Text of Romeo and Juliet Act III Scene 1 Tybalt is looking for Romeo He finds Mercutio and Benvolio Mercutio...
Romeo and Juliet Act III
Scene 1 Tybalt is looking for Romeo He finds Mercutio and Benvolio Mercutio doesnt want to tell him where Romeo is Romeo enters He is now married to Juliet Tybalt calls Romeo a villain Romeo answers him in peace
Romeo as peacemaker Romeo is now Tybalts relative, by marriage Tybalt, of course, doesnt know about the wedding Tybalt insults Romeo, but Romeo still will not fight Mercutio sees Romeo being insulted, and rushes to fight Tybalt Romeo tries to break it up Mercutio is stabbed under Romeos arm
Tybalt and his friends run Mercutio is fatally wounded Even now, he makes jokes A plague on both your houses! This curse is foreshadowing - prophetic Romeo blames himself Mercutio was defending Romeos name, and stabbed under his arm His love for Juliet has made him effeminate (womanly) Benvolio comes back, to say that Mercutio is dead
Tybalt Returns Romeo is angry probably feels guilty Romeo fights to avenge Mercutio Tybalt is killed Romeo stands shocked at what he has done Benvolio hurries Romeo away - The Prince will condemn him to death Romeo laments what has happened, and leaves
The Princes Justice Enter Prince, Montagues and Capulets Benvolio tells what happened Lady Capulet demands that the Prince should have Romeo killed, as he said before Montague argues that Romeo was obeying the law Romeo killed Tybalt for killing Mercutio Prince is angry Mercutio was his own kinsman Romeo is banished If he is found in Verona, he will be executed
Scene 2 Gallop apace, you fiery footed steeds Classical allusion refers to the myth that the sun was a golden chariot She wants the day to pass quickly Romeo will come at night (It is their wedding night, after all!)
Nurse arrives She is so upset about Tybalts death that she cannot tell her about it Juliet thinks Nurse is saying Romeo is dead Nurse finally says clearly that Tybalt is dead and Romeo is banished for killing him Juliets first reactions Oxymorons show her torn allegiance, Romeo and her family Nurse: Theres no trust, no faith, no honesty in men Shame come to Romeo! Then, Juliet defends him she is loyal to Romeo
Juliet Comforts Herself Tybalt is dead, who would have killed her husband so now her husband is safe! But Romeo is banished This is more painful to her now than Tybalts death Juliet starts talking about suicide Nurse promises to bring Romeo she guesses (correctly) that he is at Friar Lawrences cell
Scene 3 Friar Lawrence tells Romeo of the banishment better than death! Romeo thinks it is worse than death He cannot be with Juliet Anywhere else is Hell
Knock, Knock! Friar tells Romeo to hide, but he is too depressed The Nurse enters tells Romeo to stand and be a man Romeo asks if Juliet hates him His name causes Juliet pain he wants to cut his name out of himself Romeo is talking about suicide as well!
Friars Scolding Thy tears are womanish! Passion has destroyed Romeos reason Juliet is alive there you are happy! Tybalt tried to kill you, but you killed him There you are happy! The law banishes him instead of death there you are happy! So.He should be happy!
Friars Plan Go to Juliets bedroom and comfort her (Have wedding night) But get out of Verona before morning Then go to Mantua, and wait for message They will fix everything, and then call for him Romeo agrees to this
Scene 4 Capulets meeting with Paris It is too late for Paris to talk with Juliet Capulets think Juliet is sad about Tybalts death, and this is why she stays in her room Dramatic Irony really, she is with Romeo in her bedroom Capulet decided to cheer up his daughter by having her married They set the date she will marry Paris in three days
Scene 5 Begins with Romeo and Juliet in her bedroom They are saying goodbye it is morning They do not want to say goodbye Finally, Juliet says Romeo must leave, for his own safety (He is IN CAPULETS HOUSE, after all)
Joyful Tidings Juliet has a bad feeling foreshadowing Romeo departs, Lady Capulet Enters Juliet speaks with double meanings Dramatic Irony: we know what Lady C. does not know Lady C. tells Juliet that she will be married to Paris on Thursday Juliet says she will not (more double talk)
Enter Capulet Lady C. tells him what Juliet said Capulet is angry at her for refusing Paris Ungrateful Paris is a perfect husband! What will it look like? he will not break his word to Paris Nurse tries to help Juliet Capulet warns her not to stick up for her He tells Juliet that if she will not marry Paris, he will disown her hang, beg, starve, die in the streets!
The Nurses Advice Capulet and Lady C. exit, very angry Juliet cries to Nurse what shall I do? The Nurse has an idea: Romeo will never come back No one knows she married him Paris is a better man anyway Her advice is to marry Paris! Pretend her wedding did not happen
Juliet agrees with her (not really, of course) The Nurse leaves to tell her parents Juliet monologue She can never trust the Nurse again She will go to Friar Lawrence If all else fail, myself have power to die
Act IV Juliets Act Romeo and Juliet
Scene 1 Friar Lawrence meets with Paris Paris has told him of wedding plans He is VERY excited about the wedding Friar has objections too fast, Paris does not know if Juliet will say yes Why doesnt he tell him the truth? Juliet enters double talk with Paris
Juliet is very upset She begs the Friar to say that he has a plan She pulls out a knife, and says that she will kill herself if she must marry Paris She continues to speak for some time This suggests that Friar Lawrence has not thought of a way out of their problem yet Finally, Friar says he has a desperate plan
The Friars Crazy Plan 1. Tell your parents that you will marry Paris 2. The night before the wedding, drink this drug Remember, he knows about drugs and medicines 3. The drug will make her sleep so deeply that she will seem to be dead 4. She will be buried in the family tomb 5. Meanwhile, he will send letters to Romeo 6. The drug will wear off in a day, and she will awake Romeo and Friar will be there 7. Romeo will take her to Mantua
Scene 2 Capulet is making wedding plans Juliet enters begs forgiveness Capulet decides to change the day of the wedding to Wednesday Thats tomorrow!! This change messes up the schedule of the Friars plan
Scene 3 Juliets bedroom Nurse and Lady C. help her get ready for wedding tomorrow The two older women leave Juliet soliloquy says good bye to her mother If this works, she will go away with Romeo Her family will think she is dead
Juliets soliloquy What if this doesnt work? she sets a knife ready in case she needs it in the morning What if this is really a poison? Friar would look bad or get in trouble She cannot believe this of him a holy man What if Romeo is not there when she wakes up? She fears she will go mad, among all the dead people She imagines she sees Tybalts ghost Drinks the potion and falls down on her bed
Scene 4 Dramatic Irony Everyone is happy Juliet is getting married this morning (She lies dead behind the curtain) Capulet sends Nurse to wake up Juliet
Scene 5 Is the bride ready to go to church? (wedding) Ready to go, but never to return (funeral) Paris and Capulets moan and wail in pain (Dramatic Irony everywhere) Nurse tries to wake up Juliet, and realizes that she is dead Screaming and panic! Capulets enter, and start crying as well Friar and Paris enter
Friar Lawrence calms them She was never yours you shared her with heaven Now, heaven has all of her Capulet all that we prepared for her wedding will now go for her funeral
Funny scene! Relieves the tension, keeps certain people in their seats (remember, Shakespeare wants to please all of his audience) A funny scene between Peter (a servant) and the musicians Why is there a funny scene here?