Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about the romance between two young Italians from conflicting families.
It was one of the most popular plays of Shakespeare’s lifetime.
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Romeo and Juliet Act 3
Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1
This is the turning point of the play. It’s just an hour after Romeo and Juliet’s wedding. Benvolio and Mercutio are in the hot streets of Verona. Benvolio wants to avoid trouble with the Capulets, but Mercutio teases him and stays. Tybalt arrives, and he and Mercutio argue. Romeo shows up, and Tybalt insults him. Romeo doesn’t respond, but Mercutio fights Tybalt and gets killed. Romeo, filled with grief and anger, kills Tybalt. He runs away, and the Prince banishes him from Verona.
Questions on Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1
Question: What is the setting of Act 3, Scene 1, and what happens in this scene that marks a turning point in the play?
Answer: Act 3, Scene 1 takes place in the hot streets of Verona. In this scene, Mercutio and Tybalt engage in a heated argument, leading to Mercutio’s death. Romeo, in a fit of grief and anger, then kills Tybalt. This event marks a turning point in the play as it escalates the conflict between the Capulets and Montagues and leads to significant consequences.
Question: How does the Prince react to the violence in this scene, and what is Romeo’s punishment?
Answer: The Prince is furious and threatens severe consequences for any further acts of violence. Romeo’s punishment is banishment from Verona, which means he must leave the city and can never return.
Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 2
Juliet is at home, excited about her wedding night with Romeo. The Nurse enters, crying and shouting Romeo’s name, saying someone has died. Juliet thinks it’s Romeo but learns it’s Tybalt and that Romeo killed him. At first, she scolds Romeo, but then she defends him to the Nurse. The Nurse agrees to find Romeo and tells him to come say goodbye to Juliet.
Questions on Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 2
Question: Where is Juliet in Scene 2, and what news does the Nurse bring to her?
Answer: Juliet is at home, eagerly anticipating her wedding night with Romeo. The Nurse enters, distraught, and tells Juliet that Tybalt has been killed, but she initially makes Juliet believe that Romeo is dead.
Question: How does Juliet initially react when she believes Romeo is dead, and how does she eventually respond when she learns the truth?
Answer: At first, Juliet scolds Romeo for killing Tybalt. However, when she learns that Romeo killed Tybalt in self-defense and that he’s been banished, she defends him and laments his absence.
Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 3
We’re back in Friar Laurence’s cell. Romeo is very upset by what happened. Laurence tries to reason with him, but Romeo won’t listen. The Nurse comes in and tells Romeo that Juliet is crying all the time. Romeo wants to stab himself to erase his name, but Laurence stops him and scolds him. Laurence tells Romeo to visit Juliet as planned but to leave Verona before dawn and go to Mantua.
Questions on Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 3
Question: Where does Scene 3 take place, and what advice does Friar Laurence give to Romeo?
Answer: Scene 3 is set in Friar Laurence’s cell. Friar Laurence advises Romeo to be patient and explains that banishment is a milder punishment than death. He encourages Romeo to visit Juliet as planned and then leave Verona before dawn to go to Mantua.
Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 4
Late on Monday evening, Paris visits Capulet to ask for Juliet’s hand in marriage again. Capulet changes his mind and decides to have the wedding on Thursday, thinking it will make Juliet happier after Tybalt’s death.
Questions on Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 4
Question: What decision does Capulet make regarding Juliet’s marriage in Scene 4, and why does he make this decision?
Answer: Capulet decides to move up Juliet’s wedding to Paris from Thursday to Wednesday, thinking that it will lift Juliet’s spirits after the death of Tybalt.
Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 5
Very early on Tuesday morning, in Juliet’s bedroom, Romeo and Juliet have spent the night together and don’t want to part. They realize Romeo must leave to avoid capture. Lady Capulet tells Juliet about the Thursday wedding with Paris. Juliet refuses, and Capulet gets angry and threatens her. Juliet turns to the Nurse, who advises her to marry Paris. Juliet, feeling cornered, plans to seek help from Friar Laurence.
Questions on Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 5
Question: What happens in Juliet’s bedroom in Scene 5, and why are Romeo and Juliet hesitant to part?
Answer: In Scene 5, Romeo and Juliet have spent the night together and are hesitant to part because they fear they may never see each other again due to Romeo’s banishment.
Question: How does Juliet respond to her parent’s decision to move up her wedding with Paris?
Answer: Juliet refuses to marry Paris and pleads with her parents not to force her into the marriage. Capulet becomes angry and threatens to disown her.
Question: Who does Juliet turn to for help, and what is her plan at the end of this scene?
Answer: Juliet turns to the Nurse for help. Feeling cornered and desperate, Juliet plans to seek help and counsel from Friar Laurence to find a way out of her impending marriage to Paris.
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