Romeo and Juliet- Act V, Scene III (Summary)

Act V, Scene III (Final Scene)

Setting: A churchyard, with the tomb of the Capulets.

Characters in Scene: Paris, Juliet, Balthasar, Romeo, Friar Lawrence, Prince, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Montague, Page, Captain of the Watch, Watchmen

After hearing about Juliet’s death, Romeo hurries to Verona. He arrives in the Capulet’s vault together with his kinsman Balthasar. He encounters Paris, who is praying at Juliet’s tomb. Paris provokes Romeo into a fight, but focusing more on his lady’s death, Romeo declines the battle. Paris keeps on urging him to have a duel and so he did. Paris is slain, but before he is, he instructs his Page to go call the ‘Watch’. Romeo then lays Paris on Juliet’s tomb. He drinks the poison he got from the Apothecary and dies.

Friar Lawrence, on the other side, arrives at the churchyard with a lantern, crow, and spade. He encounters Balthasar who was hiding at the churchyard. Friar Lawrence tells Balthasar to go with him to the vault but Balthasar declines as Romeo instructs him not to. The Friar enters himself and saw Paris and Romeo dead. Juliet then was awaken and as noise starts to be heard, the Friar left Juliet. Juliet then gets Romeo’s dagger after discovering that he is dead. She stabs herself and fell on Romeo’s body and died.

Prince, Lady Capulet, Montague, and Capulet then arrives upon being called by the Captain of the Watch. The Friar explains everything to them. They read Romeo’s letter that was supposed to be sent to Old Montague, and confirmed their love for each other. The two families reconciled together, regretting hating each other as this lead to their own children’s death.

Key Quotation: Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavory guide! Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on the dashing rocks thy seasick weary bark! -Romeo

Poison I see hath been his timeless end. O churl, drunk all, and left no friendly drop… -Juliet

See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love! -Prince

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