting like Paris and Lady Capulet, mad that the wedding is off. But then he starts reacting like the Nurse. He wishes he could be dead instead of Juliet and is having trouble coming to terms with the situation. This reaction is appropriate, and makes sense. He is Juliet’s father so he gets very upset, so they weren’t very close so he doesn’t immediately freak out. Overall I think there is reasoning behind each character’s response to Juliet’s supposed death, and all reactions are pretty much expected from their connection to Juliet and their characterization.

    • Awesome job on the blog, Hailey. I agreed with basically every one of your points on their reactions. Keep up the great work.

  11. Different reactions paraphrased:

    Lady Capulet

    Cursed, unhappy, miserable, hateful day!
    A most miserable hour that has ever occurred
    Right before she would marry him!
    I only had one loving child,
    Only one thing to feel happiness,
    And cruel death has taken her from me!

    Nurse

    Oh misery! Oh miserable, miserable, miserable day!
    The most sorrowful day, most miserable day,
    That I have ever, ever, beheld!
    Oh day! Oh day! Oh hateful day!

    Paris

    Deceived, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
    Death is most detestable, as he has deceived you
    From cruel pain you are removed from power!
    Oh love! Oh life! There is not life in death, but love!

    Capulet

    Despised, distressed, hated, murdered for her beliefs, killed!
    Why has this uncomfortable time befallen us now
    To kill, kill our dignity?
    Oh child! Oh child! My soul, and not my child!
    You are dead! Oh no! My child is dead;
    And thus my happiness is crushed.

    After everyone finds out Juliet is dead (or thinks so), each character reacts differently, which is connected to their personality and relationship to her. First, Lady Capulet. Lady Capulet’s reaction to finding her daughter pale and unmoving is quite selfish in my opinion. As predicted, she is miserable. However, this is only so because she realizes that her only happiness has been taken from her. Her wording makes it seem as if she only cares about her own happiness, and not so much that Juliet had died. In addition, I feel like in that time period, mothers didn’t really care so much for their children like today, and weren’t so deeply bonded. Next, the Nurse reacts. She speaks less, and for the most part only cries of sadness and misery. Because we have seen that she only wants Juliet to happy, her reaction makes sense compared with her characteristics. Then, Paris arrives. Once again, it appears as if he doesn’t care as much for Juliet than himself. He was never so close to her, and as a result feels more the loss for himself. He would have gained much power had he succeeded in taking Juliet’s hand, but that hope was now gone. Paris even says how cruel it is that she was ‘overthrown’, which might mean being removed from power. Finally, Capulet reacts. Contrasting with the other characters, I believe that Lord Capulet actually feels the most connection to Juliet. Although he says his happiness is crushed as Lady Capulet’s, he says, “My soul, and not my child!” which I would interpret as asking to take his own soul instead of his daughter. Overall, each character reacts differently because of their characteristics and links to Juliet.

  12. LADY CAPULET
    “Cursed, horrible day
    The worst time we have ever faced
    Over this whole journey
    My poor beautiful child
    Now something to mourn for
    An unfair death took my girl away

    NURSE
    Oh horrible, horrible day
    Most mournful day, most horrible day
    Worse than I have ever endured
    This day, this day, this horrible day
    This is the darkest day I have ever had
    Oh horrible, horrible day

    PARIS
    Betrayed, tricked, wronged
    The most horrible day that has tricked me
    Cruel, Cruel you have overthrown
    Oh love, oh life my love is gone

    CAPULET
    Despair my daughter killed
    The worst time, why’d it have to happen now
    To interrupt our joining of the two in marriage
    Oh my child, my love and my soul
    She is dead Oh my child is dead
    And with my daughter my happiness is dead

    In this part of the play, the nurse finds Juliet looking dead in her bed in the morning. She runs off to tell everyone else what she saw and tells them about her pain and agony. In this part of the play, we see the love that everyone felt for Juliet. Despite the anger that they had towards Juliet at any other point in her life or earlier on in the story (like when she didn’t want to marry Paris) they no longer feel that anger when they see their own child laying there dead. All of their other worries and pain goes away and this new pain and challenge takes over. And it is all that they have to deal with from now until the end of their lives. It is a lot like the prologue in that way, because it talked about how the two houses had all this hatred between the two. Yet, when both of their children died and ruin their futures. That pain of loss overthrows the pain of hatred and ends the feud.

