Mercutio and Benvolio encounter Tybalt, Romeo arrives and tries to provoke him to fight and Romeo refuses to fight and Mercutio accepts his challenge and is wounded. Romeo avenges Mercutio and is banished from Verona
Juliet longs for Romeo and the Nurse arrives with news that Romeo killed Tybalt and was banished. Julia feels grief for the loss of her cousin but then feels grief for not being able to see her husband. The nurse promises to bring Romeo later in the night.
Friar Lawrence tells Romeo that his punishment is banishment, not death. Romeo says that death is equal to banishment from Juliet. The nurse enters and spreads the news that Juliet is grief-stricken and Romeo attempts suicide.
Paris approaches Capulet about marrying Juliet. Capulet believing Juliet will do as she is told he promises there will be a wedding in 3 days.