March 25

Come, vial

Tonight, please read Act IV, scenes i, ii, and iii .  Then, please paraphrase and analyze the “Come, Vial” speech.  After your paraphase, analyze how Juliet has changed over the course of the play so far.

Come, vial.
What if this mixture do not work at all?
Shall I be married then to-morrow morning?
No, no: this shall forbid it: lie thou there.
[Laying down her dagger]
What if it be a poison, which the friar
Subtly hath minister’d to have me dead,
Lest in this marriage he should be dishonour’d,
Because he married me before to Romeo?
I fear it is: and yet, methinks, it should not,
For he hath still been tried a holy man.
How if, when I am laid into the tomb,
I wake before the time that Romeo
Come to redeem me? there’s a fearful point!
Shall I not, then, be stifled in the vault,
To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in,
And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?
Or, if I live, is it not very like,
The horrible conceit of death and night,
Together with the terror of the place,—
As in a vault, an ancient receptacle,
Where, for these many hundred years, the bones
Of all my buried ancestors are packed:
Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth,
Lies festering in his shroud; where, as they say,
At some hours in the night spirits resort;—
Alack, alack, is it not like that I,
So early waking, what with loathsome smells,
And shrieks like mandrakes’ torn out of the earth,
That living mortals, hearing them, run mad:
O, if I wake, shall I not be distraught,
Environed with all these hideous fears?
And madly play with my forefather’s joints?
And pluck the mangled Tybalt from his shroud?
And, in this rage, with some great kinsman’s bone,
As with a club, dash out my desperate brains?
O, look! methinks I see my cousin’s ghost
Seeking out Romeo, that did spit his body
Upon a rapier’s point: stay, Tybalt, stay!
Romeo, I come! this do I drink to thee.

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Posted March 25, 2019 by equinson in category Romeo and Juliet

23 thoughts on “Come, vial

  1. Sunna

    Here, vial.
    What if this drink doesn’t even work?
    Will I get married tomorrow morning?
    No, no; this will stop it: lie this there
    [putting down her dagger]
    What if it is poisonous, which the friar gave me
    To sneakily kill me
    So he is not embarrassed by this marriage
    Because he already married me to Romeo?
    I’m scared it is: but, I think that it is not,
    For he is an honorable saintly man
    What if, when I am in the tomb,
    I wake up before Romeo
    Comes to be with me? That is scary!
    I should not go in the vault
    To whose disgusting mouth enters bad air,
    And there I will die before Romeo comes?
    Or, if I somehow live,
    The horrible death
    With the scary place,-
    Like it is in the vault
    Where, for a long time, the bones
    Of my dead family are:
    Where bloody Tybalt, which stains the green earth,
    Lies rotting, where they say,
    In the night spirits become;-
    No, no, do I not,
    Wake up so early, with disgusting smells,
    And cries like mandrakes’ ripped out of the earth,
    That humans, hearing them, going crazy:
    Oh, if I wake up, would I not be upset
    Filled with all of these terrifying fears?
    And play with my ancestor’s bones?
    And take the bloody Tybalt from where he lies?
    And, in this anger, with someone’s bone,
    As I would with a bat, club myself over the head?
    Oh, look! I think I see my cousin’s ghost
    Looking for Romeo, that did spit on him
    On a sword’s point: stay there, Tybalt, stay there!
    Romeo, I will come! I will drink to you.

    Through this speech, Juliet’s feelings are constantly changing. At first, she is doubtful of the plan to fake her death. She says, “What if this drink doesn’t even work?
    Will I get married tomorrow morning?” There is clear fear within her, as she would never want to marry Paris, since she loves Romeo more than anyone or anything in the world. However, she soon assures herself that the plan will work. But, out of fear, she starts to think about the possibility that the Friar could be tricking her, in a plan to poison her. Juliet thinks that he may be ashamed of marrying Juliet to two people, and wants to make sure that no such thing happens. This feeling soon fades, too, when she remembers what a kind man the Friar is. As she ponders more, she begins to think about the possibility of Romeo not being there when she awakens. This leads her to think more about what a horrible and disgusting place the tomb is. She thinks of the most gruesome things that she could do, before remembering about why she is doing this in the first place-Romeo. And with that, she drinks the mixture.

    Not only does this speech show how much Juliet would give up for Romeo, but it also shows how much character development she went through. In the beginning on this play, Juliet was disgusted by marriage, and seemed more child-like. However, at this point of the play, she is very bold, even cunning, and extremely courageous. Juliet is willing to betray her family and leave the only life that she has ever known behind, all for Romeo. She is blossoming into a young woman, and forgetting her old, seemingly younger self. This all happened fairly quickly, which makes it all the more surprising as to how drastically Juliet has changed.

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  2. Maddie

    Come here vial.
    What if this drink do not work at all?
    Will I get married tomorrow morning?
    No: this won’t allow it: lay there.
    [Putting down her dagger]
    What if it is poison, that the friar
    Secretly has made to kill me,
    In case I marry Paris, he will get in trouble,
    Because he married me to Romeo?
    I’m scared that it is: but also, I think, it should not be,
    For he is still a holy man.
    What if, when I am put into the tomb,
    I wake up before Romeo
    Comes to save me? that’s a scary thought!
    Should I not, be put in the vault,
    To whose dead mouth no longer breathes,
    And then die by suffocating before Romeo comes?
    Or, if I live, is it unlikely,
    The horrible terror of death and night,
    Together with the terror of the shroud,—
    As in an ancient vault,
    Where, for hundreds of years, the bones
    Of all my buried ancestors are put:
    Where bloody Tybalt, dead and deteriorating,
    Lies rotting in his shroud; where, they say,
    At some time in the night ghosts stay,
    Never mind, Impossible, is it not like that,
    Waking up too early, and disgusting smells,
    And screams that sound like mandrakes’ being torn out of the ground,
    That living people, hearing them, go crazy:
    O, if I wake up, will I be confused,
    Overtaken with all these horrible fears?
    And crazily play with my ancestors joints?
    And pull my decaying cousin Tybalt out of the shroud?
    And, in my anger, with an old relative’s bone,
    Like it is a club, smash out my hopeless brains?
    O, look! I think I see my cousin’s ghost
    Looking for Romeo, who killed him
    On a sword’s point: no, Tybalt, go away!
    Romeo, I’m coming! I drink this for you.