    • I enjoyed reading your blog. I like how you made the valid connection between the pain of losing a child and the end of the feud between the families. Just because this play is a tragedy, that does not mean nothing good can happen at the end.

  13. In Act 4 Scene 5 from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet’s family mourns her supposed death in various ways:

    LADY CAPULET

    Cursed, sad, horrible, undesirable day!
    This is the worst hour I have ever witnessed
    In all the work of his journey
    He had one poor and caring child
    Only one thing to celebrate and enjoy,
    And ruthless death had taken it away!

    NURSE

    Misery! Such a mournful day!
    This is the most unfortunate and sad day,
    That I have ever witnessed.
    What a day! What a day! What a day! Such a painful day!
    There was never such a dark day:
    Mournful day, Oh such a miserable day!

    PARIS

    Deceived, divorced, abused, hated, killed!
    The hated death cheated me through you,
    Pitiless evil death killed you!
    Oh, love! Oh, life! There is no life, my love is dead

    CAPULET

    Loathed, worried, avoided, sacrificed, ended!
    Why did this horrible time happen now
    To ruin our ceremony?
    My child! My child! I still have a soul, but my child doesn’t!
    You are dead! Alas, my child is dead;
    My dreams were destroyed along with my child.

    In these lines, each person conveys why they are sad about Juliet’s death. Lady Capulet is upset because Juliet made herself and her husband very happy and now Juliet is gone. The nurse is extremely sad and can only utter how bad this day has been. Paris rightly feels like he has been cheated from marriage and also is sad that his future wife was killed. Lord Capulet is unhappy that the wedding was interrupted and Juliet’s death interfered with his future plans. Lord Capulet could have gained an heir and a possible alliance with the prince (Paris’s relative). All of these reactions are appropriate to the people they are from. Lady Capulet seems to lack a mind of her own and only cares for what Lord Capulet thinks. That is why she thinks about how Juliet’s death will affect her husband before thinking of anything else. The nurse has loved and nurtured Juliet since Juliet was very young. Her only goal was to see Juliet actually getting married, so of course, she will be hit hardest by this loss. Paris has constantly tried to marry Juliet early; now, he obviously feels angry at this evil trick that will permanently delay his marriage. Lord Capulet had huge plans for the Capulet household. Many of his plans needed the help that Paris and Juliet’s marriage could provide. Now that Juliet is dead, the advanced plan he has been working on for many years has fallen apart. Juliet was very important to her family and by faking her death, she hurt her family beyond repair.

  14. All of the characters that we are to analyze tonight have different reactions to Juliet’s death, but they all feel grief an shock. Lady Capulet says-

    “Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!”
    A cursed, disastrous, wretched, hateful day!
    “Most miserable hour that e’er time saw”
    This is the most miserable hour that time ever saw
    “In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!”
    In everlasting work of journey!
    “But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,”
    But one, one poor and loving child,
    “But one thing to rejoice and solace in,”
    The one thing to celebrate and have comfort in,
    “And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!”
    And cruel death has snatched her from my life!

