Shakespeare cartoonified: Romeo and Juliet — Act IV
Let’s find out what Juliet’s plan is to get out of her predicament.
A defining feature of Shakespearean comedies – yes, this play is a comedy, which at the time did not refer to humour but mostly to a love story – is that the plot in Act IV walks on the edge of a knife. This could easily go either way – to the happy ending where Juliet escapes with Romeo, or to the tragedy where her plan fails and she would rather commit suicide than marry Paris.
Juliet would dare anything and everything for love. That is probably not the safest approach to take in this world, but she is in it so deep by now that she can only go through with it. Act V will reveal where love takes her, while the people in her life still try to make her decisions for her. Friar Lawrence tries to criticise this in her parents, but he also doesn’t quite dare. At this point, he is her only friend.
|Romeo and Juliet|
|Introduction||Act I||Act II||Act III||Act IV||Act V|
Be sure to check back for the final episode, Act V, on 22 July. Links will become available above as new parts are published.