    In this speech, Juliet goes through all of the things that could go wrong with Friar Lawrence’s plan. When she begins the speech, she is feeling positive that it will not go right, and something will go wrong. She changes throughout the speech a lot because she feels doubt in the beginning, but by the end of the speech, she is confident and willing to drink the vile because she knows that if it works, she will be able to be with Romeo again, which is all that she really wants. Not only in this speech, but throughout the entire book, Juliet has been a dynamic character, always changing and evolving.

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  3. johnh1

    Come here, vial
    What if this mixture doesn’t work at all?
    Will I be married tomorrow morning?
    No, this knife will keep that from happening
    What if it is poison
    that the friar made to kill me
    because in this marriage he would be dishonored
    because i was married to romeo before
    I fear that it is but I think it isn’t
    because he is still a holy man
    What if I am laid in the tomb
    but wake up before romeo
    comes to get me? That’s a scary idea
    Would I suffocate in the crypt
    that no good air goes into
    and die there before romeo comes?
    Or if I live will I be
    In a state of dark?
    Also, with the terror of the place
    like a vault, an ancient place
    where my ancestors bones are kept
    and where tybalt, new in the ground
    lies rotting away in his shroud, where
    they say at night spirits rise
    O, do I not
    wake like them with awful smells
    and shrieks like plants ripped from the ground
    that when mortals hear they go crazy
    O, if I wake will i be terrified,
    Thinking about all these fears?
    And take one of my ancestors joints
    and take Tybalt from his resting place
    and in an anger, take one of my ancestors bones
    and use it like a club to smash my brains out
    Oh look! I see my cousin’s ghost
    finding romeo who stabbed him
    on a rapier’s point, Stop Tybalt
    Romeo, I am coming! I drink this for you!

    Juliet has changed a lot in the play. At the beginning she was quite easy to control. When asked about marrying Paris at the beginning she said that she would marry him but not love him more than she was told. She then met Romeo and started to change. She became less susceptible to being told what to do. She is now at a point where she is openly disobeying her parents. She pretends to be dead just to be with Romeo. She is slowly becoming more adult. She decides for herself to marry Romeo, she doesn’t obey her family, and she overcomes her fears of the mixture. All because she loved Romeo. She is starting to grow up.

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  4. Laila

    Come here, vial.
    What if this poison doesn’t work at all?
    Will I still be married to Paris tomorrow?
    No, no; this vial will stop it: put it here
    [Laying down her dagger]
    What if the friar gave me this poison
    just so he could kill me
    avoiding any shame from this marriage
    because he married me to Romeo first
    that does scare me, but I do no think it true
    for he is still a holy man
    And when I am laid down to rest
    will I wake before
    Romeo can save me. That’s frightening!
    I shall not go to the vault
    where there is no air to breath
    Will I die there before I see Romeo?
    Although it is unlikely, if I live
    the horrible feeling of darkness
    in this terrifying place,
    this vault.
    Where for hundreds of years
    the bodies of my ancestors remain
    Where a bleeding Tybalt, buried in the earth,
    stays rotting
    In the night, the spirits lurk
    Oh no, no.
    Waking up so early with those horrible scents
    And shrieks from the bottom of the earth
    driving the humans crazy
    If I wake, I will not complain
    Filled with all of these fears?
    Playing with the bones of my past?
    Taking Tybalt from his tomb?
    And with the bone of a kinsmen,
    smash my brains out?
    I think I see Tybalt’s ghost!
    Seeking Romeo, that spit upon him
    On the tip of a sword: stay there, Tybalt!
    Romeo, I’m coming! I drink this for you.

    At the start of the play, Juliet was scared and timid. We see this when we are first introduced to her. She is talking to her mother and the nurse about Paris. She seems to want to please her mother, she doesn’t care what she wants. Now, we see Juliet risking a lot just to be with Romeo. Her plan is sneaky, but clever. In this speech, Juliet lists all of the fears she has about going through with this plan, but she still drinks the poison. She is facing her fears. She is more willing to chase after what she wants now, instead of being pushed around.

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    1. Emma Garbowitz

      I agree that Juliet became a risk taker and she is doing everything in her power to be with Romeo and do everything she can to help herself live her life how she wants.

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  5. Mylesn

    Come, vial.
    What if this potion does not work?
    Then will I be marries tomorrow?
    No, this will stop that: lie this there.
    What if it is a poison, which the Friar
    Would want to have me silently killed,
    because this marriage would have him dishonored
    Because he has married me to Romeo already?
    I fear it is, but I think it is not
    For he is a Holy man
    But what if, when I am laid into the tomb,
    I wake before Romeo
    has come for me? That is a scary thought!
    That I should be trapped in such a vault
    Whose air is foul and disgusting
    What if I die before Romeo has come?
    Or if I live in this horrible place
    The horrible thought of death and night,
    Together with this place of terror
    As in a vault, an ancient receiver,
    Where the bones, for hundreds of years,
    Of all my buried ancestors lie
    Where bloody Tybalt, still freshly dead
    Lies rotting in his cover; where, as they say,
    Sometimes the spirits become-
    No it will not happen
    Waking up early, to awful smells,
    And shrieks like mandrakes’ torn out of the earth,
    That humans go crazy after hearing it
    If I wake up, will i not go crazy?
    Surrounded with all these fears
    And crazily play with my relative’s bones
    And take the mangled Tybalt from his cover?
    And, in this anger, with some great relative’s bone,
    As if with a club, smash out my desperate brains?
    Look! I think I see my cousin’s ghost
    Seeking out Romeo, that did harm his body
    On a rapier’s point: Do not go Tybalt!
    Romeo, I come! For that I drink to thee.