    The sight of her dead daughter breaks Lady Capulet. Her only daughter, her loving and tender daughter, was taken away from her. In terms of timing with Juliet’s “death,” she drank from the vial just after Lady Capulet followed in Capulet’s lead by leaving Juliet to grow up and just marry Paris. This would be a very hard time for Lady Capulet. Next, the Nurse says-

    “O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!”
    Oh this is a sorrowful, miserable day!
    “Most lamentable day, most woeful day,”
    The most grief today, most miserable day,
    “That ever, ever, I did yet behold!”
    That I have ever, ever, seen!
    “O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!”
    Oh this is a hateful day!
    “Never was seen so black a day as this:”
    I have never seen such a bleak day as today:
    “O woeful day, O woeful day!”
    Oh what a miserable day, oh what a sorrowful day!

    The Nurse repeats herself saying that this is such a melancholy day. I imagine that Juliet’s passing affects the Nurse the most because the Nurse ha been like a mother to Juliet since she was born. Juliet was raised by the Nurse when Lady Capulet had her own duties to accomplish. Also, the Nurse has held onto Juliet’s secret about her romance with Romeo. Now that everyone believes that Juliet is dead, the Nurse is now holding onto a “dead” girl’s secret. That must weigh her down a lot, considering the circus,stance. Juliet’s passing happens before she marries Paris and after she married her true love, Romeo. I predict that the Nurse knows Juliet is dead because of her upcoming marriage with Paris. Then, Paris exclaims-

    “Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!”
    Disappointed, separated, cheated, distressed, murdered!
    “Most detestable death, by thee beguiled,”
    I hate this death, by your disappointed,
    “By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!”
    It is cruel that you were ruined!
    “O love! O life! not life, but love in death!”
    Oh the love of my life! No longer in this life, but we love in death!

    Paris is disappointed to see his bride-to-be dead, as anyone else would be. He says that “their love” is separated by death. He is mainly shocked. He did really want to marry her, but that chance for him is gone, and that is very sad. Finally, Capulet joins-

    “Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!”
    disliked, distressed, hated, dead, murdered!
    “Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now”
    Distressful time, why must it be now
    “To murder, murder our solemnity?”
    To murder, to murder our celebration?
    “O child! O child! my soul, and not my child!”
    Oh Juliet! Oh Juliet! take my soul, and not my child!
    “Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead;”
    She is dead! Oh no! my child has died;
    “And with my child my joys are buried.”
    And when my child is buried, my joy will go with her.

    Capulet is full regret for Juliet’s death. He says that his soul should have been taken instead of Juliet’s. Capulet questions why such a loss had to happen on Juliet’s wedding day. Now that Juliet is dead, all of his joy is dead too. The whole family is woeful for Juliet’s death.

  15. LADY CAPULET
    Curse this sad, terrible and painful day!
    Time has never seen anything more miserable
    In all of its existence
    Just one poor, loving child
    Just one thing to put my love into
    And death has to snatch it away from me!
    This response is appropriate for Lady Capulet because she is Juliet’s mother. She raised Juliet, and yet she did so formally, leaving much of the work up to the nurse. As such, it seems fitting that Lady Capulet should seem to mourn in a formal way. In her response, she shows little, to no repetition and uses formal dialect, just like any mother would at that time. This is not to say she loves Juliet less that the Nurse, but some aspects of the child are lost by her having someone take care of Juliet for her.
    NURSE
    What a terrible, terrible, terrible day!
    This is the most terrible and sad day
    That I have ever seen!
    Why this day! Why this day! Why this day! Why this terrible day!
    No one has ever seen a day as terrible as this:
    Why terrible, terrible day!

    In the Nurses response, we see the continued repetition of powerful verbs to demonstrate the Nurses closer connection to Juliet. He does not bother with refined statements in this situation, she just wails repeatedly how it’s such a terrible day and how she hates the day. This response seems to be adequate because she raised and took care of Juliet for years.

    PARIS
    Cheated, taken from, wronged, destroyed!
    This is a most detestable death by my separated
    And now she is overthrown by Death!
    There is no life in death, but there is love.
    Paris seems to be almost petty about the death of Juliet. He barely knows her, and when she dies, he mourns not her as a person but her as a bride. He is just a distraught that he has no one to marry as he is that Juliet is dead.

