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Summary Act 4

Scene 1

Scene 1 takes place in the Friar's cell. Friar Laurence and Paris enter the scene discussing Paris's upcoming wedding. Friar Laurence tries to convince Paris to take longer than the two days. Juliet enters the scene and cleverly pushes aside Paris's attempts to speak of the wedding. Paris leaves the scene. Alone Juliet tells the Friar that she has no wish to marry Paris and would rather kill herself. The Friar then suggests that Juliet take a potion that will make hear appear dead and that he will let Romeo know of the plan.

Scene 2

Scene 2 takes place in the Hall of the Capulet's House. Capulet, Lady Capulet, the Nurse, and two servants enter the scene discussing serving plans. Juliet enters the scene and tells her father that she has decided she is happy to marry Paris. This makes Capulet very happy and he decides to move the wedding up a day. Lady Capulet complains that moving the wedding up a day will not give her enough time to prepare for the wedding. Capulet says everything will be fine.

Scene 3

Scene 3 takes place in Juliet's chamber. Juliet and her Nurse discuss the upcoming wedding. Lady Capulet enters the room and the three discuss the wedding. The Nurse and Lady Capulet leave. Juliet then considers killing herself with her dagger, but instead decides to take the friars potion hoping that his plan works. She takes the potion and falls asleep.

Scene 4

Scene 4 takes place in a hall in the Capulet house. Wedding decorations are everywhere and Lord Capulet is overseeing the finishing touches. Lady Capulet and the Nurse enter the scene and Lord Capulet tells the Nurse to go wake up Juliet.

Scene 5

Scene 5 takes place in Juliet's chamber. The Nurse enters the chamber and attempts to wake Juliet. After being unsuccessful the Nurse believes Juliet to be dead. She alerts the household and over the course of the scene Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Paris arrive to find out that Juliet is dead. Lord Capulet orders that the wedding decorations be changed to funeral directions.

William Shakespeare