Romeo and Juliet

  • Apr 20, 1303

    Act 1, Scene 1

    The scene begins when two servants of House Capulet, Sampson and Gregory, pick a fight with two servants of House Montague, Abraham and Balthasar. The fight escalates, only to be broken up by the Prince, who says that the next fight the two houses start, they will both be excecuted.
  • Apr 20, 1303

    Act 1, Scene 2

    Paris, relative of the prince, asks Lord Capulet for Juliet, Capulet's daughter, to marry. Capulet believes that Juliet is two young for marriage, and doesn't strike a deal with Paris. However, he does invite Paris to a party he is having that night. Meanwhile, Romeo accidentally reads an invitation to the Capulets' party, and decides to go, despite the dangers of a Montague being discovered at a Capulet party.
  • Apr 20, 1303

    Act 1, Scene 3

    In this scene, Juliet speaks with Lady Capulet and her nurse. Lady Capulet tries to convince her to marry Paris, and the Nurse agrees, calling him a "man of wax." Juliet is not sure about this, but nonetheless she says she will try to like Paris at the party.
  • Apr 20, 1303

    Act 1, Scene 4

    Romeo is on the way to the party along with his friends Mercutio and Benvolio. Romeo seems disturbed by a dream he had. Mercutio mocks him for this, going on about a "Queen of the faeries" known as Queen Mab. After Mercutio's tirade, Romeo reveals that his dream symbolizes death and death only.
  • Apr 20, 1303

    Act 1, Scene 5

    At the Capulet's manor, Romeo spots Juliet, and immediately falls in love. At the same time, Tybalt recognizes Romeo's voice and goes to tell Lord Capulet, planning to kill the Montague. Capulet tells Tybalt to leave Romeo be. The scene ends with Romeo flirting with Juliet, and they kiss. Twice.
  • Apr 20, 1303

    Act 2, Scene 1

    Romeo, after being mocked by Mercutio and Benvolio, decides to hide from them while at the same time hoping to find Juliet. He sees her from her balcony confessing her feelings for Romeo to thin air. After listening for a while, Romeo steps out of the shadows to tell Juliet he's there. They talk and decide to marry each other as soon as possible.
  • Apr 21, 1303

    Act 2 Scene 3

    The next morning, Romeo goes to see his friend, Friar Laurence, in hopes of convincing him to marry him to Juliet. Friar Laurence agrees, hoping it will end the feud between the Montagues and Capulets, but it is also skeptical, as Romeo loved Rosaline only a day ago.
  • Apr 21, 1303

    Act 2, Scene 4

    Romeo is happy again, having fun with Mercutio and Benvolio. The Nurse appears and instantly becomes the subject of sexual harrassment. Romeo tells the Nurse to tell Juliet that they shall marry at Friar Laurence's cell the very afternoon.
  • Apr 21, 1303

    Act 2, Scene 5

    Juliet has been waiting three hours for the promised word from Romeo. The Nurse arrives back and makes Juliet's anxiety more intense by refusing to answer the direct questions Juliet asks. She finally delivers the message that Juliet is to meet Romeo at Friar Laurence's cell that afternoon, where the wedding will be performed.
  • Apr 21, 1303

    Act 2, Scene 6

    At the Friar's cell, Romeo is ecstatic for the wedding, but is cautioned by Friar Laurence to be moderate. Juliet shows up and they confess their love for each other. The wedding takes place off stage.
  • Apr 21, 1303

    Act 3, Scene 1

    Mercutio and Benvolio are talking in the streets. Tybalt appears, looking to fight Romeo. Mercutio provokes him, and Romeo appears at the exact moment. Tybalt decides to fight Mercutio instead. Romeo tries to intervene, but to no avail, Tybalt stabs Mercutio, ending his life. Romeo runs after Mercutio, who he kills. Romeo can no longer return to Verona, lest he be killed on sight.
  • Apr 21, 1303

    Act 3, Scene 2

    Juliet says a soliloquy about her feelings for Romeo, and the Nurse comes in to tell her of Tybalt's death and Rome's banishment. Juliet grieves, but the Nurse says she will arrange one last meeting between the two.
  • Apr 21, 1303

    Act 3, Scene 3

    Romeo is hiding out at Friar Laurence's cell, where he is grieving of having to leave Juliet. The nurse appears to tell Romeo of the grief Juliet is going through. Then, the Friar suggests that Romeo leaves for Mantua in the morning after spending the night with Juliet.
  • Apr 21, 1303

    Act 3, Scene 4

    While Romeo is upstairs in the Capulet manor with Juliet, Paris is talking with Lord Capulet downstairs. They decide Juliet shall marry Paris on Thursday. Little do they know, Juliet is in fact married. And she and her husband are sealing the deal at the very moment.
  • Apr 22, 1303

    Act 3, Scene 5

    Romeo wakes in the morning and leaves for Mantua. After he's gone, Lady Capulet enters Juliet's room recounting her own version of the fight the day before. She tells Juliet that she is to marry Paris on Thursday.
  • Apr 22, 1303

    Act 4, Scene 1

    Juliet goes to the Friar's cell seeking help. He agrees to help, giving her a potion that will fake her death. He will then write to Romeo in Mantua to return to Verona in the dead of night to retrieve Juliet from the Capulet's tomb. They two will then return to Mantua.
  • Apr 22, 1303

    Act 4, Scene 2

    Capulet moves the wedding to Wednesday because of Juliet's sudden happiness. At the end of the scene, Juliet takes the potion and falls to her bed, seemingly dead.
  • Apr 23, 1303

    Act 4, Scene 4

    Not much happens this scene, just preparations for the wedding. Nothing actually relevant to the story.
  • Apr 23, 1303

    Act 4, Scene 5

    The Nurse tries waking Juliet, but she cannot. They think she is dead. The wedding turns into a funeral as the Capulets lay Juliet into the tomb.
  • Apr 23, 1303

    Act 5, Scene 1

    Balthasar mistakingly brings Romeo the news of Juliet's death. He decides to find an apothecary and drink a poison so he can "lie with Juliet."
  • Apr 23, 1303

    Act 5, Scene 3

    Romeo goes to the tomb in the dead of night, to find Paris mourrning her death. Romeo kills him on sight. He looks for Juliet and finds her, dead looking. He drinks the posion and dies himself. Not long after, Juliet wakes up and sees a dead Romeo on the ground. She takes Romeo's knife and cuts her stomach. The play ends with the Prince proclaiming "For there never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo."