Romeo happily hugs Balthasar as he enters. Balthasar responds that Juliet was discovered dead at her home that morning. Romeo is torn down and declares that he will return to Verona that night. He promises to lie with Juliet that night. He goes in search of a poison vial, announcing that he will go to Juliet's tomb and die.
Act 5 Scene 3, P.2
Friar Lawrence wonders about Romeo's reaction to his letter outlining the plot involving Juliet's death. He becomes enraged when he realizes that if Romeo is unaware of Juliet's fake death, no one will be able to save her from the tomb. Friar Lawrence declares that he will have to save Juliet from the tomb on his own, and he writes Romeo another letter informing him of the situation.
Act 5 Scene 3, P.3
Romeo tells Balthasar he has come to open the Capulet tomb to retrieve a precious ring he had given Juliet. Romeo is recognized by Paris as the assassin of Tybalt and Juliet. Because Romeo has been exiled, Paris believes he despises the Capulets and has returned to dishonor Tybalt or Juliet's body. Romeo is challenged by Paris. They draw their blades and battle. Romeo kills Paris.
Act 5 Scene 3, P.4
Romeo discovers Juliet peacefully sleeping, as if she were not dead at all. He kisses Juliet, drinks the poison, kisses her again, and then passes away. Friar Lawrence enters the churchyard at the exact moment. The friar reaches the tomb and discovers Paris' and then Romeo's bodies. Juliet awakens as the friar observes the gruesome scene.
Juliet asks the friar about her husband's whereabouts and he responds that Romeo and Paris are both dead and that she must leave. The friar leaves without Juliet because she refuses to go. Juliet notices Romeo's body beside her and the vial from which he has drank. Juliet kisses his mouth, hoping to die from the same poison. Juliet takes Romeo's knife from his sheath and stabs herself. She passes away on his body.
Blood is discovered near the tomb by the watchmen. The Prince and the Capulets enter. In the tomb, Romeo, Juliet, and Paris are found. The story of Romeo and Juliet's secret marriage is told by Friar Lawrence. He yells at the Capulets and Montagues, accusing them of causing the disaster as a result of their feud. Capulet and Montague shake hands and agree to put their feud to rest.