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Romeo and Juliet Act and Scene Summary

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Scene summarises of each ActAct 1Act 2Act 3Act 4Act 5Scene summarises of each ActAct 1- PrologueThe Chorus introduces the play by describing two rival families in Verona.- Scene 1A fight breaks out between members of the Capulet and Montague houses, and Prince Escalus demands all fighting stop. Benvolio vows to help Romeo forget Rosaline.- Scene 2Capulet talks with Paris about Paris's plans to marry Juliet, and invites him to a feast to begin wooing her. Romeo and Benvolio plan to attend this same party.- Scene 3The Nurse recites a sexual anecdote involving Juliet. Lady Capulet asks Juliet to consider Paris as a potential husband.- Scene 4Mercutio mocks Romeo and speaks about Queen Mab of the fairies. Romeo senses the night at the party will set fate in motion and lead to untimely death.- Scene 5Romeo and Juliet fall in love and kiss at the feast. Tybalt wants to harm Romeo for coming to a Capulet feast, but Capulet stops him.Act 2- PrologueThe Chorus explains Romeo and Juliet's intensifying love, and their determination to overcome the challenges posed by their rival families.- Scene 1After the feast, Romeo looks for Juliet and hides from Benvolio and Mercutio.- Scene 2Romeo stands below Juliet's balcony and they profess their love for each other. Juliet promises to send a messenger the next day to make sure Romeo is serious about marriage.- Scene 3Romeo asks Friar Lawrence to wed himself and Juliet that day. Friar Lawrence agrees despite his skepticism, and hopes the marriage will end the family feud.- Scene 4Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel, and Mercutio ridicules Romeo for whathe believes is his excessive love for Rosaline. The Nurse agrees to send Juliet to Friar Lawrence.- Scene 5The Nurse tells Juliet that Romeo is waiting with Friar Lawrence to marry her.- Scene 6Friar Lawrence warns Romeo not to get too intense in his love, and then marries Romeo and Juliet.Act 3- Scene 1Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt, so Mercutio fights instead. Tybalt kills Mercutio. Romeo kills Tybalt and runs away, and Prince Escalus demands Romeo's exile from Verona.- Scene 2The Nurse tells Juliet that Romeo has killed Tybalt and is sentenced to exile, but she will make sure Romeo comes to Juliet for their wedding night.- Scene 3The Nurse gives Romeo a ring from Juliet. Friar Lawrence suggests Romeo spend the night with Juliet and then flee to Mantua, and perhaps Prince Escalus will change his mind.- Scene 4The Capulets promise Paris that Juliet will marry him in three days.- Scene 5Romeo leaves Juliet after their wedding night. The Capulets order Juliet to marry Paris, and Juliet heads to Friar Lawrence to see if he can help.Act 4- Scene 1Paris shows affection to Juliet when she comes to see Friar Lawrence. FriarLawrence proposes to Juliet that she take a sleeping potion to feign death on her and Paris's wedding night, and Romeo and Juliet can live together in Mantua.- Scene 2Juliet tells the Capulets she will marry Paris and they move the wedding up a day.- Scene 3After pondering what may go wrong and having a vision of Tybalt's ghost searching for Romeo, Juliet drinks the sleeping potion.- Scene 4The Capulet household prepares for Juliet's wedding to Paris.- Scene 5The Nurse, the Capulets, and Paris discover that Juliet is "dead," and mourn extensively.Act 5- Scene 1In Mantua, Balthasar tells Romeo that Juliet is dead. Romeo buys a poison and plans to return to Verona to kill himself and lay with Juliet in her gravethat night.- Scene 2Friar Lawrence learns that Romeo never received his letter explaining Juliet's fake death plan, and plans to rescue Juliet from the tomb. He sendsanother letter to Romeo explaining the situation, but doesn't know that Romeo believes Juliet is dead.- Scene 3 Romeo kills Paris in the graveyard, drinks the poison, and dies. Juliet wakes, finds Romeo dead, and stabs herself; Friar Lawrence explains everything and the Capulets and Montagues agree to end their


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