What does  "I would the fool were married to her grave" mean from Romeo and Juliet?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This line is spoken by Lady Capulet (Juliet's mother) in Act III, Scene 5.  She says it about her daughter.  What she is saying (and this is really a terrible thing to say) is that she wishes her daughter were dead.

She says this because she is mad at Juliet.  She is mad because of the fact that Juliet does not want to marry Paris when that seems like such a wonderful match to her parents.

By saying this, Lady Capulet is sort of foreshadowing what will actually happen to her daughter -- she will soon be dead, just as her mother is wishing for in this passage.

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terra611 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Additonally, this  statement is both ironic and foreshadowing because the next time Lady Capulet sees Juliet she will place her in her grave on the day of her planned marriage to Paris. Juliet is most likely burried in her wedding clothes that she had put on before drinking the potion. Therefore she was "married" to her grave.

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babynotes | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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"Married to her grave" also links back to the theme of fate and "star-crossed" lovers, because it is kind of saying that Juliet cannot escape her fate of dying and becoming "married to her grave."

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