Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is full of foreshadowing, hints at things that are going to happen later. 

Below are some of the best examples. 

 

ACT I:

Exposition

(explanation) 

The prologue tells that the couple will die (although not technically foreshadowing)

The couple dies. 

Benvolio advises Romeo to find some new love. 

Romeo finds a new love. 

Romeo hesitates at the Capulet’s door, fearing some future catastrophe is about to begin. 

His greatest love, which will cost him his life, begins at the party. 

ACT II: Complication

After being “put in his place” by Capulet, Tybalt promises himself that Romeo will pay for being so bold as to come to their party. 

Tybalt challenges Romeo in the letter. 

As Juliet sends the Nurse to find out Romeo's name, Juliet says, "If he be married / My grave is like to be my wedding bed"

Juliet’s “wedding bed” ends up being her grave. 

During the balcony scene, Juliet warns Romeo that if her kinsmen find him there, they will kill him.  Romeo replies that would be OK if he can only have her. 

Tybalt, her kinsman, tries to kill him.  Romeo dies to have Juliet. 

While picking herbs, Friar Laurence notices that

1 too much of a good thing is dangerous, and

2 a bad thing can sometimes be used for good. 

1 a love too strong kills Romeo and Juliet

2 their deaths ends the hatred between the Capulets and Montagues.

When marrying the couple, Friar Lawrence says that he hopes that things don’t go wrong afterward.  Romeo responds, let love-devouring death do what he dare; / It is enough I may but call her mine." 

Things go very wrong, and death devours love and life. 

ACT III: Turning Point

As Mercutio dies, he shouts, “A plague (curse) on both your houses!” (on both your families). 

Both families suffer the loss of their children. 

When Mercutio dies, Romeo knows that he has reached a point of no return and will fight Tybalt to avenge Mercutio, and he says, "This day's black fate on more days doth depend.” 

Romeo knows that won't be the end of anything.

Upon learning that Romeo has been banished, Juliet thinking that his absence will kill her, and she says, "I'll to my wedding-bed; / And death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead!" (3.2.136-137).

Juliet dies. 

As Romeo and Juliet give farewells after their one night of married happiness, Juliet is suddenly asks, "O think'st thou we shall ever meet again?" and, "Methinks I see thee, now thou art below, / As one dead in the bottom of a tomb. / Either my eyesight fails, or thou look'st pale"

In spite of Romeo’s attempts to reassure her, the next time she sees him he will be dead in a tomb.

Act IV

Preparation

Juliet pleads with her mother to help her avoid the marriage to Paris: "Delay this marriage for a month, a week / Or, if you do not, make the bridal bed / In that dim monument where Tybalt lies" (3.5.198-201). 

By the end of the play she is sleeping with her husband "in that dim monument where Tybalt lies."

Before Friar Laurence tells Juliet of his plan to have her take a sleeping potion, he asks if she has courage to undergo something like death. (4.1.76). Juliet answers that she will do anything rather than marry Paris and tells the Friar to hide her in a “charnel-house” (a crypt) with a dead man.  (4.1.81-88)

Juliet ends up in a crypt with a dead man. 

Alone at night, Juliet asks herself what will happen if the drug does not work: Will she then be forced to marry Paris in the morning?  Answering her own question, she looks at the knife and says, "No, no, this shall forbid it" (4.3.23).

The scheme to use the drug fails (although in a different way than Juliet thought) and Juliet stabs herself.