Act 5, Scene 3

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“A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life."

A mourning Paris visits Juliet’s tomb. Romeo arrives, and the two begin a duel outside the vault, which ends in Paris’s death. When Romeo enters the tomb, he sees Juliet in a corpse-like state and launches into a long, sad speech, kisses her, and drinks his poison. Friar Lawrence enters, just a moment too late, and sees Romeo’s corpse lying beside not-dead Juliet. She wakes up, and Friar Lawrence attempts to convince her to flee the scene. But she won’t leave Romeo. She grabs the vial of poison, but there’s none left. Instead, she reaches for her dagger and then stabs herself. She dies by Romeo’s side. Not long after, the Prince, the Montagues, the Capulets, and several others arrive, horrified to see what has become of Romeo and Juliet. The Friar tells them the whole story. The Prince points out to the Montagues and the Capulets that this tragedy stemmed from their feud, and the two families agree to end their ancient grudge.


Character Interview: Romeo

MyShakespeare | Romeo & Juliet 5.3 Interview with Romeo


Character Interview: Friar Lawrence

MyShakespeare | Romeo & Juliet 5.3 Interview with Friar Lawrence


Character Interview: Juliet

MyShakespeare | Romeo & Juliet 5.3 Interview with Juliet


Character Interview: Montagues & Capulets

MyShakespeare | Romeo & Juliet 5.3 Interview with the Montagues and Capulets