Romeo and Juliet | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Act 4, Scene 4

Professor Regina Buccola of Roosevelt University provides in-depth summary and analysis of Act 4, Scene 4 of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet | Act 4, Scene 4 | Summary



The Capulet house has been abuzz with wedding preparations throughout the night and into the morning, Music begins to play in the distance, signaling Paris's arrival. Lord Capulet, who has not slept all night, instructs the nurse to go wake Juliet.


Lord Capulet opens the brief fourth scene as the apparent lord of his bustling household, which is preparing for Juliet's wedding. The scene is full of hope for the upcoming marriage. Capulet spares no expense for good baked meats and displays youthful vigor—he has been up all night and is flirting with his wife.

This scene provides dramatic irony. The audience knows that the wedding plans are pointless and that the nurse will not find Juliet, but Lord Capulet continues wedding preparations in ignorance.

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