    CAPULET
    Hated, Upset, hated and killed!
    What a distressing time, why do you have to come now?
    To ruin, ruin Juliet’s wedding!
    My child, my child! Take me, not my child!
    You are dead! Alas! My child is dead;
    And as Juliet dies, so does my happiness.
    Capulet, in his response, is very noble. Because he is her father and loves her dearly. The only reason that he acts stern to her in the earlier in the story, is that he cares for her. He looks out for her and her being happy is what makes him happy. Capulet also demonstrates traits of nobility, so it seems very appropriate that he would offer his own life in exchange for hers.

  16. Lady Capulet:
    Cursed, miserable, hated day!
    This is the most miserable hour of all time.
    I had one poor, one poor and sympathetic girl.
    She was the one thing to be happy about.
    And now death to her away!
    Nurse:
    Oh misery! Oh sorrowful, sorrowful, most sorrowful day!
    This is the most horrible day, the most miserable day
    That I have ever experienced.
    Oh this day, this day, this day, this terrible day.
    Nothing was ever as dark as this miserable, miserable day!
    Paris:
    You have been beguiled, this marriage is never happening, this dishonesty, this offense, this kill.
    I hate this death, and you have been tricked.
    Mean spirited death has taken you!
    Oh my love, my love, you do not live anymore, but I still love you when you are dead.
    Capulet:
    Despised, Tormented, hated, martyred, and finally killed.
    I am so uncomfortable about why this happens now.
    Why did death come to ruin our wedding.
    My daughter! Beauty and my soul.
    She is dead, my daughter is dead!
    And with her burial, buries all my joy.

    I think all of these reactions were based on their last experience with Juliet. Capulet is upset because Juliet just agreed to marry Paris, and now she is gone! He talks about how he is sad death ruined the wedding, and now he is very sad. I think this was his first though, which is kind of disturbing how it was anger towards death for ruining the wedding. Paris is almost in denial, saying she has been tricked or beguiled. He says he will still love her, but why does he feel she was tricked? Maybe because why would she kill herself when she is about to marry Paris? That is probably what his first reaction was! The nurse just keeps screaming about how horrible this day is, which makes sense with her character. Lady Capulet’s reaction surprised me. She was never really seen interacting with Juliet too much, yet she says she was her only joy. Maybe she regrets not having that strong relationship, because she really did love her so much. All together, these people are very distraught and upset, which is a reaction most would feel. I am interested to find out what happens.

  17. LADY CAPULET

    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
    In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!
    But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
    But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
    And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!
    NURSE

    O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
    Most lamentable day, most woeful day,
    That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
    O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
    Never was seen so black a day as this:
    O woeful day, O woeful day!
    PARIS

    Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
    Most detestable death, by thee beguil’d,
    By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!
    O love! O life! not life, but love in death!
    CAPULET

    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now
    To murder, murder our solemnity?
    O child! O child! my soul, and not my child!
    Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead;
    And with my child my joys are buried.

    PARAPHRASED:
    Acursed unhappy, wretched, and hateful day.
    The most miserable hour I have ever seen
    In the only child I have ever had
    The only thing I could find joy and happiness in
    And the cruel death that has taken her away

    Nurse
    Painful painful painful day
    Very horrible day a painful day
    The worst I have ever endured
    O day O day what a hateful day
    I have never witnissed such a dark day
    What a painful day. what a painful day.

    Paris
    Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
    what a detestable death you have endured
    A bad death that took you
    But I still love you even in death

    Capulet
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    what bad timing this has happened
    Death has also killed our happiness
    My poor child was also my soul
    Now your dead. My child is dead
    And my joys died with her.

