In Romeo and Juliet, Act 3, Scene 2, where does Juliet make us think of Romeo's death?where does she foreshadow his death?

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droxonian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This scene takes place in Capulet's orchard and opens with Juliet declaiming to herself on the beauty of the love she shares with Romeo. However, while she is speaking, she makes reference to Romeo's hypothetical future death in a way which is unnerving to the audience, given its juxtaposition against the previous scene, in which violence between the Montagues and Capulets has led to the death of Mercutio. The audience is therefore already uncomfortably aware that Romeo's life may be in danger before Juliet says that when Romeo "shall die," he should be "cut out in little stars" and will "make the face of heaven so fine" that people will prefer day to night.

This is intended to be the romantic commentary of a teenage girl upon the handsome face of her beloved, but to the audience, it sets a somber note anticipating the arrival of the Nurse, who declares, "He's dead!"

The audience, of course, knows that Romeo is not actually dead at this juncture, but Juliet's immediate response is to ask if Romeo has "slain himself." This foreshadows Romeo's later death by his own hand after he has found Juliet, apparently dead, and becomes overwhelmed with grief, unaware that Juliet is simply drugged to appear dead.

danylyshen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Juliet foreshadows Romeo's death in her first soliloquy (or "alone-speech"). Juliet is the longing, lover, praying for time to speed by so that she will be reunited with her true love. In part of the speech she unconsciously alludes to Romeo's death saying

when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night(25)
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

Note that even when talking of death and morality the language is infused with beauty and romance: "that the whole world would be in love with night"--that's wonderful language.

When the nurse comes in with news of Tybalt's murder we are also temporarily fooled, as Juliet is, into believing that Romeo is dead. That doesn't last long, however, since we learn of the true circumstances.