Romeo and Juliet – Act 3, Scene 3 – Scene Summary

Romeo and Juliet

Act 3, Scene 3

Scene Summary

Characters: Romeo, Nurse, Friar Lawrence

Time: Monday Night

Location: Friar Lawrence’s cell

Scene Events: Friar Lawrence returns to find Romeo hiding out in his cell. Friar Lawrence shares the news to Romeo that the Prince has made a calmer decision by banishing him instead of exiling him. Friar Lawrence tries to calm Romeo down by pointing out that there are worse things than banishment. Romeo expresses complete disapproval and is condemned to banishment. To Romeo, banishment is far worse than being exiled, as it means that he will be separated from Juliet and that “there is no world without Verona walls, but purgatory, torture, hell itself” “heaven is here, where Juliet lives”. The Nurse comes to Friar Lawrence’s cell in search of Romeo, she tells him of Juliet’s grief and Romeo becomes more distressed and anxious about the aftermath of his punishment and starts to think suicidal thoughts and is ready to kill himself. The Friar devises a plan to convince the prince to pardon Romeo, saying that Romeo will spend his last night in Verona with Juliet, then he will escape to the city of Mantua where he will live until the Friar can make their marriage public and make peace between the two families, then they will ask for Romeo to be pardoned.

Quote: Romeo ‘Tis torture and not mercy. Heaven is here, Where Juliet lives, and every cat and dog And little mouse, every unworthy thing, Live here in heaven and may look on her”



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