    Clearly everyone here has grief since Juliet has died. Even if their grief seemed selfish they clearly weren’t heartless. Lady Capulet’s grief is more of regret. This regret may have sprung off from her forcing Juliet to Marry or maybe since she thinks she didn’t spend enough time with Juliet. She was her mother after all. The nurse was turkey heartbroken in this scene she I’ll tell wanted Juliet to be happy but now she thinks she is dead. The nurse thought of Juliet as a child and losing her was like losing a child. Even Paris showed some grief and also showed that he actually loved Juliet. This could make the Inference that if Romeo never got involved Juliet may have been happy.
    Capulet’s reaction however showed a little selfishness. Of course he loved her but he also wanted this marriage to happen. I wouldn’t say he didn’t care for Juliet however.

  18. LADY CAPULET
    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
    In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!
    But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
    But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
    And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!

    Paraphrased:
    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    This is the worst hour of all time
    In the entirety of its journey!
    My one poor and loving child,
    The one thing I found happiness in,
    Has been taken from me by cruel death!

    Lady Capulet’s reaction is pretty understandable, seeing as she just found her dead daughter, but it is pretty different from how she treated and acted around Juliet when she was alive. She always sided with whatever her husband said, especially when he told Juliet about her marriage to Paris. I’m guessing that she is very guilty, because one of the last things she did with her daughter was shun her and shame her for not wanting to marry Paris.

    NURSE
    O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
    Most lamentable day, most woeful day,
    That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
    O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
    Never was seen so black a day as this:
    O woeful day, O woeful day!

    Paraphrased:
    O woe! Oh sad, sad, sad day!
    Most hateful day, the saddest day,
    That I have ever endured!
    O day! O day! O day! O horrible day!
    There has never been such a dark day like this:
    O sad day, O sad day!

    The Nurse’s words are more emotional, as all she can do is repeat how awful it is. She is probably the closest with Juliet, seeing as she nursed her as a baby and cares for her now. We know that the Nurse’s husband had died at some point, as she said something or other like “God bless his soul,” and yet she describes the day of Juliet’s death as the worst day in existence. This shows just how much she cares for and loves Juliet, and how much she misses her.

    PARIS
    Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
    Most detestable death, by thee beguil’d,
    By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!
    O love! O life! not life, but love in death!

    Paraphrased:
    Cheated, divorced, wronged, spited, killed!
    Most hateful death, that you have been cheated of,
    By cruel, cruel death you were overthrown!
    O love! O life! Life has left her, my love is dead!

    Paris keeps mentioning being cheated and divorced, and that makes me think that he thinks very highly of himself. He says that Juliet is cheated and wronged because she is dead, which means that she will no longer be able to marry him. He seems to be saying that death has cheated her by taking her life, and he may be hinting at how wonderful her life would have been if she was with him. This doesn’t seem to be the right time to advertise for yourself, and I feel like he would be more upset by the death of his fiancee if he really cared for and loved her.

    CAPULET
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now
    To murder, murder our solemnity?
    O child! O child! my soul, and not my child!
    Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead;
    And with my child my joys are buried.

    Paraphrased:
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, killed!
    Uncomfortable time, why have you come now
    To interrupt, interrupt our wedding?
    O child! O child! You were my very soul, and not my child!
    You are dead! Alack! My child is dead;
    And with her my happiness is dead as well;

    Capulet seems to be focusing on the unfortunateness of her dying right before the wedding, and not on her actual death. Throughout the whole play he has been portrayed as cruel and cold towards her, and it seems to be consistent right up to her death. Towards the end of this he does show some tenderness and love for his child, but he would have come off as a lot kinder if he mentioned his love first, and not her marriage.

  19. LADY CAPULET

    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
    In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!
    But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
    But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
    And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!
    NURSE

    O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
    Most lamentable day, most woeful day,
    That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
    O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
    Never was seen so black a day as this:
    O woeful day, O woeful day!
    PARIS

    Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
    Most detestable death, by thee beguil’d,
    By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!
    O love! O life! not life, but love in death!
    CAPULET

    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now
    To murder, murder our solemnity?
    O child! O child! my soul, and not my child!
    Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead;
    And with my child my joys are buried.

