Act IV – Scene.iii
Juliet tells her nurse that she wishes to spend the
night by herself and repeats the request to Lady Capulet.
She wonders if she will die when she takes the potion, or whether she might awake in the tomb and go mad with fright because Romeo is not there. She then has a vision where she sees Tybalt’s ghost searching for Romeo. Begging the ghost to cease, she makes a toast to Romeo and drinks the contents of the vial.
Juliet shows that she possesses inner strength and in
toasting Romeo and drinking the potion, she is taking on fate face-to-face.
She has pondered what the various possibilities may be, but she is determined to keep control over her own destiny, and is willing to face up to the consequences.