Describe Romeo's dream in Act V, scenes 1-2, of "Romeo and Juliet."

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The dream of Romeo in Act Five suggests several things about Romeo.  One thing that it indicates is his impetuosity of personality.  While he is ready to "trust the flattering truth of sleep," he is also just as ready to embrace the news that his dreams "presage."  As cheerful as he easily becomes with a dream, Romeo can just as quickly change to despair.  for, when Bathasar comes with news ath Juliet's "body sleep in Capel's monument," Romeo rashly acts again, declaring "Then I defy you, stars!" and rushes to Juliet's grave without trying to locate Friar Laurence to ascertain why he has no word from the priest and to ascertain what has really occurred during his banishment.  These impetuous acts lead the reader to wonder how much of what happens to Romeo is, indeed, in the stars and not in the character of Romeo himself. 

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Romeo very briefly describes a dream that he has had right at the beginning of Act V, Scene 1.  He does not say very much about it, though.

What he says is that he dreamed that he was dead.  Then he dreamed that his lady (presumably Juliet) came and found him dead.  She kissed him, and that brought him back to life.

This sort of foreshadows what will really happen in the tomb.  He will be dead, and she will find him that way. But she will not be able to bring him back to life.