Hey everyone, I've written a sum,,mary on some scenes of Romeo and Juliet. Would you like to read it and tell me what you think?
Thanks in advance!Act 3, Scene 4
In a room in Capulet’s house, Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Paris are talking to each other. Capulet says that all these sad events happened so suddenly that he didn’t get a chance to ask her daughter about her feelings towards Paris. Lady Capulet promises that she’ll talk to Juliet about it tomorrow morning. Then Capulet tells Paris that Juliet respects his will and she’ll listen to him, or in other words she’ll obey his decision. He tells Paris that the wedding will be held on Wednesday, but then he suddenly asks what day it is, and after Paris responds that it’s Monday, Capulet says that he thinks Wednesday is too soon so the wedding will be held on Thursday. Paris shows his willingness to this marriage by saying that “I would that Thursday were tomorrow.”, then he leaves Capulet’s house.
Act 3, Scene 5
It’s almost sunrise when Romeo decides to go and visit Juliet or the last time before his exile. Juliet tries to convince Romeo that he still has time to stay by saying that “It is not yet near day: It was the nightingale, and not the lark,”. Romeo refuses to stay and says that “I must be gone and live, or stay and die.”. Juliet proclaims that the light outside does not come from the sun, and it’s just from a meteoroid. Finally love convinces Romeo to stay, and he says that he doesn’t care even if the Prince’s men kill him for not going out of the city before dawn. Suddenly Juliet realizes that this is madness, so she says that the bird sound was indeed the lark, not the nightingale and he must run away now since it’s almost dawn. The Nurse enters to tell Juliet that Lady Capulet is coming to visit her. Romeo is hiding at this time. While climbing down the window, Romeo promises that they will meet again very soon. However, Juliet is concerned as she says that Romeo looks pale. Romeo replies that they both look pale because of the sorrow of them dividing. Romeo runs away, and Juliet wishes to see him soon again while collecting the ladder.
Lady Capulet then comes to visit Juliet. Juliet is puzzled because she doesn’t know why her mother wants to see her so soon. Lady Capulet thinks that Juliet is woeful because her cousin Tybalt is dead, because she doesn’t know that Juliet and Romeo are married. Lady Capulet tells Juliet that she hopefully wishes to see that villain Romeo dead soon. Juliet pretends that she wishes so too, and in the same time says that she loves Romeo in a hiding manner. Then Lady Capulet informs Juliet of Capulet’s plan that she’ll be married to County Paris on Thursday in Saint Peter's Church. Juliet is shocked and quickly refuses the marriage and says “I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear, it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris. These are news indeed!” Her mother says that she should say this to her father, and in the same time Capulet and Nurse enter the room. When Capulet finds out that Juliet refuses his will, he becomes furious and threatens to disown Juliet if he doesn’t marry Paris on Thursday. After he exits the room, Juliet begs her mother for help, but Lady Capulet refuses to speak and leaves.
After Capulet and Lady Capulet leave Juliet’s chamber, Juliet asks Nurse to help her prevent this sudden marriage. Nurse tells her that Paris is a better match than Romeo, and she should go through with the marriage to Paris because Romeo can be considered dead anyhow. Although Juliet is disgusted by Nurse’s statement, she pretends to agree her and tells her that she’s going to the church to make confession to Friar Lawrence. While going to the church, Juliet says that she’ll never trust Nurse again, and if Friar Lawrence is unable to help her, she’ll gladly kill herself.
Act 4, Scene 1
In Friar Lawrence’s cell, he talks to Paris about his marriage to Juliet which is coming soon on the next Thursday. Paris believes that Juliet is sad because of his cousin Tybalt’s death, and her father, Capulet, thinks that they should marry even sooner so that Juliet becomes happy again and forget her loss. Friar still remarks to himself that the marriage should be delayed because Juliet is already married to Romeo and nobody knows it.
