Higher than the soul can hope, or mind can hide

 
 
From the moment Juliet and Romeo met, they were consumed with one another. The title of this blog is a comment made by Juliet after her first meeting with Romeo. Now, the plot has taken an unexpected turn: Romeo is banished, Juliet is arranged to marry Paris, and Friar Lawrence is caught in the middle. As we began to read Act IV, I ask you to questions the decisions made by Friar Lawrence and Juliet? Is Juliet right to fake her death? Is Juliet making a mature decision, or is she simply acting on emotion? Could a plan such as this be justified in our current society?
 
Act three begins with so much conflict that the reader almost forgets about the romantic love between Romeo and Juliet. Romeo's response to Mercutio's death is unpredictable and almost uncharacteristic. Did you expect Romeo to respond in this way? How do you think this will impact the relationship between Romeo and Juliet? Will the Montagues and Capulets every find common ground?