- fated” from the beginning as “star -crossed lovers” Are the events in Act 3 and even earlier in the play a result of FATE or ACTIONS? ◦ Do Romeo and Juliet have control over their lives, or has FATE already decided their outcome? After Romeo kills Tybalt, Benvolio tells Romeo to go or the Prince will kill him. Benvolio : Romeo, away, be gone! The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain. Stand not amazed: the prince will doom thee death, If thou art taken: hence, be gone, away! Romeo flees the scene and goes to Friar Laurence. The Aftermath The Prince arrives and demands to know who started this. Benvolio tells the Prince exactly what happened. Lady Capulet: ◦ Believes that Romeo killed Tybalt ◦ She calls Benvolio a liar since he is a Montague and doesn’t believe Tybalt killed Mercutio. ◦ She demands Romeo’s death since he killed Tybalt. Lord Montague ◦ says Romeo is not at fault ◦ Romeo only did what the law would have done in killing Tybalt. The Prince ◦ doesn’t have Romeo killed ◦ he banishes Romeo from Verona ◦ if Romeo returns, he will be executed.
Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Summary Notes Mrs. Fraiser-Yarborough Page 3 of 6 Act 3, Scene 2 Juliet ◦ is unaware that Mercutio and Tybalt are dead. ◦ She waits impatiently for her wedding night. ◦ Soliloquy full of foreshadowing Juliet : Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night Nurse ◦ Returns with the rope ladder ◦ She is very upset because she is a loyal Capulet servant. ◦ She tells Juliet what happened. ◦ She confuses Juliet. Juliet thinks that ◦ Romeo is dead ◦ Or both Romeo and Tybalt are dead ◦ Juliet to Nurse: What storm is this that blows so contrary? Is Romeo slaughter'd, and is Tybalt dead? My dear-loved cousin, and my dearer lord? Then, dreadful trumpet, sound the general doom! For who is living, if those two are gone? Nurse ◦ tells Juliet that Tybalt is dead ◦ Romeo killed him. ◦ Nurse curses Romeo and all men. ◦ She wrongly thinks Juliet is upset over Tyb alt, not Romeo’s banishment ◦ Nurse to Juliet : Hie to your chamber: I'll find Romeo To comfort you: I wot well where he is.
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