    Paraphrased
    LADY CAPULET

    I woeful day!
    Most terrible day!
    That I have ever yet seen!
    O day, O hateful day!
    I have never seen a worse day!
    O woeful day, O woeful day!
    Even though we barely know her, I can’t help but feel bad for Lady Capulet. She thinks that she has just lost her child, and is clearly pained by it. I wonder now, if Juliet will think before she kills herself later, because her parents and the nurse clearly love her very much, and if they find out that she is alive, and then she dies again, it will be even worse.

    PARIS
    Beguiled, divorcèd, wrongèd, spited, slain!
    A terrible death,
    It’s cruel, cruel that you have died!
    O love, O love of my life, gone, but still loved!

    Paris here, seems to love Juliet very much. It seems to me that they must have been together for a decent aamount of tike before Romeo came along. Or possibly Paris just liked the way Juliet looks, just lIke Romeo.

    CAPULET
    Despised, distressèd, hated, martyred, killed!
    Unwanted time, why come now
    To murder, to murder our celebration?
    O Juliet! Why not me, why Juliet
    Dead is she! NO! My child is dead!
    Now with my child, all joy is buried!

    • I believe that Paris was more interested in Juliet’s looks, because it appears that they never have talked from what we’ve seen. Juliet also does not seem to know Paris since she seems so uninterested.

  20. My paraphrasing of lines 59-70 in act lV and scene V

    LADY CAPULET:
    Cursed, disastrous, horrible, hate- filled day!
    Most miserable hour that time has ever saw
    In everlasting work for his sentence
    But one, poor one, a poor and loving child,
    Only one thing to be joyous and have solace in,
    And cruel death snatched it from my life!
    NURSE:
    O sad, O sad, sad, sad day!
    Most regretful day, most sad day,
    That I have ever seen!
    I day as never seen as dark as this!
    O sad day, O sad day!
    PARIS:
    Divorced, cheated, wronged, impaled, killed!
    Most disgusting death, by you cheated
    By cruel, cruel, death you have been overthrown!
    O love, Not life, but love during death!

    CAPULET:
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyred, killed!
    Distressing time,
    Why can’t you now
    Come murder, murder our sadness?
    My child my child, my soul, not my child!
    Dead you are!
    Alas, my child is dead,
    And with my child all my joy is buried.

    There is a drastic change between the way these characters acted in this scene, and the ones before. Now, Lady Capulet and Capulet seem to regret pushing Juliet, but when she was alive it was as if they took her for granted. But, no matter what, her parents still loved her and wanted the best for her, even if she didn’t tell them what really was going on with her life. Her parents have been selfish, but now they lost their only daughter that they cherished so much, and even if they made the wrong choices for her in her “living” life, they still loved her, as you can see, they just didn’t understand Juliet’s refusing to marry Paris. In the end, Juliet was sneaky and managed to pass by her parents, but her plan wasn’t really the best to meet her husband.

  21. Lady Capulet:
    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
    In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!
    But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
    But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
    And cruel death hath catch’d it from my sight!

    Nurse:
    O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
    Most lamentable day, most woeful day,
    That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
    O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
    Never was seen so black a day as this:
    O woeful day, O woeful day!

    Paris:
    Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
    Most detestable death, by thee beguil’d,
    By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!
    O love! O life! not life, but love in death!

    Capulet:
    Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d!
    Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now
    To murder, murder our solemnity?
    O child! O child! my soul, and not my child!
    Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead;
    And with my child my joys are buried.

    Paraphrased:

    Lady Capulet:
    Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
    This is the most miserable hour of all time!
    In his journey
    I had only one child, one poor child, one poor and loving child,
    the one thing I had to rejoice and comfort myself,
    and cruel Death has stolen it from me!

