Describe the reactions of the Nurse, Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet, Paris and Friar Laurence to Juliet's death in William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet."
The reactions of the characters of the Nurse, Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet, Paris, and Friar Laurence to the apparent death of Juliet in Act IV after she consumes the vial given her by Friar Laurence are as follows:
In Scene 5, the Nurse goes into Juliet's chamber to awaken her for her wedding day, but instead finds an unresponsive Juliet.
I must needs wake you: Lady! lady! lady!
Alas! alas! Help! help! my lady's dead!
Oh, well a-day, that ever I was born!
Knowing that Juliet was distraught about being told she must marry Paris when she is already married, the Nurse blames herself for Juliet's death as she made light of her marriage to Romeo and urged Juliet to marry Paris; she refused to acknowledge the depth of Juliet's love for Romeo.
- Lady Capulet
After hearing the Nurse, Lady Capulet enters, crying out,
O me, O me! My child, my only life.
Revive, look up, or I will die with thee.
This reaction is deeper than one would expect as Lady Capulet has displayed little affection in the play...
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