    In the beginning when Juliet’s mom told her she is to marry Paris, she was willing to and did not make a big deal out of it. This was only 2-3 days ago. Now she is willing to fake t=death and run away just to avoid marrying Paris. Before she met and fell for Romeo she would have gone along with her father’s wishes and married Paris. She also realizes the risks she is taking just to be with Romeo. She says that there is a very unlikely chance she could die. She also realizes she will see Tybalt’s dead body inside the crypt. She thinks of all the thins that could go wrong only if she takes this vial. Within a course of 2-3 days she has openly defied her parents and is willing to give up almost everything just for Romeo.

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  6. Emma Garbowitz

    Paraphrasing of Juliet’s “Come Vial” speech-
    Come, vial.
    What if this concoction doesn’t even work?
    Will I have to get married tomorrow morning?
    No,no this won’t allow that to happen: lie you there
    [Laying down her dagger]
    What if this is poison, that the Friar
    secretly wanted me to have and be dead,
    If he prevented this marriage he should be dishonored,
    because he married me with Romeo?
    I fear it’s true, and yet I think it isn’t,
    for he is a holy man.
    What if, when I am laid in the tomb,
    I wake up before Romeo
    comes to save me? There’s a fearful point!
    Will I not then be able to breathe in the vault,
    To a dirty mouth in which unhealthy air is breathed in,
    And die there strangled when my Romeo comes?
    Or, if I live, it is likely
    the horrible thought of death and night
    Along with the fright of this place,—
    As in a vault, an ancient space
    Where, for hundreds of years, the bones
    Of all my buried ancestors are kept:
    Where bloody Tybalt freshly entered the vault,
    Lies are all around the cloth in which he was buried in, where as they say,
    At some time during the night spirits go to action;
    Alack, alack, it is not likely that I
    Alack, alack, is it not like that I,
    will wake up early, with such disgusting smells
    and screams like a Mediterranean plant being ripped out of the earth,
    That people, hearing them, go crazy:
    Oh, if I wake up I will not be agitated,
    surrounded with all these terrible fears?
    And crazily play with my ancestor’s joints?
    And take the mutilated Tybalt from his cloth?
    And, in this crazy outburst, with some relative’s bone,
    I will smash out my brains using the bone as a club?
    Oh, look! I think I see my cousin’s ghost
    Looking for Romeo that did mutilate his body
    upon a short pointed sword’s tip: Stay, Tybalt, stay with the dead!
    Rome, I am coming! I drink this for you.

    Juliet has changed drastically throughout the entire play. In the beginning, Juliet seems as though she is a sweet and innocent girl when we first meet her. She was talking with her mother, Lady Capulet and the Nurse about marriage. When the idea of marriage was brought up Juliet didn’t really think much of it, but she kept an open mind. From the beginning you can clearly see how mature Juliet is based on her manners, yet she still seems innocent and child-like. Then, as we see Juliet talking with Romeo at the party she seems loyal and kind and wants nothing to do with trouble. However, on the night they meet on the balcony she seems as though she is head over heels for Romeo and nothing could compare to the love she feels for him. Eventually Juliet dives deeper and deeper into her love with Romeo and risks everything for him and their love together. She begins making some hasty decisions without thinking such as getting married to Romeo and sneaking in and out of places just to be with him. But overall as a person, Juliet transformed from a girl into a young lady.
    I think Juliet became a young woman after she met Romeo but she still has some child-like attributes. After meeting Romeo her whole world opened up and she learned so many new things, included the feeling of love. However, meeting Romeo also opened up many problems. Juliet is dealing with many difficult issues which also made her more mature as a character. She had to problem solve and think of possible solutions to deal with her issue. Yet in other cases, Juliet has made some poor decisions after meeting Romeo. For example, she made the choice to drink a potion that makes her look and act as if she were dead. So many things can go wrong with this plan that makes it so risky and a possible bad decision. For instance, Romeo may never get Friar Lawrence’s letters or Juliet may never actually wake up and become dead for real. She did this all for love and that’s basically all Juliet is thinking about now. The text states,
    “Upon a rapier’s point: stay, Tybalt, stay!
    Romeo, I come! this do I drink to thee.”
    This shows how Juliet does this all for Romeo. Therefore, all characters have their flaws even If they do mature and Juliet has one that may be the reason for her death; her love and devotion to Romeo.

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  7. Kate Ma.

    Come,vial
    What if this mixture is not effective at all?
    Will I be married tomorrow morning?
    No, no, this shall stop it. Stay here.
    What if it is poison that the Friar
    Slyly gave to kill me,
    For in our marriage he would be dishonored
    I’m afraid. And yet I don’t think so,
    Because he is a holy man.
    What if, when I am placed in the tomb,
    I wake up before Romeo
    Comes to get me? That’s a scary idea.
    Will I not then be put in a vault,
    Where disgusting mouths breath unhealthy air,
    And die there of suffocation waiting for Romeo?
    Or, if I survive, it is not like
    The horrible image of death and night,
    Added with the terror of the place-
    As in a vault, an old container
    Where for hundreds of years the remains
    Of my buried ancestors are full of;
    Where bloody Tybalt, recently placed there,
    Lies rotting in his shroud; where, as people say,
    At some time during the night spirits come out-
    No, no, I will not be like that,
    I will wake early, with those horrible smells,
    And screams like mandrakes ripped from the ground,
    That humans, hearing them, fo mad-
    Oh, if I wake up won’t I be upset,
    Surrounded with all these terrible horrors,
    And madly play with my ancestors joint,
    And pull the disfigured Tybalt out of his shroud,
    And, in this madness, with some great relative’s bone,
    Like a club, dash out my desperate brains?
    Oh look, I think I see my cousin’s ghost
    Seeking Romeo that killed him
    On a sword’s point! Stay, Tybalt, stay!
    Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! I drink. I drink to You.

