Romeo and Juliet Act Three
Scene One • Mercutio, and Benvolio encounter Tybalt and a few Capulets in the street who are looking for Romeo • Romeo enters the scene and tells Tybalt that they are not enemies, but instead that he loves Capulets • Mercutio and Tybalt fight, and Tybalt kills Mercutio when Romeo tries to break it up
Scene One Continued • Mercutio’s death enrages Romeo and when Tybalt comes back Romeo kills him • The prince, Montagues, and Capulets demand to know what happened from Benvolio. • The Capulets believe Benvolio is lying because he is a Montague and they demand that the prince punish Romeo
Scene One Continued • The prince exiles Romeo from Verona and vows that both families will be punished because their feud has now affected his family. • The prince tells the Montagues to tell Romeo to leave immediately because if he is found in Verona he will be killed.
Scene Two • Juliet is dreaming about her first night with Romeo as a married couple • Nurse tells her about Romeo killing Tybalt and being exiled • Juliet is feeling sorry for herself because her new husband has been exiled, so nurse goes to get Romeo so they can spend some time together.
Scene Three • Romeo is hiding in Friar Lawrence’s cell • He is also feeling sorry for himself because of his punishment • Friar Lawrence believes this is a sign of immaturity and an ungrateful person • Romeo does not even feel urgency to hide when there is a knock on the door because he thinks death would be better than being exiled
Scene Three continued • Friar Lawrence wants Romeo to leave Verona and stay in the city of Mantua for a while • Friar Lawrence will explain the marriage to the Montagues and the Capulets and try to get Romeo pardoned for his crime • When he has figured all of this out, he will send for Romeo to come back to Verona
Scene Four • Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Paris are discussing Paris’ proposal • Capulet tells Paris that they will convince Juliet to marry him • They plan a small wedding to occur in three days
Scene Five • Romeo and Juliet are parting because it is early in the morning • Romeo says “More light and light, more dark and dark our woes!” • Romeo leaves and Lady Capulet comes to see Juliet • Juliet tells her mother that she is not well and her mother believes that this is her grief over Tybalt’s death
Scene Five Continued • Lady Capulet tells Juliet that she wants to send someone to Mantua to poison Romeo so the Capulets can have their revenge • Lady Capulet informs Juliet about her upcoming wedding day • Juliet says, “I will not marry yet. And when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris.”
Scene 5 Continued • Capulet is furious when Juliet tells him she does not want to marry Paris • He believes that Paris is an excellent match for her and he worked hard to make this wedding happen • He calls Juliet ungrateful and tells her she can either marry Paris or leave his house and live on the streets • He refuses to hear her reasons or explanations
Scene Five Continued • Juliet is upset and doesn’t know what to do because she is already married • She is torn between making her parents happy and breaking her marriage vows • The nurse believes she should ignore her vows and love for Romeo and marry Paris because he is so much better than Romeo
Scene Five Continued • Juliet tells the nurse to tell her parents that she will marry Paris and that she feels so bad she is going to Friar Lawrence to confess her sins • She cannot believe the nurse took her parents’ side and she vows to herself not to marry Paris • Juliet says, “If all else fail, I myself have power to die