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What does this quote mean: "I would the fool were married to her grave"? act 3 scene 5

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natz | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2007 at 7:04 AM via web

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What does this quote mean: "I would the fool were married to her grave"?

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stillwakingsleep | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 24, 2013 at 3:19 PM (Answer #3)

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It is also a part of the recurring theme that Juliet is married to death.

"If he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding bed."

"and death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead"

"Delay this marriage for a month, a week

Or, if you do not, make the bridal bed

In that dim monument where Tybalt lies" 

"Hath Death lain with thy wife; there she lies,

Flower as she was, deflowered by him.

Death is my son-in-law, Death is my heir"

"Sweet flower, with flowers thy bridal bed I strew"

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lmillerm | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted February 25, 2007 at 4:50 PM (Answer #1)

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Because Juliet will not agree to marry Paris, Lady Capulet states the above quote (line 140). Lady Capulet is stating that it would seem that Juliet is married to her grave because she would rather be with Romeo than marry Paris (Marrying Romeo would be the death of Juliet, figuratively, as she would be marrying into the Mercutio family). This line is also used as an element of foreshadowing, as Juliet does actually die at the end of the play.

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 24, 2007 at 12:57 AM (Answer #2)

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The quote "I would the fool were married to her grave" means that, since Juliet refuses to marry Paris that she wishes that she were dead.  How sadly prophetic was that quote?

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