    Juliet has changed dramatically over the course of this play. In the beginning we see Juliet as a normal thirteen year old girl, obeying her parents, not thinking of love. For instance Juliet states, “i’ll look to like, if looking liking move: but no more deep will I endart mine eye, than your consent gives strength to make it fly.” Juliet says that she will not look to fall in love with Paris unless her parents really want her to. This shows how she is still very obedient. Now, almost three days later she is very different. She is madly in love with Romeo and would do anything for him. For example when she sided with Romeo when he killed Tybalt. That showed how she was gradually changing her alliance. Instead of siding with her own family she stuck with Romeo. Now, towards the end of this play we see that she has completely betrayed her own family to side with Romeo. Juliet goes through great lengths such as faking her death to be with Romeo. For instance, Juliet says, “Romeo, I come! this do I drink to thee.” Here Juliet says how she’s doing all of this for Romeo, she has so many worries, but it’s all for Romeo. This also shows how smart she is. Juliet could pull off betraying her whole family with them barely even realizing. Juliet’s relationships have changed greatly over the course of the book. She’s seemed to have betrayed her family, just to be with Romeo.

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  8. maxwellw

    Alright, here’s the vial.
    What if this mixture doesn’t work at all?
    Will I be married tomorrow morning?
    No, no, this knife will stop it. Lie down right there.
    What if the Friar mixed the potion to kill me?
    Is he worried that he will be disgraced if I marry Paris after he married me to Romeo?
    I’m afraid that it’s poison. And yet, it shouldn’t be poison because he is a trustworthy holy man.
    What if, when I am put in the tomb, I wake up before Romeo comes to save me? That’s a frightening idea.
    Won’t I suffocate in the tomb? There’s no healthy air to breathe in there. Will I die of suffocation before Romeo comes?
    Or if I live, I’ll be surrounded by death and darkness. It will be terrible. There will be bones hundreds of years old in that tomb, my ancestors’ bones.
    Tybalt’s body will be in there, freshly entombed, and his corpse will be rotting.
    They say that during the night the spirits are in tombs. Oh no, oh no. I’ll wake up and smell awful odors.I’ll hear screams that would drive people crazy.
    If I wake up too early, won’t I go insane with all these horrible, frightening things around me, start playing with my ancestors’ bones, and pull Tybalt’s corpse out of his death shroud?
    Will I grab one of my dead ancestor’s bones and bash in my own skull? Oh, look! I think I see my cousin Tybalt’s ghost. He’s looking for Romeo because Romeo killed him with his sword. Wait, Tybalt, wait! Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s a drink. I drink to you.

    This soliloquy of Juliet comes as she is just about to take the potion that Friar Lawrence has given her and supposedly fall asleep to be revived by her beloved Romeo and successfully trick everyone into believing that she is dead and therefore escape marriage with Paris. In this speech, Juliet and her strength of character are admirable. She comes up with a number of reasons why she should not take the potion, suspecting Friar Lawrence of giving her poison to avoid blame for marrying Romeo and Juliet or if the potion doesn’t work well and she wakes up early in the tomb before Romeo gets there and is driven mad by fear. However, drinking the potion represents Juliet taking her life into her own hands. She is fully aware of the dangers, yet she chooses to drink the potion anyway, attempting to beat the forces that are so strongly opposed against her union with Romeo.

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  9. josepha4

    Come vial,
    What if this drink doesn’t work?
    Will I be married tomorrow?
    No,no this won’t allow that to happen.
    What if this mixture will really kill me?
    This marriage would be dishonorable to him
    because he married Romeo and I.
    I’m afraid it is. But I think it isn’t.
    He is still and honorable and holy man.
    What if I awaken before Romeo comes for me? That’s scary!
    I shouldn’t go into the tomb.
    Or if I die in the tomb what a horrible death.
    The bones of my long dead family are there.
    Where bloody Tybalt stains the Earth.
    Sometimes ghosts are there.
    No, that isn’t true
    Waking up early to terrible smells
    and shrieks from the Earth.
    But if I awaken would I be scared?
    Would I play with my ancestors bones.
    Pluck Tybalt from where he is?
    And smash my brains out with a bone?
    Look I think I saw my cousins ghost.
    Looking for Romeo who killed him.
    On a swords point stay away Tybalt.
    Romeo, I’m coming and I drink to you!

    It’s quite obvious that Juliet has undergone significant change throughout the course of the play. At the beginning Juliet was quite obedient and timid. Her main goal was to please her mother and make her father proud. In the case of love, Juliet was talking to her mother about Paris and without considering her own feelings she said that she had no intention of falling in love or marrying but would do her best to be interested in him. However, after she meets Romeo at the party and he steals her heart and she cannot think of loving anyone other than Romeo. This is the climax of her changing demeanor because she is directly going against her mother’s wishes and falling for someone other than Paris. Juliet then only changes more from there when she sneaks around with Romeo and secretly marries him which is a huge secret to keep. It seems that Juliet cares more about Romeo than her entire family at this point, first she blames Tybalt her own cousin over a boy she met a day ago and now she lies to her entire family.

