Act 1, Scene 1
Two families: the Montagues and the Capulates have always shown hostility and aggressiveness towards each another. In a bustling market, two Capulat servants picked a fight with two Montague servants, with the fight spinning out of control and involving large amounts of members from both families. Eventually, Prince Escalus, the prince of the region, comes in and ends to fight, declaring that if any more fighting occurred, the people responsible for the fight will be executed. Meanwhile, in a search for Romeo – a Montague – reveals that he was a bit “lovesick”, wandering around the proximity of the town.
Act 1, Scene 2
Paris, a man around his twenties, goes to Juliet’s father to ask if he can marry Juliet. Her father states that Juliet is still too young, only 13 years old, and says that first Paris must get Juliet to fall in love with him. Juliet’s father recommends Paris to attend the mascarade ball that was going to be held that evening, and he invites many guests.
Act 1, Scene 3
Juliet’s mother summons Juliet to have a conversation about potentially marrying Paris. Their bawdy maid, who has raised Juliet like her own, brings Juliet into her mother’s bedroom. There, she tells Juliet that girls younger than her are already supporting families, and asked Juliet to get a move on relations. When asked about her position in loving Paris, Juliet said she will think about it and decide later.
Act 1, Scene 4
Romeo and a bunch of his friends are heading to the mascarade party, but Romeo is reluctant to attend because he dreamt of consequences and he had the overhanging feeling that something bad is going to occur. However, his best friend, Mercuto, who is of the bawdy and rude kind, teases Romeo and goes on about a story of “Queen Mok”, and gets so involved that Romeo has to literally shake him out of it. Afterwards, he starts off to the party, but with the feeling that he is going to meet is fate there.
Act 1, Scene 5
Romeo and his friends arrive at the mascarade, and is greeted by Juliet’s father. The servants were clearing the remains of the meal, and the musicians were tuning. Shortly after this, a dance occurred, and Romeo saw Juliet and was instantly captured, saying that it was his first taste of “true beauty”. However, Tibult, Juliet’s cousin, recognises Romeo as a Montague, and calls for his sword. Juliet’s father declines him of his inclinations and prevents him from doing anything, making Tibult extremely vexed. Meanwhile, Romeo and Juliet located each other and held hands, before Romeo says the famous line “let lips do what hands do” and they kiss. Afterwards, when the guests were leaving the party, they each learn the true background of each other, and is extremely shocked by the news.
Act 2, Scene 1
On the way back home, Romeo separates from the group and jumps over the fence of the Capulat mansion, hiding in the bushes while Mercuto and Romeo’s other friends shout his name. They all had a little too much to drink, so they were yelling at the top of their lungs and walking awkwardly. Romeo waits until they pass and slowly exit the bushes.
Act 2, Scene 2
Romeo makes his way across the garden and hears Juliet declaring her love of Romeo to the night sky, and saying that she only wished that Romeo did not have the title of a Montague. In doing so, she says the famous phrase “what’s in a name?”. Romeo then surprises her by jumping out of the bushes and offering to change his name in order to get married. Juliet fears for his life, as if he is found he will be killed. However, they exchange vows and Juliet arranges to send a messenger to confirm the time and place to get married. After that, they part and Romeo heads home.
Act 2, Scene 3
In this scene, Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence, the priest of the church, to make arrangements for the wedding. However, Friar gets mad at Romeo, saying that he is in love with Rosaline, another girl. However, he ultimately decides to let Romeo and Juliet exchange vows, thinking that it will improve the relationship between the two families.
Act 2, Scene 4
Back home, people were wondering where Romeo was, as he did not come home at all last night. Romeo is then spotted by Mercuto, who teases him about love. Right then, the nurse of Juliet appears, and Mercuto and his friends tease her as well, calling her rude names. When they flee, the nurse calls them names, before entering a church. Romeo requests that she commend him to Juliet, and the nurse agrees.
Act 2, Scene 5
The nurse returns home, while Juliet was complaining that she was taking too much time. When the nurse arrives, Juliet tries to find out what Romeo said, but the nurse was a bit tricky and kept complaining about her old age. In the end, she informed Juliet of the current situation, and Juliet is extremely delighted.
Act 2, Scene 6
In this scene, the final scene in act 2, Romeo arrives, and Friar tells him to “love moderately”. However, when Juliet comes, Romeo disregards that order, with extravagant kissing and loving words, all while a poor Friar was trying to keep them apart. After that, Friar takes them to get married.