After a while, Juliet enters and Paris talks to her very fanciful and caringly. However, Juliet’s respond is completely neutral and she reminds him that they’re still not married. After that, Friar Lawrence sends Paris away so that he can hear Juliet’s confession. Before leaving, Paris kisses Juliet once. After Juliet and Friar are alone, Juliet cries for help, carrying a knife and threatening Friar that she will kill herself rather than marrying Paris. Friar suggests a smart plan, which is that Juliet must pretend that she wants to marry Paris, and then on the night before wedding, she will drink a sleeping potion which removes all the signs of life from her body temporarily for a while. In the meantime, Friar will send a message to Romeo notifying him of their plan. Then, Juliet will be put in the Capulet’s tomb, where Friar and Romeo will wait for her to wake up. Finally, she will go to Mantua with Romeo and there they’ll live happily ever after. Juliet agrees with the plan enthusiastically, so Friar Lawrence gives her the potion.
Act 4, Scene 2
Juliet goes home, and finds Capulet and Lady Capulet preparing for the wedding. Capulet is surprised when Juliet apologizes, accuses her resistance against this marriage and expresses her willingness for it. Capulet is so happy that he brings the marriage one day sooner, which is on Wednesday. Juliet goes to her chamber and pretends that she’s preparing for tomorrow, while Capulet rushes to Paris’ house to inform him the news.
Act 4, Scene 3
In her room, Juliet asks Nurse to leave her alone tonight. She says that she “has need of many orisons to move the heavens to smile upon her state”. Then Lady Capulet comes in and Juliet repeats her request. When she’s alone in her room, she brings out Friar Lawrence’s potion while thinking about the things that might happen if she drinks it. There’s a possibility that Friar has given her a deadly poison to kill her and hide his role in her secret marriage to Romeo. There’s also a probability that she might get very scared in the tomb if Romeo arrives late for some reason. Then, she gets the vision in which she sees Tybalt’s ghost seeking for Romeo. She ask Tybalt to quit his search and drinks Friar’s vial.
Act 4, Scene 4
Next morning, in the early time, Capulet’s house is full of people making haste to prepare for this sudden marriage. It’s almost the time so Capulet sends the Nurse to go and wake Juliet. When Nurse goes to Juliet’s room, she finds her dead and begins to mourn. Capulet and Lady Capulet arrive quickly and join Nurse’s wailing. Meanwhile Paris, Friar Laurence and a group of musicians arrive for the wedding. When they find out what has happened, Paris starts mourning as well and Friar Lawrence keeps reminding them that Juliet is in heaven now and suggests everyone to get ready for her funeral.
In the main hall, the musicians begin to pack up and leave. Peter enters and requests them to play a cheerful song. The musicians didn’t agree so Peter insults them and leaves. Then the musicians decide to wait so that they might get a free lunch before leaving.
Act 5, Scene 1
It’s Wednesday morning. Romeo, in his new house in Mantua, is happily talking about a dream which he had last night of her lady, Juliet. In the dream, Romeo was dead, but when Juliet came and kissed him, her kiss gave him a new life and brought him back to the earth. When he finishes describing, Balthasar rushes into the room. Romeo greets him warmly, waiting for him to bring news from Verona and his lady, Juliet. He says that nothing in the world can be ill if Juliet is well. Balthasar replies with sorrow that then nothing is ill, because Juliet is well and she’s in heaven now, as they found her dead body in her bed a few hours ago.
Romeo is stunned. He asks Balthasar to bring him pen and paper, and get some horses as he’s planning to return to Verona that night. He writes a letter to Montague and gives it to Balthasar. Romeo asks if Balthasar is carrying a letter from Friar Lawrence or not, and gets a negative answer. The servant says that Romeo needs help not, but Romeo orders Balthasar to leave him alone. After the servant is gone, Romeo goes out to find a drug dealer in Mantua. He finds one, and asks the drug dealer to give him a fatal poison. The dealer says that he has such poison available, but selling poison in Mantua carries the death sentence. Romeo reminds the dealer that he’s poor and looks like he’s starving, and then offers him a reasonable amount of money for that poison. The dealer finally agrees and says “My poverty, but not my will”. Romeo replies “I pay thy poverty, and not thy will.” and buys the poison. Afterwards Romeo talks to the poison and says that he’s going to kill himself tonight in Juliet’s tomb with that poison.