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  10. Brishti

    Come here, vial.
    What if this potion doesn’t work at all?
    Will I be married tomorrow morning?
    No, no: this vial will stop it: I’ll put it down.
    [Laying down her dagger]
    What if it’s a poison that the Friar
    sneakily poisoned to kill me,
    so not to be shameful of this marriage,
    Because he married be and Romeo together before?
    I’m scared it is: but, I think, it isn’t,
    because he is a holy man.
    What if, when I’m put into the tomb,
    I wake up before Romeo
    Comes to see me? that’s scary!
    Won’t I, then, be trapped in the tomb,
    where there is no air to breathe,
    And die before Romeo comes?
    Or, even if I do live, it is not very likely,
    Or, with the favorable idea of death,
    Along with the scariness of this place,—
    This vault, an ancient container,
    Where, for hundreds of years, the bones
    Of all my dead ancestors are put:
    Where Tybalt, newly buried in the earth,
    Lies rotting; where, like they say,
    Late at night the spirits rise;—
    No, isn’t it like how I,
    Waking up so early, to disgusting smells,
    And cries like mandrakes’ ripped out of the earth,
    That humans, hearing them, go insane:
    Oh, if I wake up, won’t I be upset,
    Filled thinking about all these fears?
    And playing with the bones of my ancestors?
    And take the dead Tybalt out of his tomb?
    And, in a fit of anger, with the bones of one of my relatives,
    Like with a club, smash my brains out?
    Oh, look! I think I see my cousin’s ghost
    Looking for Romeo, killed his body
    With a sword: stay there, Tybalt!
    Romeo, I am coming! I am drinking this for you.

    Over the course of the play, Juliet has changed a lot. At the beginning of the play when she first meets Romeo, she is witty, while also being blinded by love into submission. Here, she is more independant and brave, and someone who takes initiative rather than waiting for everything to settle itself out. However, making a bold choice and making a smart choice are two very different things. She goes over several of the possibilities out loud and many of them are brutal consequences. Yet, she fails to acknowledge the more logical possibilities. Instead, she outlines several possibilities fueled by her own agitation, like the one where she thinks about smashing her brains out with one of her relative’s bones. So while we see her thinking more boldly, we do not see her thinking more smartly.

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  11. stephaniec

    Come, vial.
    What if this does not work?
    Will I have to get married tomorrow morning?
    No, no: this shall stop it: you stay there.
    [Laying down her dagger]
    What if it is poison, which the Friar
    Has used to kill me,
    For this marriage would dishonor his name,
    Because he married me to Romeo before?
    I fear it is: but I will remain hopeful,
    For he is still holy man.
    What if? As I am laid in the tomb,
    I awaken before Romeo
    Comes to save me? that would be scary!
    Therefore, I will not go into the vault,
    Where breathing ceases to exist,
    And where my death will occur before Romeo comes?
    Or, even if I live, is it not likely,
    The horrible thought of death and night,
    And the horrors of that place,
    As in a vault, an ancient receptacle,
    Where, for hundreds of years, the bones
    Of all my ancestors are buried:
    Where bloody Tybalt, fresh in the earth,
    Lies rotting in the ground; where, as they say
    At some hours in the night spirits say;
    Oh, no, it is not,
    So early waking, and gross smells,
    And shrieks like mandrakes’ being torn out of the earth.
    Living mortals, hearing it, and going crazy:
    O, if I wake, shall I not be upset,
    With being surrounded by all these fears?
    And play with my forefathers joints?
    And pluck Tybalt from his shroud?
    And, in this anger, with kinsman’s bones,
    And with a club, smash my brain’s out?
    O, look! There is my cousin’s ghost
    Looking for Romeo, that harmed his body
    On a rapier’s poibg: Tybalt, stay!
    Romeo, I drink this in honor of you.

    Juliet is continuing to develop into a dynamic character. At the start of the play, she was obedient, timid, and dependent on her parents. However, as we can now tell from this speech, she is choosing to disobey her parents by going behind their back, and choosing to take a potion to put herself to sleep all on her own. Even after considering all the major consequences, she still decides to go through with it for love and her own happiness. In contrary, to the beginning of the novel when she was willing to love anyone her parents wanted her too.

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  12. jane

    Come here, vial.
    What if this doesn’t work?
    Will I have to get married tomorrow morning ?
    No, no, this will refuse it. Stay there.
    What if the Friar gave me poison and wants me dead,
    Him marrying me was embarrassing because he married me to Romeo?
    I’m afraid of that but it isn’t true, he is a holy man.
    What if when I’m put in the tomb,I wake up and Romeo isn’t thereto save me?
    That’s scary.
    I will be suffocated in the vault, no air is in there, and I die before Romeo comes?
    Or if I happen to live, the horrible pair that’s nighttime and death, on top of the frightful tomb-
    An old space where many old bones of my ancestors are;
    Tybalt’s bloody corpse lies rotting in its clothes;
    where at some time at night ghosts appear
    Oh my, I will wake up to putrid smells and hear screams, and scare others-
    If I wake up I’ll be upset,To see all of these frightening things,
    And play with the joints of my ancestors, and take Tybalt from his clothes,
    And while I’m mad take a bone, and hit my head with it?
    Oh, I think I see my cousin’s ghost trying to find Romeo, the one that killed him with a sword! Stay Tybalt!
    Romeo, I drink this drink to you.

    Juliet is contemplating all of the possible scenarios that might happen if anything in the plan doesn’t work. Friar Lawrence gave her a drink and told her to take it at night. This would make her fall asleep for 42 hours, so everyone would think she was dead, place her in her family’s tomb, and then when she wakes up, would be saved by Romeo. But the plan is very risky, and Juliet thinks of everything that could go wrong, such as Juliet getting stuck in the tomb and end up dying next to her deceased family. But, despite her nerves, Juliet courageously drinks from the vial and falls asleep on her bed, taking the drink in Romeo’s name. This shows that Juliet is willing to chance the rest of her life for Romeo, ignoring the fact that after her death is faked, she will never get to see anyone else she loves ever again. Over the course of the play, Romeo has been seen as the rash, dramatic character, willing to make bold moves without having to think twice. But this scene contradicts that idea, since Juliet just drinks the vial and doesn’t take much time to think about it at all. Juliet feels so controlled and unheard b her family, that she is inclined to rebel in such a severe way. Maybe a feeling of regret comes to haunt her later, which tempts he to take her own life.

