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Paris tells Juliet to marry him that way her unbalanced feelings about Tybalt's death will come to an end. After Paris tries to convince her by kissing her, Juliet still doesn't want to marry Paris.
Friar Lawrence comes up with a plan to stage Juliet's death in a way that she would appear dead, but only be under a sleeping potion. With this plan, she will not have to marry Paris, and when she wakes she can go to Mantua to be with Romeo.
In order to make Friar Lawrence's plan work, Juliet lies to her father by telling him that she wants to marry Paris. This resulted in Capulet so excited that he moved the wedding date to the very next day.
The night before the wedding, Juliet questions whether or not she should drink the potion, and then she realizes that she would rather die than marry Paris. She makes a toast to Romeo and her love for him and then drinks the potion.
The next morning, the nurse finds Juliet "dead" and begins to weep, along with Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Paris. They inform Friar Lawrence of her death and he tells them to plan a funeral.
At Juliet's funeral, the musicians play sorrowful music and Peter asks them to play happy and cheerful music to make him in a joyful mood to stop his mourning over Juliet. The musicians don't think this is appropriate, so when they don't, Peter gets mad and insults them.
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