Act 5, Scene 2
Friar Lawrence is in his cell when Friar John comes. Friar John is the one whom Friar Lawrence had earlier sent to Mantua with a letter for Romeo. When Friar Lawrence asks about how Romeo responded to the letter, Friar John says that he couldn’t deliver the message because he was imprisoned in a quarantined house due to an outbreak of plague, and “Nor get a messenger to bring it thee, So fearful were they of infection.”. Friar Lawrence gets angry, because he realizes that Romeo is still unaware of their plan so he won’t come to the tomb tonight to retrieve his lady. Friar Lawrence doesn’t know that Romeo has been informed of Juliet’s death and thinks that it’s real. Friar Lawrence sends Friar John to get him an iron crow. He sends another letter to Romeo to warn him about what has happened, and plans to keep Juliet in his cell until Romeo arrives. He thinks that he should get Juliet out of the tomb alone tonight.
Act 5, Scene 3
On Wednesday night in the churchyard, Paris comes in with his page carrying a torch. He orders the servant to go away and starts spreading flowers on Juliet’s grave. Suddenly he hears his servant’s whistle warning him that someone’s coming. He rushes into the darkness and hides. Romeo arrives with his servant Balthasar, carrying a metal bar. He orders Balthasar to leave, telling him that he needs to retrieve a valuable ring which he gave Juliet a while ago from her hand. He threatens Balthasar that he’ll mince the servant if he sees him around. Balthasar goes away, but without Romeo noticing stays around and watches the tomb from outside.
From the other side, Paris recognizes Romeo as the sinful villain who killed his lady’s cousin, Tybalt. He thinks that Romeo has come to show disrespect to Tybalt and Juliet’s dead bodies. As Romeo has been exiled from the city on penalty of death, Paris decides to confront him. Romeo asks him to leave, but he refuses, so they start fighting. In the meantime, Paris’s page was watching the whole progress from outside, so he runs away to inform the civil watch. After a thrilling swords fight, Romeo slays Paris. As he’s dying, he asks to be laid near to Juliet’s tomb and Romeo agrees. Romeo goes down to the Tomb while carrying Paris’s body. Then he finds Juliet, lying in her tomb and wonders why she’s still so beautiful, as if she was alive. Romeo talks to Juliet about his plans to join her in the other world, then kisses Juliet, drinks the poison, says that the poison works very fast, kisses her again and finally dies.
Right after that Friar Lawrence enters the churchyard and meets Balthasar, who was still there hiding and waiting for his master. The servant says that Romeo is in the Capulet tomb, and also claims that while he was sleeping under the tree, he sees a dream of his master fighting and killing somebody. Planet stricken, Friar Lawrence hurries into the tomb and encounters a blood bath with Paris and Romeo dead. Just when he walks into the tomb, Juliet wakes up.
The first thing she says when she wakes up is “O comfortable friar! Where is my lord? I do remember well where I should be, and there I am. Where is my Romeo?” Friar Lawrence hears sounds and thinks that the watchmen are coming, so quickly replies Romeo and Paris are both dead and that she should leave with him immediately. Juliet refuses to leave and Friar Lawrence, who is very scared, exits without her. Juliet sees Romeo dead next to her with an empty bottle of poison in his hand. She says “drunk all, and left no friendly drop to help me after?”, and hoping that she might die by the same poison, she kisses his lips, but still lives. Juliet takes out Romeo’s dagger and says “O happy dagger! This is thy sheath;”. Then she stabs herself, falls on Romeo’s body and dies.
Watchmen arrive a few minutes later with Paris’s page and see the bloody ground, the county slain, Romeo dead and Juliet bleeding while she was buried two days ago, so they send some men to look around the churchyard. The watchmen capture Friar Laurence and Balthasar walking around the churchyard. The Prince and the Capulets enter. Montague arrives later, and says that Lady Montague died because of Romeo’s banishment, “Grief of my son's exile hath stopp'd her breath”. The Prince shows Montague his son’s body. Then, the Prince orders Friar Laurence to tell the story that he knows. Friar Laurence tells everything about Romeo and Juliet’s secret marriage and things that happened afterwards. Balthasar gives the Prince the letter Romeo had previously written to his father, and Prince says that the letter proves Friar Laurence’s story. He reproves the Capulets and Montagues and says that this tragedy is the result of their enmity and hate and reminds them the he has lost two close kinsmen, Paris and Mercutio. Capulet and Montague agreed to put their blood feud behind them. Montague promises that he’ll build a golden sculpture of Juliet and Capulet says that he’ll build Romeo’s gold statue beside her. The Prince goes to discuss the events, and pronounces that there has never been a story sadder than the story of Romeo and Juliet before by saying “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”.