Act 3, Scene 3 Notes from Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Act 3, Scene 3

Romeo enters hiding in Friar Laurence's cell. The friar comes in and informs Romeo that the Prince has banished him from Verona. Romeo does not take this very well, for he considers banishment equal to death. He grieves over the thought of not being able to see Juliet: "'Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here,/ Where Juliet lives; and every cat and dog/ And little mouse, every unworthy thing,/ Live here in heaven and may look on her;/ But Romeo may not." Act 3, Scene 3, lines 29-33

Topic Tracking: Misery 6

Nurse arrives and tells Romeo that Juliet is miserable over the fact that he is banished from Verona. Romeo too is miserable, and tries to kill himself. The friar dissuades him from killing himself. He tells Romeo to go and see Juliet and comfort her. He also tells Romeo to leave before dawn, and make for the city of Mantua, where he will stay until all things in Verona have been settled. Romeo agrees and leaves to see Juliet. All exit.

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