Act 5 Quotes Explained

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Her body sleeps in Capel's monument, / And her immortal part with angels lives. / I saw her laid low in her kindred's vault, / And presently took post to tell it you:

Romeo's servant delivers the news that Juliet is dead. Neither Romeo nor Balthasar know about Friar Lawrence's plan, so Romeo assumes that Juliet is really dead.

I do remember an apothecary, / And hereabouts he dwells, which late I noted / In tatter'd weeds, with overwhelming brows, / Culling of simples; meagre were his looks, / Sharp misery had worn him to the bones . . . Noting this penury, to myself I said /
'An if a man did need a poison now, Whose sale is present death in Mantua, Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him.'

Romeo knows a poor man who prepares and sells drugs. He assumes that the man will sell him poison although selling such drugs in Mantua is illegal.

Come, cordial and not poison, go with me / To Juliet's grave; for there must I use thee.

After buying the poison, Romeo calls it a "cordial," or tonic (which is a kind of medicine). To Romeo, the poison is a kind of medicine, for it will end the pain caused by Juliet's death. This is a kind of verbal irony because Romeo says one thing and means another.

Here in this city visiting the sick, And finding him, the searchers of the town, / Suspecting that we both were in a house / Where the infectious pestilence did reign,
/ Seal'd up the doors, and would not let us forth; / So that my speed to Mantua there was stay'd.

Here in this city visiting the sick, And finding him, the searchers of the town, / Suspecting that we both were in a house / Where the infectious pestilence did reign,
/ Seal'd up the doors, and would not let us forth; / So that my speed to Mantua there was stay'd.

Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death, / Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth, / Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open,
/ And, in despite, I'll cram thee with more food

Romeo says this as he forces open the Capulet crypt. It is a metaphor - the grave becomes a "maw" or mouth that eats the dead, and Romeo threatens to force more food into that mouth (suicide).

Good gentle youth, tempt not a desperate man; / Fly hence, and leave me . . . Put not another sin upon my head, / By urging me to fury: O, be gone!

Upon encountering Paris at Juliet's tomb, Romeo warns Paris to leave him alone. Paris refuses and Romeo kills him, adding more tragedy to a tragic end.

Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath, / Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty: / Thou art not conquer'd; beauty's ensign yet / Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks, / And death's pale flag is not advanced there.

Romeo says Juliet still looks alive. This is more dramatic irony because the audience knows she isn't dead.

Yea, noise? Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger! / This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die.

Upon finding Romeo dead, and hearing someone coming, Juliet takes a knife and kills herself.

Where be these enemies? Capulet! Montague! / See, what a scourge is laid upon your hate, / That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love. / And I for winking at your discords too / Have lost a brace of kinsmen: all are punish'd

The Prince suggests that Romeo and Juliet's death is a kind of punishment for the Montague/Capulet feud. He further says that he is partially to blame for what happened, and, by the loss of Mercutio and Paris, even he is punished.

A glooming peace this morning with it brings; / The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head: / Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things; / Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished: / For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

The Prince acknowledges the gloomy or sad peace that results from all the death. The Capulet/Montague feud is at an end, but he points out the horrible cost of that peace.

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