In Romeo & Juliet who said "... As one dead in the bottom of a tomb." and "Shall I believe that unsubstantial Death is amorous...?"PLEASE HELP!

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, the author has Juliet foreshadow the death of Romeo in the lines 'as one dead in the bottom of a tomb.' This where the fate of the two cross'd lovers will take them - and this is where all the petty fighting and feuding has got them, the tragic loss of two innocent young lives. The joy of youthful living has left Romeo - he is tired, pale and wan. Ironically, this was how he appeared at the very beginning of the play, only that 'illness' was brought on by unrequited puppy love for Rosaline. Now, sadly, he has found real love which is returned, but it will not bring him happiness but to an early grave.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Romeo says the second of your two lines in the last scene of the play -- Act V, Scene 3.  He says these lines to what he thinks is the corpse of Juliet.  He is saying that she looks so beautiful that he wonders if Death itself wants to have her for a lover and is keeping her beautiful.

The first of your two lines is spoken by Juliet.  She says it in Act III, Scene 5.  These are, sadly, the last words she ever speaks to Romeo.  She tells him that he looks pale, like someone who is dead and in a tomb.  That, of course, is how he will be when she next sees him.