Romeo and Juliet Act 3


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  • Romeo and Juliet Act 3
  • "These violent delights have violent ends..." (Shakespeare 2.6.9).
  • "Women may fall when there's no strength in men" (Shakespeare 2.3.85).
  • 3.1
  • "Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo" (Shakespeare 3.1.46).
  • "Alla stoccato carries it away" (Shakespeare 3.1.75).
  • 3.2
  • "Is Romeo slaughtered and is Tybalt dead" (Shakespeare 3.2.71)?
  • "Ah weraday, he's dead, he's dead, he's dead" (Shakespeare 3.2.42)!
  • In five act plays, the third is usually the climax of the story. Tensions presented will intensify, and foreshadowed events may or may not happen. The action in the story raises to its all time high, making this the most important act in the story.
  • 3.3
  • "And turned that black word "death" to "banishment"" (Shakespeare 3.3.28-29).
  • Tybalt, trying to find Romeo for crashing the party, confronts Mercutio and Benvolio. Tybalt insults Romeo, angering Mercutio. He draws his weapon and they fight to the death, Tybalt killing Mercutio. Tybalt exits and then returns to a similar fight, where Romeo kills Tybalt. The citizens become aware the fight, causing the prince to banish Romeo as punishment.
  • 3.4
  • "I will..." (Shakespeare 3.4.11).
  • Coming with big information, the Nurse misleads Juliet, making her think that both Romeo and Tybalt are dead. The reality is that Tybalt and Meructio are dead, while Romeo is banished. Juliet is then overcome with an overwhelming grief and want to see Romeo.
  • 3.5
  • "O nurse, how shall this be prevented" (Shakespeare 3.5.216)?
  • Romeo visits the Friar, where he explains all of his sorrows of being forced away from Juliet. The Friar tries to reason with him, but Romeo is so distraught that he attempts suicide. Finally, the Nurse helps make plans for Romeo and Juliet to say bye to each other.
  • "'Tis torture and not mercy" (Shakespeare 3.3.31).
  • Juliet's father proceeds to rush and force her into a marriage she doesn't want with Paris. Juliet is still madly in love with Romeo, making her sad about him being banned from coming back to the town. Her father interprets this as extreme sadness for losing Tybalt and believes that the marriage will help her become happier.
  • "Commend me to your daughter" (Shakespeare 3.4.9-10).
  • Romeo visits Juliet in the night to say goodbye, eventually leaving so as not to be caught. Lady Capulet then plans to plan to kill Romeo for causing her daughter so much grief. Also, her father comes in and tells her about her marriage to Paris. She refuses his wishes, causing him to become angry. Finally, Juliet turns to the Nurse, the one person she really trusts, who also tells her to marry Paris. This causes Juliet to tell herself that if the Friar can't help her, she will commit suicide.
  • "So worthy a gentleman to be her bride" (Shakespeare 3.5.150)?
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