Romeo and Juliet Act 3

Act 3 Scene 1 *Benvolio and Mercutio are hanging out and Benvolio states that it is very hot out and everyone is cranky. He thinks they should go home because if they run into the Capulets they will fight*Tybalt comes in search of Romeo.*Mercutio and Tybalt start arguing and Romeo tries to calm them down.*No one knows why, we as readers know it is because he just married Juliet.*Under Romeo’s arm Tybalt stabs Mercutio.*Mercutio dies, but states ‘a plague on both your houses’ as he is dying.*When Romeo realizes that Mercutio is really dead, he goes after Tybalt, stating that either one or both of them will be killed.*Romeo kills Tybalt, and then runs away.*The Prince arrives, with Lady Capulet and Lord Montague. The final verdict is that if Romeo shows up he is sentenced to death!
Act 3 Scene 2 *Juliet is very excited about her wedding night, and she is talking about it to herself in the garden.*The Nurse comes to tell her the news, but initially Juliet think it is Romeo that is dead.*The Nurse explains that it is Tybalt who is actually dead, and Romeo is banished.*The Nurse assumes that Juliet hates Romeo, but she is INCORRECT.*Juliet is happy that Romeo is not dead, as she says one of them would die in the fight, and she would rather is not be her husband.*Juliet tells the Nurse to send word to Romeo and she still wants to marry him, and he should go with the original plan to sneak into her room that night.*Julier gives the Nurse a ring to give to Romeo
Act 3 Scene 3 *Romeo has fled and hidden in Friar Lawrence’s cell*Romeo is desperately upset and the Friar is attempting to calm him down.*The Nurse arrives with news from Juliet, she sees Romeo crying and tells him to be a man for Juliet’s sake.*Romeo calms down and the Friar explains to him that he should be happy because, he killed Tybalt instead of Tybalt killing him, because Juliet is alive, and because he is alive and only exiled.*Friar comes up with the plan for him to visit Juliet that night and consummate their marriage, then go to Mantua and wait until the Friar is able to change the Princes mind.*Romeo attempts to kill himself, but stops and agrees to the plan.*The nurse gives Romeo the ring that Juliet wanted her to give to him.
Act 3 Scene 4 *Paris goes to the Capulet house to see Juliet and ask her father about the marriage.*Lord Capulet tells Paris that it is late and that Juliet is upset about Tybalt’s death and therefore he can’t see her tonight, but says he can marry her.*They agree that today is Monday and they should be married on Thursday.*Lord Capulet tells his wife to go and tell Juliet the news.
Act 3 Scene 5 *Romeo leaves Juliet after they have sonsummated their marriage.*Lady Capulet tells Juliet that she will marry Paris on Thursday, and Juliet is very verbally and visiabily upset. Lady Capulet states that she has to tell her father.*Lord Capulet is furious and states that she must marry Paris or she is thrown out of the house and family.*The Nurse advises Juliet to forget about her first marriage and marry Paris and move on.*Julier tells the Nurse that she is going to Friar Lawrence for confession.*Juliet also tells the Nurse that she does not trust her anymore considering she did not keep in mind how much she loves Romeo and suggests that she marry Paris.
gallant adj. brave and noble
fray n. noisy fight
martial adj. military; warlike
exile v. banish
eloquence n. speech that is graceful and persuasive
fickle adj. changeable
Solioquy a lengthy speech in which a character – usually alone on stage -expresses his or her true thoughts or feelings – Solioquies are unheard by other characters
Aside a character revealing his or her true thoughts or feelings in a remark that is unheard by other characters.
Monologue a lengthy speech by one character. Unlike a solioquy or an aside, a monologue is addressed to other characters.