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lovemenot | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

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Notice the parallel structure in Act IV, scene i, line 45. How does this use of parallel structure affect your understanding of the situation?

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 18, 2010 at 11:42 AM (Answer #1)

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In Act IV, scene 1, Juliet has recently been told by her father that she is to marry Paris.  Of course, she cannot do this because she has already married Romeo.  Rushing to the cell of Friar Laurence, she encounters--of all people--Paris, whom she greets coolly, but cordially.  After Paris tells her that he will meet her on Thursday and "early will I rouse ye," and he leaves, Juliet despairingly drops to her knees, entreating the Friar,

Oh, shut the door, and when thou hast done so,

Come weep with me--past hope, past cure, past help! (4.4.45)

These short phrases in repetition and in parallel structure indicate Juliet's utter despair that cannot be assuaged with words.  Her bleak expression of her life is only summarily and abruptly expressed as she feels her happiness completely destroyed.  To Juliet, there is no future.

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