Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Sunday morning

    The Montagues and Capulets fight in the street, and Romeo pines for Rosaline.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Sunday evening

    Romeo and Juliet meet at a party. They discover their families are enemies, yet they fall in love.

    Act 1, Scene 5
  • Monday afternoon

    Romeo and Juliet sneak away to Friar Lawrence's cell and get married.

    Act 2, Scene 6
  • Monday afternoon

    Romeo kills Tybalt and is banished.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • Tuesday afternoon

    Friar Lawrence suggests a sleeping potion for Juliet.

    Act 4, Scene 1
  • Wednesday morning

    Juliet's parents discover her body and believe she is dead.

    Act 4, Scene 5
  • Thursday afternoon

    After hearing that Juliet is dead, Romeo buys poison and plans to kill himself.

    Act 5, Scene 1
  • Thursday evening

    At Juliet's tomb, Romeo confronts Paris and kills him. Romeo drinks the poison.

    Act 5, Scene 3
  • Thursday evening

    Juliet awakens from the false death and sees Romeo's body. Distraught, she kills herself.

    Act 5, Scene 3
  • Friday morning

    News of the young lovers' deaths breaks. The Capulets and Montagues make peace.

    Act 5, Scene 3

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Prologue and Act 1, Scene 1 Before the action begins, a chorus establishes the setting—Verona in northern Italy—and reveals the major events that wi... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 During a visit to the Capulet household, Paris, a count with high standing in the community, urges Lord Capulet to let h... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 Lady Capulet and the nurse enter looking for Juliet, who arrives when called. They discuss her age, and the nurse fondly... Read More
Act 1, Scene 4 Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio, and a handful of other men come masked (and therefore unidentifiable) for the party at the Ca... Read More
Act 1, Scene 5 The Capulets' party begins. After servants bustle through, cheerfully readying the house for the party, Lord Capulet wel... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 The chorus begins Act 2's first scene, stating that Romeo's love has shifted from Rosaline to Juliet, who loves him back... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 Romeo comes forward into the garden when Juliet suddenly appears in a window above him. (Some productions use a balcony,... Read More
Act 2, Scene 3 Now it's the very early morning; Friar Lawrence opens the scene, collecting flowers in a basket, thinking about the powe... Read More
Act 2, Scene 4 Benvolio and Mercutio enter, still looking for Romeo, in part to alert him that Tybalt is enraged at their attending the... Read More
Act 2, Scene 5 Juliet is in her room, anxiously waiting for the nurse to return with news and bemoaning the old woman's age, which is c... Read More
Act 2, Scene 6 Romeo and Friar Lawrence make the final marital arrangements, with Romeo commenting that, no matter what happens next, h... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 Benvolio and Mercutio enter, debating which of them is more hot tempered, and Tybalt and some other Capulets arrive, exp... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 Alone in her room while she waits for the nurse, Juliet anticipates her imminent wedding night, demanding that night com... Read More
Act 3, Scene 3 Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence's cell, where the friar reveals that Romeo has been banished from Verona for killing Tybalt... Read More
Act 3, Scene 4 It is late at night, and Paris has dropped in to speak to Lord Capulet and find out if Juliet has made a decision regard... Read More
Act 3, Scene 5 In the morning after their wedding night, Romeo and Juliet want to stay together as long as they can, though daylight is... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 Paris visits the friar to tell him that his "father Capulet" wants Paris to marry Juliet on Thursday to stop her excessi... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 Back at the Capulets' home, Lord Capulet directs his servants as they prepare for the wedding and party. Juliet enters "... Read More
Act 4, Scene 3 Once her parents are gone, Juliet asks the nurse to leave as well so she can pray. When her mother returns, Juliet sends... Read More
Act 4, Scene 4 The Capulet house has been abuzz with wedding preparations throughout the night and into the morning, Music begins to pl... Read More
Act 4, Scene 5 In Juliet's bedroom, the nurse teases her heavily sleeping charge about the night ahead of her with Paris, until Juliet'... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 Romeo is alone, happy and unencumbered, having had an odd dream about love reviving death, when Balthasar arrives and te... Read More
Act 5, Scene 2 Back in Friar Lawrence's cell, Friar John reports that he was unable to deliver Friar Lawrence's letter to Romeo, having... Read More
Act 5, Scene 3 In the churchyard where the Capulet crypt is located, Paris sends away his page with strict instructions to be the looko... Read More
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