Act III Reading Notes
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What does Tybalt do as soon as he enters the scene?
He asks where to find Romeo because he wants revenge on Romeo for attending the Capulet party. Tybalt intends to challenge Romeo to a duel.
Who is the first to draw his sword?
What do Romeo's actions during the duel between Mercutio and Tybalt reveal about him?
Romeo does not want to fight; he wants to maintain peace between the Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo has married Tybalt's cousin, Juliet, in secret, so he is now related to Tybalt.
What happens to Mercutio?
He is slain by Tybalt.
What is Romeo's reaction to his friend's death?
He becomes angry and seeks revenge against Tybalt.
Who convinces Romeo to flee after Tybalt is slain?
What does Benvolio tell the Prince about what has just happened?
Benvolio gives the prince a truthful account of the events; he makes sure to explain that Romeo was trying to get Mercutio and Tybalt to remain calm.
Based on his actions, how can Benvolio best be described?.
He is peaceful and he thinks about actions and consequences.
To whom is Prince Escalus related?
Mercutio and Count Paris
What is Lady Capulet's idea of justice in this situation?
She believes that Romeo should be killed since he killed a Capulet.
What does the Prince decide should be Romeo's punishment?
What motivates this decision?
The prince seeks justice of this dead relative and the city of Verona.
As Juliet awaits her new husband, what news does the Nurse bring her?
The nurse informs Juliet "he is dead." Juliet believes that the Nurse is talking about Romeo.
How does Juliet react to the news that Romeo is banished?
Juliet becomes very upset and says that banishment is worse than her whole family dying. She cannot imagine Romeo being alive in the world and her not being able to be with him.
What does the Nurse finally declare she'll do to comfort Juliet?
She will go to Friar Laurence's cell and get Romeo. She will bring Romeo back to comfort Juliet.
What token does Juliet give to the Nurse to give to Romeo?
How does Romeo react to the news of his banishment?
He drops to the floor crying. He feels that banishment is worse than death because being banished means he will be alive to realize that he is without Juliet.
In what terms does Friar Laurence disagree with Romeo?
Friar Laurence believes that banishment is mercy. Friar Laurence thinks Romeo is acting crazy and irrational.
What does Romeo declare that "carrion-flies" may do that he may not?
See and kiss Juliet.
What is the Friar's advice to Romeo about his immediate course of action?
Go see Juliet for the night, but leave Verona before the morning watch finds you. Go to mantua and live. Friar Laurence will send Romeo's man with Verona news from time to time. Hopefully the Prince will pardon Romeo after some time, and then Romeo can come back to Verona.
What does Capulet think is making Juliet so miserable?
What is the message Lord Capulet tells his wife to give Juliet?
She is being married to Paris on Thursday.
What difference does it make whether the bird that Romeo and Juliet hear is the lark or the nightingale?
If the bird is the nightingale, then it is still night and Romeo can stay. If the bird is the lark, then the sun is rising and Romeo must leave Juliet.
Who has a premonition of bad fortune?
Juliet. She says Romeo looks pale as if in the bottom of a tomb.
What is Lady Capulet's current opinion of Romeo?
She believes Romeo is a villain, and she has a plan to send a servant to Mantua to poison Romeo.
How does Lord Capulet react when Juliet refuses to marry Paris? What threat does Capulet make to Juliet if she refuses to marry Paris on Thursday?
He reacts angrily. He says she can "hang, beg, starve, die in the streets" if she does not obey her father and marry Paris.
When Juliet turns to her Nurse for help, what response does she get?
The Nurse says that Juliet should just marry Paris and make peace with her family because Romeo is probably not coming back. At this point in the play, Juliet realizes that she can no longer trust the Nurse to help her.
At the end of Scene V, what do Juliet's words foreshadow?
Her death by suicide.
hate. Juliet abhors hearing Romeo's name and not being able to go and be with him.
misfortune; hardship; suffering. Friar Laurence tells Romeo that life's advertises can be eased through philosophical reflection.
harsh, unpleasant sound; lack of agreement or harmony Juliet tells Romeo that the lark makes a very unpleasant sound. This is a reflection of how she is feeling over him having to leave her and go to Mantua.
far apart; widely separated, Juliet feels as though she is living asunder from Romeo. She tells her mother that Romeo is many miles asunder.
speech or writing that is vivid, forceful, or persuasive. Juliet says that anyone who speaks Romeo's name speaks with eloquence.
Indicate: give a sign Friar Laurence tells Romeo that his wild acts indicate that he is a beast.
skilled with one's hands, Tybalt is described as having dexterity when it pertains to sword fighting.
Surrender. Mercutio calls Romeo's submission to Tybalt a "calm, honorable, vile submission."
What is the overall mood of Act III?
The mood turns from happy , loving, and light-hearted (Act II) to dark, somber, and threatening in Act III. The deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio begin the downward spiral of events and decisions that lead to Romeo and Juliet's suicides.
Shakespeare uses dramatic irony in Romeo and Juliet? What feeling might Shakespeare have wanted to create in audience members by using this technique?
Dramatic irony occurs when readers or audience members know something that a character does not know.
Examples of Dramatic Irony
1)Romeo telling Tybalt that he has reason to love him. 2)Romeo says, "This but begins the woe others must end."3) Juliet asks, "What storm is this what blows so contrary?" 4)Friar Laurence says, "Thou art wedded to calamity." (How does "wedded" have a double meaning?) 5)Juliet says that Romeo looks pale as if he were dead and in the bottom of a tomb. 6)Juliet tells her mother that she hates to hear Romeo's name and cannot go to him.7) Juliet says to her mother that she would rather marry Romeo than Paris.
What feeling might Shakespeare have wanted to create in audience members by using this technique?
Dramatic irony creates suspense for readers/audience members. Even though audience members know what is going to happen, they get excited speculating as to how the events will unfold.
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