Romeo and Juliet: Act 5, Scene 3

In the churchyard that night, Paris enters with the intention of scattering flowers on Juliet’s grave. Hearing a warning from his servant, he hides in the bushes, as Romeo and Balthasar enter, Romeo carrying a crowbar.

Romeo tells Balthasar that he needs to leave a ring that belonged to Juliet back in the tomb and tells him to leave, but Balthasar, unconvinced by Romeo, stays to watch what happens.

Paris, meanwhile, recognises Romeo and blames him for Juliet’s death, as he killed Tybalt and this caused Juliet to die. Paris thinks that Romeo must hate the Capulets so much that he has returned to desecrate the burial places of Tybalt and Juliet. Paris springs into action and begins to fight with Romeo. Romeo kills Paris and his final wish is to be buried with Juliet, which Romeo agrees to.

In the tomb, Romeo finds Juliet, who looks peaceful and wonders how she can still look so beautiful. He talks to her as he sips from the vial, kisses Juliet and then dies.

Friar Lawrence enters and sees Balthasar who tells him that Romeo is in the tomb. The friar enters the tomb and sees the dead bodies of Paris and Romeo before him. As he walks in, Juliet wakes up.

Juliet asks where Romeo is and the friar tells her that both Paris and Romeo are dead and that she must leave with him. Juliet refuses and when she sees the vial of poison that Romeo has drunk, she kisses him in the hope of poisoning herself, but it does not work.

Instead, she grabs Romeo’s dagger and says, “O happy dagger, this is thy sheath,” and stabs herself and she falls on Romeo’s body.

Everyone appears on the scene, with Montague saying that his wife has died over the grief of her exiled son. Friar Lawrence begins to tell the tale of Romeo and Juliet’s love and secret marriage. Balthasar gives the letter Romeo wrote to his father, which confirms the story.

The prince says that this tragedy is the result of the stupid feud between the Montagues and the Capulets and that he has lost two family members because of it, Mercutio and Paris. Capulet and Montague shake hands and agree to put the feud behind them. They agree to build gold statues of Romeo and Juliet.

The play ends with the line, there has never been “a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

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