Act 5 Scene 3Where is the irony in the scene where the families honor the lovers in death?

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The irony lies in the fact that neither family truly honoured their young people in life - when they had the chance. There is a trail of 'not listening' in the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare. So the most important job of valuing sons and daughters doesn't get done either - listening to their issues and concerns and trying to help reolve them, not ignoring them. "A plague on both your houses" is not a surprising conclusion to come to. No-one listens to the Prince when he asks the brawlers to desist, Lord Capulet does not listen to Juliet-neither does her mother- when she resists the marriage to Paris, nobody listens to Romeo when he tries to explain to the gang that he is now their kinsman (having married Juliet) and doesn't want a fight.

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A further irony is how they choose to gift each other. For years, the two of these families could find nothing to agree on. If any interaction took place between the two of them, it was to hurt each other.

The gift Lord Capulet gives to Montague is the opportunity for Romeo's body to lie in the Capulet's monument (or tomb). Never under other circumstances would a Capulet have allowed a Montague to be there. Then Lord Montague makes an equally sincere gesture, building a statue of Juliet in gold for the city of Verona.

Both gestures likely cost a significant amount of money.

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