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  13. Hannah Pitkofsky

    Juliet:
    Come, vial
    What if the potion doesn’t work after all?
    Will I still have to get married tomorrow morning?
    No, no, this shall guarantee it, I shall put it here
    [Putting down her dagger]
    What if this is a poison, that the friar is using to kill me?
    That would be a subtle way to kill me,
    Yet then he would not be honored,
    Because he married me first to Romeo instead of to Paris?
    I am scared that it might happen, but I don’t think so,
    Because he is considered a holy man.
    What if, as I lay there in my tomb,
    I wake up before Romeo finds me?
    That scares me!
    Would I then be stuck inside the vault,
    In a spot where no alive person has gone before
    And die there before Romeo comes to find me?
    Or, if I do live, which is highly unlikely,
    The horrible realization of death and darkness
    Mixed together with the terror this place gives me
    As a chamber for the dead
    Where, for hundreds of years, my past relatives laid, their bones getting older by the day.
    Where Tybalt is, still in the grass and the dirt
    Lies moving around in his tomb
    Sometimes during the night, their spirits will leave their chambers
    Oh dear, oh dear, I don’t believe that I,
    Wake up early and smell the stench that leaves their bodies,
    Or their screams that cry through the sky
    That those alive, hear them and go crazy
    Or, if I do wake up, I shall not be upset
    Having visions of my loved ones who have died
    And play around with the bones of my ancestors
    And while I am angry, shall I grab one of their bones
    And use it as a club to knock out my own brains
    Oh, look! I think I see Tybalt’s ghost
    And is seeking out Romeo, who slain his body
    Upon a dagger’s point, I command you, do not kill my husband!
    Romeo, I now shall drink this for you.

    Throughout the “come vial” speech Juliet gives at the end of Act IV, scene iii, Juliet comments on the belief of death and what might happen to her if the potion the Friar gave her would not work and she would either wake up too early, die completely, or not “die” at all, forcing her to use her dagger to kill herself without ever waking up. She considers all the possible negative outcomes of her situation but at the end finally decides to drink the potion for Romeo and to maintain the love she has for her husband and not be forced to give it away to another man.

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  14. Mikayla Friedman

    Come here, vial.
    What if this potion doesn’t work?
    If it doesn’t work, will I be married tomorrow morning?
    No, no, this shall stop my marriage. Lie there.
    What if it a poison that the Friar
    Craftily gave me to make me dead,
    Because he feels shameful
    that he already married Romeo and I?
    I worry it is poison. But I also think its should not be,
    For the Friar is a holy man.
    What if, when I am in my tomb,
    I wake before Romeo
    Comes to free me? That is a scary idea.
    I would be suffocated in my own tomb,
    A foul mouth cannot breathe in fresh air,
    So I would die before Romeo comes?
    Even if I live,
    I will be surrounded by death and nighttime forever,
    and with the terror of the tomb, which is an ancient vault
    For many hundreds of years the bones
    Of all my dead ancestors are there;
    Bloody Tybalt, who has just been buried
    Is decomposing in this tomb, where, as they say,
    Late at night ghosts resort to-
    No, no, it is not like me to
    Wake up and smell horrible scents,
    And hear screams that occur when mandrakes are torn out of the ground,
    Humans, hearing the screams, would become mad-
    If I wake up, I will be tormented,
    With my fears of all the hideous things around me,
    I will play with the bones of my ancestors,
    And I will pull Tybalt’s dead body out of his resting place,
    And in my rage, with a bone of one of my family members,
    I will use the bone like a club and I will smash out my brains?
    Look, I think I see Tybalt’s ghost
    Looking for Romeo because Romeo killed him with his sword! Wait, Tybalt, wait!
    Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s a drink. I drink to you.

    Juliet changed over the course of the play. One of the things that showed this change is how she treats and obeys her parents. At the beginning of the play, when her parents propose the idea of marriage, she tells them she will do it if it will make them happy. But in Act III, she refuses to do as her father says and marry Paris. This is because she loves Romeo, which leads me to believe that Romeo changed Juliet. If they never met she would still be the innocent girl she once was. It is not just Romeo that changed Juliet, but the love she has for him. However, we must also take into consideration the fact that Juliet is still a young teenager! Therefore, this change can be seen as for better or for worse. A young girl should not risk everything she has with her family just for some boy she met, but she should also not be forced to marry. Therefore, Juliet’s transformation from a young and carefree girl to a married woman can be seen as positive and negative. Positive because she stood up to her father (despite the consequences), but in my opinion it was also negative because she shouldn’t be married and in love at such a young age.

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  15. caseyz

    Let me drink this vile
    What if this drink doesn’t work
    do I still have to get married tomorrow
    No, no, it will work, stay there
    [putting down her knife]
    What if it’s actually poison, that the frier’s
    plan was to kill me
    He should be ashamed of this marriage
    Because he already married Romeo and I
    I’m worried because I am overthinking this
    The frier is a good man
    What if I am in the tomb and
    I wake up and Romeo is not there to see me?
    Then, I would be scared
    Should I still go into the vault
    It’s disgusting in there
    I’ll die before Romeo comes for me
    Or if, by chance, I live
    Surrounded by death
    along with the terror in this place
    That is this old vault,
    It’s been filled with, for many years, the bones
    Of all of my deceased family members
    Tybalt’s here too
    He’s rotting in his clothes, where
    Spirits go in the night
    No, no, I won’t
    Wake up to disgusting smells
    And yells
    That freak the living people out
    Or I won’t be upset when I wake up
    While I am surrounded by all of these worries.
    Should I play with the bones from my family members?
    Should I take Tybalt’s broken body out of its tomb?
    And with all of my anger take someone else’s bone
    And use it to destroy my stupid brain
    Oh look! I think I see Tybalt’s ghosts
    He wants revenge of Romeo for killing him
    Stay there stabbed by that sword. Stay!
    I’m coming Romeo! I’m drinking this for you!

