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Summary Act 5

Scene 1

Scene 1 takes place in a street of Mantua. Romeo enters the scene reminiscing about a dream which he believes portends his reuniting with Juliet. Balthasar then enters the scene and informs Romeo that Juliet has died. Romeo purchases poison from an apothecary that he plans to use to kill himself and then leaves for Verona.

Scene 2

Scene 2 takes place in Friar Laurance's cell. Friar John enters the scene calling out to Friar Laurance who then enters the scene. Friar Laurance asks Friar John of his trip to Mantua. Friar John informs Friar Laurance that he was unable to travel to Mantua because of an outbreak of the plaque. Friar Laurance realizes that this could cause his plan to have problems and that Juliet will be leaving soon so he leaves knowing that Juliet will awaken from her potion soon.

Scene 3

Scene 3 takes place in a churchyard; in it a tomb belonging to the Capulets. Paris enters the scene followed by a Paige who is bearing a flower and a torch. Paris tells his Page to keep watch for other people. The page exits then whistles letting Paris know someone is approaching. Paris hides and sees Romeo and Balthasar enter the scene. Romeo tells Balthasar to leave, Blthatsar pretends to obey but hides. When Blthasar is gone Romeo enters the tomb.

Paris who has been watching from hiding thinks that Romeo intends to desecrate the tomb and moves to stop him. Romeo tries to tell Paris that he has no intention of descrating the tomb but Paris does not believe him and the two fight. Romeo kills Paris who in his dying breath requests to be laid next to Juliet. Romeo agrees and lays Paris's body next to Juliets.

After laying Paris's body next to Juliet's Romeo takes the poison he bought from the apothecary and dies. Friar Laurence arrives and meets Balthasar who tells the friar that Romeo has gone into the tomb. Friar Laurence enters the tomb and finds Romeo dead. Soon afterward Juliet awakens and finds Romeo dead. Destroyed Juliet tells the friar to leave. Juliet tries first to drink the poison, when she finds it empty she tries to kiss Romeo's lips to poison herself. When this does not work Juliet stabs herself in the heart and dies.

Shortly after her suicide a watchman arrives having been alerted by Paris's Page. Once the watchman arrives, the Prince, Lord and Lady Capulet, the Nurse, Lord Montague and others arrive and find the bodies of Romeo, Juliet, and Paris. Eventually Friar Laurence arrives and explains everything. The Prince then fines both the houses and tells everyone that the death of Romeo and Juliet should be a lesson to all that peace has brought to heavy of a price.

William Shakespeare