Wow, how much better is this, that now it is the two of us writing it... There is so much that came to mind actually:
Juliet is very active, but her relationship to her death and death in general is a central point to the dramaturgy.
- The critics and playwrights of the time argued that the play is not a true tragedy since the tragic outcome is due to unfortunate timing and not the culmination of the characters proceedings.
- And death is an ever-occuring thought of Juliets': she is mentioning suicide and death several times, from the beginning:
'Go ask his name:if he be married my grave is like to be my wedding bed' - she says to her nurse on the party.
And the more desperate she gets the more serious these become. I stil think that writing a list with all the quotes about death and dying is important.
Also, even in the context of love, just waiting for him to come she has that long monologue where she says:
'Give me my Romeo; and when he shall die, cut him out in little stars'
Why is she talking about death there? It is much more dramaurgically prompted when Romeo leaves her after their first night together:
'Oh God, I have an ill-divining soul! Methinks I see thee, now thou art below as one dead in the bottom of a tomb'
What does the ill-divining soul mean? Could this be one of the key elements to her charcter?
In the hungarian translation Meszoly writes:
"sejtelem gyotor" - that just means I have this "terrible feeling". Having an ill-divining soul is more permanent, darker, deeper..
What do we think?