    Nurse:
    O bad, bad, bad day!
    Most awful day, most awful day,
    That ever happened!
    Oh day, oh day, oh day, oh bad day!
    There was never a day that was this bad:
    Oh bad day, oh bad day!

    Paris:
    Tricked, divorced, wronged, spited, killed!
    Most unwanted death, which you have been tricked by,
    By cruel cruel thee quite overthrown!
    O love! O life! not life, but love in death!

    Capulet:
    Hated, Upset, hated and killed!
    What a distressing time, why do you have to come now?
    To ruin, ruin Juliet’s wedding!
    My child, my child! Take me, not my child!
    You are dead! Alas! My child is dead;
    And as Juliet dies, so does my happiness.

    The Nurse and Lady Capulet both have a similar reaction to Juliet’s death. Both have raised her from when she was a child, and both are saying it was awful taking Juliet away. Nurse: “O bad, bad, bad day! Most awful day, most awful day!” Lady Capulet: “Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day! This is the most miserable hour of all time!”
    These lines both show that they are grieving over Juliet without thinking about the wedding that was planned for her

    Capulet and Paris, however, are mourning the wedding more so than her death. Instead of being upset that Juliet is dead and that means they will never see her again, they look at us as an unsolvable problems in getting her married. Capulet: “Hated, upset, hated and killed! What a distressing time, why do you have to come now? To ruin, ruin Juliet’s wedding!” Paris: “Most unwanted death, which you have been tricked by…O love! O life! Not life, but love in death!” The suggestion I am making is that Juliet means more to Lady Capulet and the Nurse than she does to Paris and Capulet. Both of the woman have spent their lives raising her to be a proper woman. However, Capulet has been waiting for her to be fully raised so that he can give her a husband to marry, that husband being Paris. It would explain Paris’ anger as well, showing that he too is upset he will not be married.

  22. Cursed, sad, terrible, hateful day!
    The most miserable hour time has ever seen!
    In his lasting labor through his journey.
    But one poor and loving child,
    But this one thing to be happy for and celebrate,
    And mean death has grabbed her from me!
    [Nurse]
    Oh sad, sad, dad day!
    Most hateful and sorrowful day that I have yet ever seen!
    O day o day o day! Oh hateful day!
    Never has been so black a day as this!
    O sorrowful, sorrowful day!
    [Paris]
    deceived, separated, wronged, hurt, killed.
    Most hateful death, by your deceiving
    By cruelty you’ve been overthrown
    Oh love, oh life. Not life, but love in death!
    [Capulet]
    despised, hated, distressed, sacrificed, killed!
    Uncomfortable time, why come now?
    To murder our peace!
    Oh child oh child, my soul but not my child!
    You are dead! Oh! My cuz is dead!
    And with my child my happiness is buried!

  23. Lady Capulet:
    Accursed, wretched, poor and hateful day! This is the worst hour of all. I only had one child to love and rejoice in but then cruel death took it away from my hands.
    Throughout this whole book, we see that Juliet doesn’t really confide in her mother. But the nurse. However, we see here that Lady Capulet did really love her child and only wanted the best for her like every parent.
    Nurse:
    Oh pain, pain, painful day! The saddest day that I have ever lived! Oh hateful day! There was never such a black day in my life like this! Oh woeful day!
    The Nurse was probably the only person who stood by Juliet’s side the entire play. We really picture the Nurse’s agony by Juliet’s death.
    Paris:
    She was tricked, divorced, wronged, spited, killed! Death is the worst thing! Oh love! There is no life because my love is dead.
    We haven’t really seen Paris most of the play, but we see here that he really did care about Juliet and like her mother, only cared about her and loved her.
    Capulet:
    Despised, Tormented, hated, martyred, and killed. Why did Death ruin such a wonderful time in her life, marriage? Oh no! My child is dead. My child is going to be buried and so will my happiness.
    Capulet loved his daughter and he will carry the burden of his daughter’s death until he too passes away.

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