Act 3, Scene 1
This scene shows Mercuto being warned not to pick a fight with the Capulots, but he disobeys that and fights Tibult, who enraged him by teasing Mercuto. Mercuto was wounded by Tibult despite Romeo’s efforts to stop the fight. Mercuto dies, and made Romeo extremely enraged. who chased down Tibult and challenged him. In the ensuing sword fight, Tibult is stabbed by Romeo, and dies. The scene ends with Romeo’s friends having a hard time getting him out of the scene.
Act 3, Scene 2
Juliet, after hearing the nurse bawl about the murder of Tibult, first speaks rash of Romeo, accusing him of killing her cousin heartlessly. Later, she defends Romeo, saying that he defended himself from a man that would otherwise kill him. In the town square, the corpse of Tibult is brought to the prince, and Tibult’s side of the family tries to get the lord to execute Romeo. Romeo is at home throwing a big tantrum and attempts to kill himself, but Friar Lawrence stops it.
Act 3, Scene 3
Juliet’s nurse suggest that Romeo spends his last night with Juliet.That’s what he does, and this scene shows their night together. In the morning, Romeo leaves to be exiled to Manuta, but Friar Lawrence still has hope that Romeo will be able to return someday.
Act 3, Scene 4
This scene starts with Juliet crying, and her mother saying that she is grieving too much for Tibult, thinking that she was crying for him. Juliet’s mother tells her some good news that will supposedly cheer her up: she is going to marry Paris. However, Juliet refuses to marry Paris, declining fiercely. Juliet’s mother informs Juliet’s father, and he becomes instantly enraged. He threatens to kick Juliet from the family if she does not marry Paris, and Juliet goes to her mom for help. However, Juliet’s mom brushes her off as well, and finally the nurse convinces her that Paris is much better than Romeo, stating that he is better-looking. Juliet decides to go to Friar Lawrence for advice, and if that will not help, she was going to commit suicide.
Act 4, Scene 1
In this scene, Juliet goes to Friar Lawrence to meet Paris, and Paris teases her a little to see if she has affection for him. After he leaves, Juliet says she’ll rather die than marry Paris. Lawrence fabricates a plan to let her skip the wedding and meet up with Romeo again: before the wedding day, she is to drink a drug that will make it seem like she is dead, with no pulse and no breath for 42 hours. Friar is going to write a letter to Romeo to explain the current situation, and get him to come back within the time period.
Act 4, Scene 2
Juliet goes to her father and begs for pardon for disobeying his wishes, telling him that she will marry Paris. Her father is so delighted that he moves to wedding to the next day. Juliet persuades her mother and nurse to leave her alone and picks up the vile containing the poison, but is too terrified of visions of the grave to drink it. However, she prays for love to give her strength and consumes it.
Act 4, Scene 3
At the beginning of this scene, Friar Lawrence hands the letter to Romeo to a messenger with a donkey. Meanwhile, the nurse of Juliet tries to waken her for the wedding but is extremely distraught to find her seemingly dead. Juliet’s father and mother and nurse go wild with grief, and arranges a funeral. At the funeral, Romeo’s servant Balthasar sees Juliet dead, and runs to his horse and gallops towards Romeo. He passes the messenger with the donkey.
Act 5, Scene 1
In this scene, Romeo receives Balthasar’s bad news, and rushes on his horse to Verona. On the way, they stop at a pharmaceutical, and Romeo purchases poison, intending to join Juliet in death. The scene ends with him standing in front of Juliet’s grave.
Act 5, Scene 2
While Romeo is in front of the grave, Paris, who had promised to visit Juliet’s grave every night, attacks Romeo, and Romeo kills Paris in the fighting. While dying, Paris requests to be laid beside Juliet, which is what Romeo does. Romeo then kills himself to join Juliet in death. Meanwhile, Friar Lawrence arrives at the grave, and Juliet wakes up. Friar tries to convince Juliet to leave the grave, as he does not want to be seen there, but she refuses, seeing Romeo dead beside her. Friar flees, and Juliet kills herself with a dagger after uttering the famous phrase “oh, happy dagger!”. In the final scene, the bodies of both Romeo and Juliet are laid before the prince, who declares that all of the members of both families are punished because of their war and their inability to cooperate. So ends Shakespeare’s famous Romeo and Juliet’s tragedy.
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Act 3 Scene 1 Performance
Romeo and Juliet Frame Analysis Practice 1
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