    From the beginning of the play, Juliet’s mentality has changed juristically. In the beginning she was very concerned with how things were going to play out as her and Romeo’s relationship continued. She was worried that the Capulets were going to try to kill him and that there was no way for them to be together without one of them dying. Romeo was the one who continuously said how he was willing to die for Juliet, and how he’d rather be dead than not be with her. Every time Romeo would say one of these things, Juliet would try to talk some sense into him and get him to think more reasonably. In this scene, Juliet is acting the way Romeo was acting in the beginning of the play. In this scene, Juliet isn’t thinking ahead. She is being impulsive and is willing to fake her own death just to be with Romeo.

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  16. angelicac1

    Here’s the vial.
    What if this doesn’t work at all?
    Will I still be married tomorrow morning?
    No, this knife will prevent it. Stay there.
    (Juliet lays down the knife)
    What if Friar Lawrence mixed this potion in order to kill me?
    Is he afraid that if I will dishonor him, because he already married me to Romeo?
    I’m feared that this is poison, but I shouldn’t because the Friar is a holy man.
    What if I am placed in a tomb and I wake up before Romeo comes to bring me to Mantua?
    What a terrifying thought.
    Wouldn’t I suffocate in that tomb?
    There would be no air clean enough to breathe.
    What if I suffocate before Romeo comes for me?
    Or if I wake up and live, I would be surrounded by death and the night,
    I would be filled with fright!
    My ancestors are in there, their bones hundred of years old.
    Bloody Tybalt will be there, freshly entombed with
    His corpse decaying in his grave
    They say that during the night spirits come back to life.
    No, no, this can’t be true.
    I won’t wake to sickening odors,
    And hear awful screams that would drive someone crazy.
    Oh, and if I wake too early,
    Wouldn’t I go mad with all these horrifying things going on around me?
    I might play with the bones of my ancestors,
    Or I’ll pull Tybalt out of his grave.
    Will I get one of my ancestor’s bones and hit myself in the head with it?
    I will be so furious.
    Oh, I think I see Tybalt’s ghost
    Looking for Romeo, for he was responsible for killing him
    Stop Tybalt, wait!
    Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here is a drink.
    I drink to you.

    This is the speech that Juliet speaks to herself before she drinks the potion that will cause her to sleep for 42 hours in order to make it seem like she is dead. In this speech, she lists all of the things that could go wrong with her and Friar Lawrence’s plan. She is scared that maybe the potion will kill her and then she starts to fret over other things that could happen. Her doubt shows that although she had been becoming more impulsive than she was two days, she is still cautious on the actions she takes on. Just less than a day ago, Juliet was willing to stab herself, but now she realizes that dying wouldn’t be as easy as she thought it would be.

    Over the course of the book, Juliet’s character had gone through a dynamic change. She used to be a girl that was obedient to her parents and she had this desire to do anything that would make them pleased, such as marrying someone. After meeting Romeo, she started to think and act as her own person which caused her to start acting on what she thinks is right. To her, being with Romeo is right so she acts on her love as opposed to acting by her parents’ thoughts.

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  17. Madi R.

    Come to me, vial.
    What if this mixture does not work at all?
    Will I have to get married tomorrow morning?
    No, no: this will stop it: stay there.
    [laying down dagger]
    What if it is a poison, in which the friar has
    Given me to kill me,
    Maybe he feels dishonored because of this agreement of marriage,
    Because he already married me to Romeo?
    I fear that it is: and yet, I think, it should not,
    For he is still a holy man.
    What if, when I am laid I am laid into the tomb,
    I wake before the time Romeo
    Is to come and get me? That’s scary!
    Willl I then be stuck in the vault,
    Where I will not be able to breath good air,
    And there Imwill die before Romeo comes?
    Or, if I live, is it not very likely,
    The horrible vanity of death and night,
    Together with the terror of the place,-
    As in a vault, an ancient container,
    Wher , for these many hundreds of years, the bones
    Of all my ancestors are packed:
    Tybalt bloody body, will be rotting there,
    In the place, where they say that,
    At some hours in the night spirits rome,-
    Oh no, oh no, I’ll wake up and hear horrible sounds,
    And I’ll here screams like mandrakes being ripped out of the ground,
    That will drive people mad:
    I hope, if I wake I will not be agitated,
    Surrounded with all these terrible fears?
    And madly play with my ancestors joints?
    and pluck bones from his resting place

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    1. Madi R.

      This is the analysis:
      Throughout the play Juliet has changed vastly. In the beginning, Juliet was a young child who listened to her parents. All she wanted was to make her parents happy. When she met Romeo she was worried her family would kill him. Overtime she started to make her own reasonable decisions, thinking for herself. Now, Juliet is acting more like Romeo. She keeps saying she is willing to die for him.To conclude, Juliet’s progression in the play as a character is very significant. In addition, her actions are unexpected due to all the changes Shakespeare makes towards her character.

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  18. Emily

    Come, vial.
    What if the poison doesn’t work?
    Will I get married tomorrow?
    No, no: This knife will stop it: it sits there.
    [Putting down her dagger]
    What if it is a poison that the friar
    gave to me to kill me
    because he already married me to Romeo?
    I am scared of this: and yet I think, it can’t be,
    he is still holy person.
    What if, when I am put into a grave,
    I wake up before Romeo
    saves me? That’s a scary idea!
    I would be suffocated in the tomb,
    and lay dead when my Romeo arrives?
    Or, if I live, which is not very likely,
    The horrible idea of death and darkness,
    with the terror of the coffin,
    as a cell,
    where, for a long time, the bones
    of my ancestors are buried:
    where dead Tybalt, no green in the earth,
    lies decomposing; where as they say,
    in the night the spirits come out:-
    No, no, it is not like me,
    I’ll wake up, surrounded by horrible smells,
    and cries of mandrakes, pulled out of the ground,
    Hearing this, I will become crazy:
    Or, if I wake up, will not I be okay,
    surrounded by all of these scary things?
    And play with my ancestors bones?
    And full Tybalt’s body from the ground?
    And, in my rage, with with a great relatives bone,
    will I smash out my brains?
    Oh, look! I think I see Tybalt’s ghost
    looking for Romeo, who killed him
    with his sword: Stay put, Tybalt, stay!
    Romeo I will come! I will now drink in honor of thee.
    O, look! methinks I see my cousin’s ghost
    Seeking out Romeo, that did spit his body
    Upon a rapier’s point: stay, Tybalt, stay!
    Romeo, I come! this do I drink to thee.

