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 5
Romeo and Juliet Act 5 Scene 1
The scene shifts to Romeo in Mantua, where he’s in exile. Balthasar, his servant, arrives on horseback and tells him that Juliet has died and been placed in the Capulet family tomb. Romeo asks if there’s a message from Friar Laurence, but there isn’t. Romeo decides to return to Verona, planning to kill himself and be with Juliet. On the way, he buys strong poison.
Questions on Romeo and Juliet Act 5 Scene 1
Question: Where is Romeo at the beginning of Scene 1, and what news does Balthasar bring to him?
Answer: Romeo is in Mantua at the beginning of Scene 1. Balthasar arrives on horseback and informs Romeo that Juliet has died and been placed in the Capulet family tomb.
Question: What is Romeo’s reaction to the news of Juliet’s death, and what does he decide to do?
Answer: Upon hearing of Juliet’s death, Romeo decides to return to Verona. He plans to visit Juliet’s tomb, see her one last time, and then kill himself so that he can be with her in death.
Romeo and Juliet Act 5 Scene 2
We learn that Friar Laurence had sent Friar John with a letter for Romeo in Mantua. But Friar John couldn’t deliver it because he was suspected of carrying an illness and wasn’t allowed to leave Verona. Realizing the danger of the situation, Laurence asks Friar John to get a crowbar. Juliet will wake up soon, and he plans to be with her in the tomb. He wants to keep her in his cell until he can inform Romeo about the situation.
Questions on Romeo and Juliet Act 5 Scene 2
Question: Why is Friar Laurence upset in Scene 2, and what does he instruct Friar John to do?
Answer: Friar Laurence is upset because Friar John was unable to deliver the letter to Romeo in Mantua due to being quarantined. He instructs Friar John to get a crowbar because he plans to be with Juliet when she wakes up in the tomb and wants to keep her in his cell until he can inform Romeo of the situation.
Romeo and Juliet Act 5 Scene 3
Paris and Romeo
Paris goes to Juliet’s tomb to pay his respects. Romeo also arrives at the tomb. Paris doesn’t know about Romeo and Juliet’s relationship, so he thinks Romeo is there to do something bad to the Capulet family. Paris challenges Romeo to a fight, but Romeo tries to warn him not to. Paris doesn’t listen, and they fight. Paris is killed.
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo doesn’t realize that Juliet is about to wake up. He sees that her cheeks and lips are still rosy, and he is overwhelmed with grief. He drinks the poison he brought and dies. Friar Laurence enters the tomb and finds Juliet awake. He hears a noise outside and runs away, afraid of being caught. Juliet stays. He sees that Romeo has killed himself with poison, and tries to do the same, but there is no poison left. She kisses Romeo, then stabs herself with her knife.
The Prince and the Families
The Watch and the Prince enter, followed by Lord and Lady Capulet and Lord Montague. Lady Montague has died of heartbreak over Romeo’s exile. Friar Laurence and Balthasar are captured by the Watch. Laurence tells the Prince the whole story, and the Prince believes him, especially when he sees a letter from Romeo that Balthasar gives him. The Prince is saddened and enraged by the hatred between the two families. Capulet and Montague shake hands and agree to build golden statues of Romeo and Juliet to remind the people of Verona of the power of true love and the need to live peacefully.
Questions on Romeo and Juliet Act 5 Scene 3
Paris and Romeo:
Question: What happens when Paris encounters Romeo at Juliet’s tomb, and why does Paris challenge Romeo to a fight?
Answer: Paris encounters Romeo at Juliet’s tomb and assumes that Romeo is there to do harm to the Capulet family. He challenges Romeo to a fight because he believes Romeo is a threat.
Question: How does the confrontation between Paris and Romeo end, and what is the outcome for Paris?
Answer: The confrontation ends in a fight between Paris and Romeo, which results in Paris being killed by Romeo.
Question: What does Romeo do after killing Paris, and what does he see that leads to his tragic decision?
Answer: After killing Paris, Romeo sees Juliet, who appears to be still alive with rosy cheeks and lips. This sight overwhelms Romeo with grief, and he decides to drink the poison he brought with him to be with Juliet to death.
Romeo and Juliet:
Question: What does Juliet do when she wakes up in the tomb and finds Romeo dead?
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Answer: Juliet sees Romeo’s lifeless body and realizes that he has taken his own life with poison. In despair, she kisses Romeo and then stabs herself with his knife to join him in death.
The Prince and the Families:
Question: Who arrives at the tomb after Romeo and Juliet’s deaths, and what do they discover?
Answer: The Prince, along with the Watch, Lord and Lady Capulet, and Lord Montague, arrive at the tomb. They discover the tragic scene of Romeo and Juliet’s deaths.