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I would like a timeline of the day by day events in Romeo and Juliet. 

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Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:22 PM via web

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I would like a timeline of the day by day events in Romeo and Juliet.

 

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shakespeareguru | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 13, 2011 at 7:51 PM (Answer #1)

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Day One:

  • Tybalt, Benvolio and Capulet/Montague servants are caught fighting in the streets by the Prince.
  • Romeo confesses to Benvolio that he loves, but is not loved in return by, Rosaline.
  • Capulet encourages Paris to come to his feast to see and woo Juliet.
  • Romeo and Benvolio find out about the feast from Capulet servant.
  • Juliet is informed by her mother that Paris will be at the feast and that he wants to marry her.
  • Romeo and friends prepare to go to the feast, but he has a funny feeling that something bad is going to happen.
  • Everyone attends the feast and Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love.
  • Romeo is teased by his friends after they leave the feast, and then he, in Capulet's orchard, happens under Juliet's window and they talk and plan to marry.

Day Two:

  • Romeo asks the Friar to marry him to Juliet.
  • Mercutio teases the Nurse in the streets, who has come to find out the plan for the marriage.
  • The Nurse tells Juliet of Romeo's plan.
  • Romeo and Juliet are wed.
  • Mercutio and Tybalt fight.  Mercuito is killed.  Romeo avenges Mercutio and kills Tybalt and then flees.
  • The Prince banishes Romeo.
  • The Nurse tells Juliet that her cousin is dead at Romeo's hands.
  • The Friar tells Romeo about his banishment and that he must go and comfort his wife and then flee to Mantua.
  • Capulet seals the marriage contract with Paris.

Day Three:

  • Romeo and Juliet bid farewell to each other.
  • Lady Capulet tells Juliet that her father intends her to wed Paris.
  • Capulet threatens Juliet -- If she refuses to wed Paris she can "starve" or "die in the streets."
  • The Nurse advises Juliet to marry Paris.
  • Juliet goes to the Friar for remedy, prepared to kill herself if he gives her no aid.
  • Juliet meets Paris at the Friar's.
  • The Friar gives Juliet the potion of "fake death" to take and convince everyone that she is dead, so that she can run away to Romeo.
  • Juliet apologizes to her father, and pretends to her mother and the Nurse that she plans to marry Paris.
  • She takes the potion.

Day Four:

  • The Nurse finds Juliet's body, and is joined to mourn her by Capulet, Lady Capulet, the Friar and Paris.
  • In Mantua, Romeo learns of Juliet's "death," and buys a poison from the Apothecary to kill himself at Juliet's tomb.
  • The Friar finds out that Friar John couldn't get word to Romeo of Juliet's fake death.
  • Paris arrives at Juliet's tomb to strew her with flowers.
  • Romeo arrives, is attacked by Paris and kills Paris.
  • Romeo kills himself over Juliet's body.
  • The Friar arrives and cannot convince the awakened Juliet to leave.
  • Juliet hears others arriving and kills herself.
  • The Prince, Lord Capulet and Lord Montague arrive to find the lovers dead and the Friar explains his part in the tragedy.
  • The Prince pronounces all "punished" by the tragic event.

For a summary of events and more on the theme of time in the play, please follow the links below.

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