O Woeful Day!
This evening, review the scenes we read in class today, (Act IV, scenes iv and v; and Act V, scenes i and ii). Then, please paraphrase the lines below from Act IV, scene v. Once you have finished rereading and paraphrasing, write a paragraph analyzing the friar’s responsibility for Romeo and Juliet’s ultimate deaths. Make sure you include specific details from the text to support your analysis.
Peace, ho, for shame! confusion’s cure lives not
In these confusions. Heaven and yourself
Had part in this fair maid; now heaven hath all,
And all the better is it for the maid:
Your part in her you could not keep from death,
But heaven keeps his part in eternal life.
The most you sought was her promotion;
For ’twas your heaven she should be advanced:
And weep ye now, seeing she is advanced
Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself?
O, in this love, you love your child so ill,
That you run mad, seeing that she is well:
She’s not well married that lives married long;
But she’s best married that dies married young.
Dry up your tears, and stick your rosemary
On this fair corse; and, as the custom is,
In all her best array bear her to church:
For though fond nature bids us an lament,
Yet nature’s tears are reason’s merriment.