Romeo and Juliet Act 3

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Romeo and Juliet Act 3

Act 3 of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare portrays the sadness of Romeo’s Banishment and Juliet’s forced marriage. Act 3 takes place in Verona and Mercutio and Benvolio are discussing the hot day and the possibility of a quarrel of the two families. Tybalt enters looking for Romeo and rudely addresses them. Mercutio and Tybalt are about to fight when Romeo enters. Romeo tries to avoid the conflict because he is now married to Juliet. Mercutio cannot stand Romeo submitting to Tybalt's cruelty and draws his sword to fight. Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm and runs away. Benvolio tells Romeo “the brave Mercutio is dead”(3.1).  Romeo realizes his love for Juliet has made him a coward and now seeks revenge. Tybalt returns and they fight.  Romeo kills Tybalt and then flees after reflecting on what he has done. The citizens, the Prince, the Montague's, and the Capulet's all come to see what has happened. Benvolio tells the story of what happened. Immediately, the Prince banishes Romeo.The Nurse tells Juliet about Tybalt's death and Romeo's banishment. Juliet is upset about Tybalt's death but thinks Romeo's banishment is even worse than had he also been dead. The Nurse tells her that Romeo is hiding at Friar Laurence's cell. Juliet asks her to go find Romeo so that they can say goodbye. She also gives the Nurse a ring to give to Romeo. Romeo is at the Friar's cell awaiting his punishment. The Friar tells him he has been banished. Romeo says “exile is worse then death” (3.3) and the Friar tries to Pinedo 2

comfort him. The Nurse arrives and mentions the grieving state of Juliet. Misunderstanding the Nurse, Romeo attempts to kill himself. The Nurse explains that Juliet is sad because she may never see her beloved Romeo. She was not crying because of Tybalt. The Friar gives Romeo hope by proposing a plan. Romeo will go see Juliet that night to say farewell and then go to Mantua until it is safe for him to return to...
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