Romeo and Juliet Act 5

What is Romeo’s mood at the beginning of Scene 1? Romeo is anxious for news from Verona and Juliet, asking Balthasar, “News from Verona!-How now Balthasar?… How doth my lady? Is my father well? How doth my Juliet…” (5.1.13-17)
What causes Romeo’s mood to change quickly? His mood changes so quickly because he learns that Juliet is “dead.”
What does Romeo mean when he says, “Then I defy you, stars!” Romeo means that he is denying fate and fate’s hold on him.
What arguments does Romeo use in persuading the Apothecary to sell him a dram of poison? Romeo argues that the Apothecary needs the money, saying that the Apothecary has “a beggarly account of empty boxes” (5.1.48) and that the Apothecary is not friends with the world, saying “The world is not thy friend, nor the world’s law.” (5.1.76)
Why has Friar John been unable to deliver Friar Lawrence’s letters? The people in Mantua thought Friar John had the plague, so they quarantined him.
After hearing this news from Friar John, what does Friar Lawrence intend to do? Friar Lawrence intends to go to the tomb and wait for Juliet to wake up, and then take her to his cell until Romeo comes.
Why is Paris at Juliet’s tomb? Paris is at Juliet’s tomb mourning her “death” and to place flowers at the tomb.
Romeo gives Balthasar two reasons for entering the Capulet’s tomb. What are those two reasons? Romeo tells Balthasar that he’s going in to look for Juliet and to “take thence from her dead finger/a precious ring…” (5.3.30-31)
Why does Paris think that Romeo has come to the tomb? Paris thinks Romeo came to the tomb to ruin Tybalt and Juliet’s bodies.
What is it about Juliet that should have told Romeo that she was not dead? Romeo noticed that Juliet is “crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks,” (5.3.95) which should have made him realize she was not, as when people are dead they appear grey and pale.
What does Friar urge Juliet to do after she awakens? to leave
Why doesn’t Friar Lawrence stay in the tomb with Juliet? Juliet hears noises and the watch coming.
How does Juliet first attempt to end her life and join her husband in death? Juliet attempts to intake some of the poison from Romeo’s lips by kissing her.
How does she eventually achieve her aim? She stabs herself.
When Montague first arrives at the scene, what does he tell those gathered? He tells the people that gathered “my wife is dead tonight/grief of my son’s exile hath stopped her breath.” (5.3.218-219)
Relate the events that lead to Romeo and Juliet’s death as told by Friar Lawrence near the play’s end. Friar Lawrence recounts Romeo and Juliet being married, Tybalt’s death, Romeo’s banishment, the poisoning of Romeo and the death of Juliet. Friar Lawrence also says that he came up with the plan to get Juliet out of her marriage with her Paris.

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