Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Study Guide

Why is Benvolio trying to persuade Mercutio into going indoors? because it is hot outside and fears that they may get into a fight if they see the Capulets
When Tybalt sees Benvolio and Mercutio, who is he looking for? Romeo
How does Mercutio treat Tybalt when they meet? he insults Tybalt and tries to make him angry
Why doesn’t Romeo want to fight Tybalt? because he loves Juliet and being that they are married, they are now family
What happened when Romeo tried to stop the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio? Romeo ordered Tybalt and Mercutio to stop fighting and that didn’t work, so Romeo stood in between Tybalt and Mercutio . Tybalt sweeps his sword under Romeo’s arm and stabs Mercutio and is wounded
After Mercutio is wonded, he cries out “A curse to both your houses!” Who is Mercutio cursing? Romeo’s and Tybalt’s families, the Montague and Capulets
What does Mercutio mean when he curses both houses (families)? he knows that his death is because of their fighting and damns them both
Why does the prince announce that he has a personal interest in this fight? he is Mercutio’s cousin and the Prince ordered the two families to stop fighting and told them that who ever fought would be killed
What is Romeo’s punishment for killing Tybalt? Romeo must leave Verona and never come back or he will be killed
After Tybalt’s death, Juliet is sad and is angry at Romeo, what conflicting imagery does she use to describe Romeo? beautiful tyrantfiend angelicaldove-feathered ravendevilish angelwolf-killing lambhonorable villain
What literary device is she using when Juliet describes Romeo? oxymoron
What are Juliet’s emotions as she is describing Romeo using oxymorons? Juliet is feeling tricked by Romeo, she is upset that he could do such a horrible thing.
How do you know how Juliet feels? In the text, Juliet says, “Oh how can he hide such an evil heart with such a beautiful face?” This shows that Juliet doesn’t understand how Romeo could do such a horrible thing. She didn’t know that he was capable of doing it.
Why is Friar frustrated with Romeo? Friar doesn’t understand why Romeo us upset, he feels that he should be grateful the Prince didn’t have him killed. Friar tells Romeo that he should be happy that Juliet is alive and that Tybalt didn’t kill him. According to the law, Romeo should be killed, but instead the Prince banished him.
What is Friar’s plan to help Romeo deal with being banished? He tells Romeo to go see Juliet and tell her goodbye, but he must leave before the night guards come. When things settle down, Friar will tell everyone that Romeo and Juliet are married and will ask the Prince to pardon Romeo because he was just doing what the law told him to do. Friar will ask if Romeo can come back to Verona and he will let Romeo know what is going on by sending messages by his servant to Mantua.
How does this plan give Romeo hope for the future? It shows him that once things settle down in Verona, he will be able to come back and things will be back to normal
Is this an effective plan? Yes, it is a good plan. After things calm down and Friar tells everyone the truth, the Prince should understand that Romeo was following the law and didn’t do anything wrong.
What does Juliet mean when she says she wishes that “a driver like Phaeton” would chase the sun from the sky? Phaeton was the son of Phoebus the Greek sun god who controlled the sun. Juliet wishes the daylight would hurry up and be over so that night will come and she will see Romeo again.
What does the tale of Phaeton and Phoebus teach us? That death can result from youthful passion and impatience. Romeo and Juliet’s passion and impatience will lead to their death.
Juliet says, “There was a word, worse than Tybalt’s death, that murdered me.” The word she fears is banished or exile
How does Juliet feel about the word banished and exiled? It means that Romeo is gone forever and she has lost everything
The Nurse tries to comfort Juliet by making what promise? she will find Romeo and bring him to her
Why does Romeo feel that banishment is such a terrible punishment? Because he can no longer stay in Verona. He no longer has the protection of Verona and is now alone in the world and he can no longer be with Juliet
What is Romeo’s mood when he finds out about his punishment? angryprayerfulhopefuluncontrolledsuicidal
How does the Nurse save Romeo? When Romeo tries to stab himself with the dagger, the Nurse grabs it from him
According to Friar, what are three things that Romeo should be thankful for? Juliet is aliveTybalt didn’t kill himRomeo wasn’t sentenced to death, he was banished
What three things does Friar tell Romeo to do to give him courage and hope? Romeo should go to Juliet and comfort her and leave her room before daybreak (morning)Romeo must go to Mantua where he will be safeLater, Romeo and Juliet will announce to everyone that they are married, ask the Prince for forgiveness and reconcile their families
Why does Lord Capulet want Juliet to marry Paris? because Paris is wealthy and would take good care of Juliet
Why does Lord Capulet change his mind and agrees to allow Paris to marry Juliet without her approval? because he believes that his daughter loves him and will do what he says; he also believes that Juliet will be happy with Paris
Juliet will marry Paris on what day? Thursday
Juliet says to Romeo, “It was the nightingale, not the lark, that sang in your apprehensive ear. . . Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.” Explain why Romeo and Juliet would rather hear the nightingale sing than the lark. The nightingale represents night and the lark represents morning. Romeo must leave or he will be killed, so they don’t want to hear the lark sing
As Romeo leave, Juliet has a feeling of doom, what does she see that frightens her? she sees Romeo lying dead at the bottom of a tomb
Lady Capulet tells Juliet that in order to get revenge for Tybalt’s death, she will do what? find someone in Mantua who will poison Romeo, she wishes that he was dead so that he will keep Tybalt company
What does Lord Capulet say when Juliet tells him that she will not marry Paris? Juliet is ungratefulIf she disobeys him, she will die in the streetsHe wants to hit herHe and his wife have been cursed by having her as their daughter
What advise does Nurse give Juliet? to consider Romeo dead and marry Paris
When Juliet hears the Nurse’s advice, she says, “You and my real feelings are separated now and forever.” What does she mean? Juliet feels that the Nurse gave her bad advice and doesn’t understand how she really feels, so she will no longer confide in her nurse.
What does Juliet decide to do? go see the Friar to get some advice, if that doesn’t work, she will commit suicide (kill herself)
Who says, “This day’s black fate casts a shadow on the future. This is only the beginning of the sorrow to come.” Romeo
Who says, “My wretched body will return to earth. I’ll end my life here an Romeo and I can share one grave.” Juliet
Who says, “Oh God, I have a feeling of doom! I think I see you, as you are now, but like a dead person in the bottom of a tomb.” Juliet

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