Summary of the Acts (Romeo and Juliet)

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  • Summary of the Acts
    • ACT 1
      • 1. The Montagues and Capulets have a fight. The Prince stops it.
      • 2. Romeo tells Mercutio that he is unhappy because Rosaline doesn't love him.
      • 3. Paris asks Capulet about whether he can marry Juliet. He says that he will think about it. He throws a party.
      • 4. Mercutio is invited to the party but Romeo and Benvolio aren't so they gatecrash the party.
      • 5. Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. They talk and kiss without knowing that they are enemies. They soon find out.
    • ACT 2
      • 1. Romeo goes to find Juliet. She is at her window talking aloud about how she likes Romeo. He overhears and goes to talk to her. They decide to get married.
      • 2. Romeo goes to ask Friar Lawrence for help. He agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet.
      • 3. Romeo meets his friends (Benvolio and Mercutio). They make fun of the Nurse when she bring a message to Romeo from Juliet.
      • 4. The Nurse tells Juliet that the wedding has been arranged for this afternoon.
      • 5. Romeo and Juliet get married in secret.
    • ACT 3
      • 1. Julliet's cousin, Tybalt, kills Mercutio. Romeo kills Tybalt in revenge. The Prince banishes Romeo from Verona as a punishment.
      • 2. Romeo and Juliet spend the night together. Romeo leaves Verona in the morning.
    • ACT 4
      • 1. Capulet tells Juliet that she is to marry Paris in two days time whether she likes it or not. She can't do that as she is already married to Romeo.
      • 2. Juliet asks Friar Lawrence for help. He has a plan.
      • 3. Juliet fakes her death by drinking a sleeping potion. Friar Lawrence sends a letter to Romeo telling him to rescue Juliet when the potion wears off.
      • 4. The Capulets think that Juliet is dead so they bury her in the family tomb.
    • ACT 5
      • 1. The letter does not reach Romeo. He hears that Juliet is dead so he heads for the tomb to kill himself.
      • 2. Paris sees Romeo going into the tomb. They fight and Romeo kills Paris.
      • 3. Romeo lies next to Juliet and drinks the potion.
      • 4. Friar Lawrence finds out that Romeo did not get the letter. He goes to the tomb and arrives just as Juliet awakes.
      • 5. Friar Lawrence does not want to be in trouble for Romeo's death so he tries to escape with Juliet. Juliet does not want to come with him so Friar Lawrence leaves her and runs away.
      • 6. Juliet is alone. She sees Romeo dead so she kils herself.
      • 7. Everyone arrives at the tomb. The watchmen bring Friar Lawrence back and he tells everyone what happened.
      • 8. The Capulets and Montagues realise that the feud has caused their children's deaths. They make peace.


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