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2 Mercutio and Benvolio are traveling through the city Benvolio knows that they should go home He warns Mercutio that they will not escape a brawl in public Tybalt finds them, looking for Romeo Mercutio insults Tybalt, trying to keep Romeo safe Romeo enters, trying to keep the peace Tybalt says to Romeo, “The love I bear thee can afford no better term than this: thou art a villain.”

3 Romeo will not fight Tybalt, instead replying, “Villain am I none... I see thou know’st me not.” Tybalt doesn’t know that Romeo is now married to Juliet—he is now family. “... The reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting.” Romeo knows that he must love Tybalt as family, and he is willing to forgive him for the insult

4 Romeo will not fight Tybalt, saying, “... Good Capulet—which name I tender/As dearly as my own—be satisfied He is refusing to challenge Tybalt, giving up Mercutio is angry with Romeo’s cowardice, choosing to fight Tybalt in place of Romeo “Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk? Romeo attempts to play peacekeeper, saying, “Gentlemen, for shame! Forbear this outrage.”

5 Romeo tries to break up the fight In the madness, Mercutio is fatally injured He tries to downplay his injury, saying, “Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch. Marry, ‘tis enough.” He knows he is dying, jokingly telling Romeo, “Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.” With his dying breath, Mercutio curses both Romeo and Tybalt “A plague o’ both your houses!”

6 Mercutio’s death excites Romeo to revenge “Away to heaven, respective lenity,” he tells Tybalt His death is an accident, but his death must be avenged “... Mercutio’s soul is but a little way above our heads,’/Staying for thine to keep him company,” shows Romeo’s rage and desire to kill Tybalt It lies on Benvolio to explain the deaths to the Prince The Prince replies, “... Immediately we do exile him hence.”


8 Juliet, unaware of the fight, waits for Romeo She is excited for her wedding night “Come, night. Come, Romeo. Come, thou day in/Night.” Juliet’s Nurse enters, looking upset “We are undone, lady, we are undone!” Juliet thinks Romeo is dead until the nurse reveals, “O courteous Tybalt! Honest gentleman!/That ever I should live to see thee dead She finally tells Juliet, “Tybalt is gone, and Romeo is banished.” Juliet becomes upset with Romeo In her anger, she calls him, “A damned saint, an honorable villain!

9 Juliet, although upset at Tybalt’s murder, cannot turn against Romeo She tells her nurse, “Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?” Juliet is torn between the death of her cousin and the banishment of her husband “There is no end, no limit, measure, bound,/In that word’s death,” she says, tormented by Romeo’s banishment The nurse comforts Juliet by saying that she will bring Romeo to her “Hark ye, your Romeo will be here at night./I’ll to him. He is hid at Lawrence’ cell

10 Fr. Lawrence knows Romeo is in trouble Affliction is enamoured of thy parts,/And thou art wedded to calamity. Romeo learns of his banishment He assumes that he is to be executed, saying, “What less than doomsday is the Prince’s doom?” He is upset with banishment, crying out, “’Tis torture and not mercy. Heaven is here,/Where Juliet lives...” Romeo asks Fr. Lawrence for a potion to end his life Juliet’s Nurse interrupts their conversation, asking for Romeo

11 The Nurse tells Romeo, “Stand, an you be a man./For Juliet’s sake, for her sake, rise and stand.” She knows that he can’t give up on himself Fr. Lawrence is upset with Romeo’s lamenting “Thy tears are womanish.” He tells Romeo that he can’t kill himself as it would harm Juliet “What, rouse thee, man! Thy Juliet is alive... Happiness courts thee in her best array.” He instructs Romeo to go to Juliet to comfort her Romeo will spend his wedding night with Juliet and then escape to Mantua

12 Romeo is presented with Juliet’s wedding ring Romeo replies with, “But that a joy past calls out on me.” Fr. Lawrence repeats his plan to Romeo “Either be gone before the watch be set,/Or by the break of day disguised from hence./Sojourn in Mantua.” Romeo is to receive news from Fr. Lawrence trough Romeo’s servant

13 Tybalt, still enraged at Romeo’s intrusion at the Capulet ball, is determined to fight, but Romeo refuses. Why? What does Romeo mean when he tells Tybalt, “But love thee better than thou canst devise?” How has the relationship between these two men changed, and how does this affect Romeo? What does Romeo mean when he says, “I see thou know’st me not?” How does Mercutio get involved in Romeo’s argument with Tybalt? What happens to him? What makes Mercutio exclaim, “O calm dishonourable, vile submission!” What is meant by Mercutio telling Tybalt, “Good King of Cats, nothing but one of your nine lives?”

14 What decree does the Prince make? The prince, angry at Romeo, says, “Immediately we do exile him hence... What is his plan for punishing Romeo? How is the prince involved in the feud now that Mercutio is dead “I have an interest in your hearts’ proceeding,” means what when the prince says it? Why does he tell both families that, “I will be deaf to pleading and excuses?” Why is he so angry that he is deciding to punish both families?

15 How does Juliet react to the Nurse’s news? Why is Juliet confused when the nurse exclaims, “Ah, welladay! He’s dead, he’s dead, he’s dead! Is Juliet aware of whom she is talking about? What does Juliet say when the Nurse tells her, “Tybalt is gone, and Romeo banished.”

16 How does Romeo react when Fr. Lawrence tells him of the news of his banishment? Romeo asks, “What less than doomsday is the Prince’s doom?” expecting that he is to be executed Fr. Lawrence answers, saying, “A gentler judgment vanished from his lips,” thinking that Romeo would be grateful with only being banished Why is Romeo upset, telling Fr. Lawrence, “Be merciful, say ‘death,’/For exile hath more terror in his look?” Why is it that Romeo cannot stand the idea of banishment? What is in Verona that he doesn’t want to leave behind?

17 How do the nurse and Fr. Lawrence plan to help Romeo deal with the news of his banishment? What goal does Fr. Lawrence hope to accomplish, calling Romeo, “Unseemly woman in a seeming man, and ill- beseeming beast in seeming both!” Why does he insult Romeo to make him protect Juliet? What is to happen after Romeo is to, “Go, get thee to thy love, as was decreed?” How is Romeo comforted when the nurse presents him with, “... A ring [Juliet] bid me give you, sir?” What does the ring represent for Romeo and Juliet?

18 Capulet, although grieving for Tybalt, is planning Juliet’s marriage to Paris “Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender/Of my child’s love.” Paris and he agree that the couple should be married on Thursday (3 days later) “O’ Thursday, tell her,/She shall be married to this noble earl.”

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