In Act IV, Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet, what internal conflicts does Juliet express before swallowing the potion.
Juliet is conflicted by three different fears in her soliloquy in Act IV, Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet. First off, she is afraid that the potion given to her by Friar Lawrence will not work and she will have to wake up the next morning to marry Count Paris. Her backup plan for this eventuality is the dagger which she has been carrying for much of this Act, and which she would presumably use to kill herself rather than marry Paris. She says,
What if this mixture do not work at all?
Shall I be married then tomorrow morning?
No, no, this shall forbid it. Lie thou there.
What if it be a poison which the Friar
Subtly hath ministered to have me dead,
Lest in this marriage he should be dishonored
Because he married me before to Romeo?