When Juliet's nurse first tells her that Tybalt is dead, the nurse does not actually say right away who has been killed, leading Juliet to believe that she is talking about Romeo . When Juliet asks if Romeo has "slain himself," she requests a one-syllable response—aye or nay—and, yet,...
When Juliet's nurse first tells her that Tybalt is dead, the nurse does not actually say right away who has been killed, leading Juliet to believe that she is talking about Romeo. When Juliet asks if Romeo has "slain himself," she requests a one-syllable response—aye or nay—and, yet, the nurse only describes the "bloody piteous corse" that made her swoon (3.2.51, 60). Assuming that the nurse is describing Romeo's dead body, Juliet says,
O break, my heart, poor bankrout, break at once!
To prison, eyes; ne'er look on liberty.
Vile earth to earth resign; end motion here,
And thou and Romeo press one heavy bier. (3.2.63–66)
Here, Juliet addresses parts of her body because she longs to die rather than live without Romeo. She tells her heart to break, and she tells her eyes to close forever. She commands her body to go into the earth, suggesting that her body and Romeo's can now share one resting place.
Later, when Friar Lawrence tells Romeo that the Prince has sentenced him to banishment rather than death, Romeo reacts in a way that the friar does not expect. Rather than be grateful for his life, Romeo is more upset than if he had been sentenced to death for killing Tybalt. Romeo says,
Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say "death,"
For exile hath far more terror in his look,
Much more than death. (3.3.13–15)
Later, he explains that the reason for this is that "Heaven is here / Where Juliet lives," and he cries that every unworthy animal will get to stay in Verona and look at her, but he will not (3.3.31–32). In other words, then, he is upset about banishment because he would rather die than be separated from Juliet; remaining alive while knowing that she is in the world and they cannot be together would simply be too painful. These two sections of the text show that each of the young lovers would rather die than live without the other.