    Throughout the novel, Juliet has changed an incredible amount. In the beginning stages of the novel, she was an innocent little girl who would do anything to please her parents. When her mother asks her if she would like to marry Paris she responds by saying, “I’ll look to like, if looking liking move:But no more deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.” At this point Juliet does not want to marry Paris, but she will do it if her parents want her to. She changes greatly after she meets and marries Romeo, because she realizes the does not have to listen to what her parents say. She disobeys her parents wish to marry Paris, and instead she attempts to fake her death.

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  19. Zoe

    Come, vial.
    What if this mixture doesn’t work at all?
    Will I still have to be married tomorrow?
    No, No, this will work, stay here.
    What if it is a poison which the friar
    created to kill me.
    For my new marriage, he should be dishonored
    because he married me to Romeo before?
    I fear it’s true; and yet, I think it is not,
    For he is still a holy man.
    What if when I am laid in the tomb,
    I wake up before Romeo comes
    to get me! That’s a scary thing!
    Shall I not be in the vault
    Which has horrible air to breathe in?
    AN be strangled to death before Romeo comes.
    Or if I live, it is not very likely
    The horrible surroundings of death and night
    combined with the terror of the place.
    And in this vault,
    where, for many years, the bones
    of all of my ancestor’s bones.
    Where Tybalt lies bloody, inside of the earth,
    lies in his shroud, where they say
    spirits are at times.
    However, it is not like that.
    I’ll wake up early with horrible smells.
    And shrieks like mandrakes being pulled from the ground.
    Regular people, when they hear them, scream and run away.
    O, if I wake, will I not be terrified?
    Full of so many fears.
    And madly play with my ancestor’s bones.
    And take out Tybalt from his shroud.
    ANd in the rage with some other’s bones,
    and as it was a club bash out my brains.
    O, look! I think I see my cousin’s ghost,
    looking for Romeo, to get revenge for Romeo killing him.
    Stay, Tybalt, stay!
    Romeo, I come. I drink this for you!

    Juliet’s speech is quite long and contradicts itself many times throughout it. Juliet brings to attention, in her speech, all the ways this potion could go wrong. She clearly knows there is no way of telling what is actually in the vial, the consequences of waking up next to dead bodies, and that her marriage is horrible because she’s already married to someone else. Although she knows all of these bad things about what is going to happen, she loves Romeo so much she is willing to fake her own death and be almost dead for 42 hours just to get out of marrying a different person. She understands both good things and bad things that could occur from what was about to happen, but she went ahead anyway and made a toast towards Romeo.

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  20. Zoe

    (this was supposed to be included with it) /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\

    This really shows how Juliet has changed over the course of the play because when they first met up, Juliet was not desperate for his love. She was willing to marry him, but when she found out he had to be banished and go to a different town she was sad but knew she has a life of her own in her own town. Suddenly, when her father forces her to marry Paris she is willing to do whatever it takes to be with Romeo and get out of her new marriage. She becomes a lot more desperate to be with Romeo and continue her love and can’t think of a life marrying a different man. Juliet changes over the course of the play, but partly for the worse.

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  21. trinityt

    Juliet’s vial speech paraphrase:
    Come, vial.
    What if this mixture doesn’t work at all?
    Then will I be married tomorrow morning?
    No, no, this will stop it. Lie it there. (She placed the knife down beside her.)
    What if it’s poison that the Friar
    had given me to kill me,
    For this marriage he would be dishonored
    Because he married me to Romeo before?
    I’m afraid it is so. Yet, I think it is not,
    For he has always been proven a good holy man.
    What if, when I am laid into the tomb,
    I wake up before Romeo
    Come to save me? That’s scary to think about.
    Will I be trapped in the vault,
    Where there are no healthy air to breath in,
    And die suffocated before my Romeo comes?
    Or, if I live, is it not very likely that
    The horrible thoughts of death and night,
    With the terror of the place-
    Being in a vault, an ancient place
    Where for many years the bones
    Of my dead ancestors are placed;
    Where dead Tybalt, yet was recently placed in the vault,
    Will be rotting; as they say,
    At night the spirits rise-
    No, no, I will not be like that,
    Waking up early, with the awful smells,
    And shrieks like mandrakes when they are torn out from the ground,
    So that the livings, hearing them, will become crazy-
    Oh, if I wake up early, won’t I become insane,
    Being with all these hideous fears,
    And, crazily, play with my ancestors’ bones,
    And pull Tybalt out of his shroud,
    And, in this madness, with some great ancestors’ bone,
    Like with a club, bash out my brains?
    Oh look, I think I see my cousin’s ghost
    Seeking out Romeo that impale his body
    Upon a sword’s point! Stay, Tybalt, stay!
    Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s a drink. I drink to you.

    Juliet said this speech to herself as she was about to drink the potion from the vial that Friar Lawrence gave to her. At the beginning of the play, Juliet was the type that would do whatever that will pleases her parents. However, now, Juliet is doing what she wants to do, to love Romeo, and taking things into her own hands. In this speech, Juliet is listing all the things that could go wrong if she takes this vial. For example, she talked about what’s inside the vial might be poison that Friar Lawrence gave her, what if she wakes up before Romeo shows up, what if she die from suffocation, what if there are ghosts, and what if all these fears will drive her insane in the vault. Here we see that Juliet is truly afraid by looking into all her what-ifs, but she chose to face her fear by drinking the vial, despite all the risks, that she just listed herself, that could happen. Juliet did all of this because of her strong, never-ending love for Romeo. Unlike in the beginning, when Juliet let herself getting pushed around, she is now taking things into her own hands.

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