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In Act III, Scene 3, Romeo is extremely upset about Prince Escalus' decision to banish him. In the scene which takes place in Friar Laurence's cell, Romeo expresses that he would rather die than be banished because to be exiled will mean that he will not be able to be with Juliet.
Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say 'death';
For exile hath more terror in his look,
Much more than death. Do not say 'banishment.'
Romeo's disillusion is not only derived from his banishment, but also in his belief that Juliet thinks of him as a murderer for killing her cousin Tybalt. Romeo questions the Nurse about Juliet.
Speakest thou of Juliet? How is it with her?
Doth not she think me an old murderer,
Now I have stained the childhood of our joy
With blood removed but little from her own?
Where is she? and how doth she? and what says
My concealed lady to our canceled love?
Although Romeo is weeping and feeling melancholy, Friar Laurence shakes Romeo into reality by making him aware that he has been given an opportunity and that the Prince could have made a more extreme and final decision. Friar Laurence counsels Romeo about how to deal with his situation in a practical manner. Romeo's passion seems to outweigh his reason in many parts of the play. This scene is no different in this respect.
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