How did Romeo react when he found out he was banished from Verona by the Prince in Act 3 Scene 3

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In Act III, Scene 3, Romeo is informed by Friar Lawrence that he has been banished, instead of being sentenced to death, for killing Tybalt.  The Friar is trying to console Romeo by telling him that the punishment of banishment is far better than death when he says, in part, "Be patient, for the world is broad and wide" (3.3.17).  He is attempting to convince Romeo that there are many places for Romeo to live in and explore.  Romeo, however, wants no part of it.  "There is no world without Verona walls/But purgatory, torture, hell itself./Hence "banished" is "banished from the world," (3.3.18-20).  Romeo does not wish to have a life outside the walls of Verona because this would mean a life without Juliet. Romeo would rather die than to be without Juliet.  Romeo's initial response is,"Ha, banishment?  Be merciful, say  "death,"/For exile hath more terror in his look,/Much more than death. Do not say "banishment" (3.3.13-15).  He further goes on to state that "Heaven is here/Where Juliet lives," (3.3.31-32) and then later, throws himself on the ground before the Nurse arrives looking for him.  Although the Prince has decided that Romeo should be exiled instead of being killed, Romeo is distraught to learn of this news and does not see this as good news.

I think Romeo is angry, but distressed and truly heartbroken that he has been banished. He says "every cat and dog and little mouse, every unworthy thing live in heaven and may look on her (Juliet) but Romeo may not" 
This thought, being taken away from his love, pains him, especially as he knows the people who have been the cause of this separation, can still see his Juliet whenever they please.

He cries out "Tis torture and not mercy!" Tortue. Think of how that word affects the feelings in your body when you say it. 
It is torture. He loves Juilet so much that his body, heart and mind feel "tortured" at the thought that they can not be near her.
This makes him angry, teeth seething I think and a clenched jaw.

He then hatches a plan and this excitement of the success his plan should bring. He will have his Juliet.

All this shows that whilst he is angry and upset at beign banished. He doesn't mind being banished, as such. He is angry and upset because this banishment means that he can not be near Juliet.

charlierocks14 | Student

Romeo responds to the friar in solemn tones and says, "Ha, banishment?  Be merciful, say 'death'." He is heartbroken, but Friar Lawrence tries to encourage him to roam elsewhere.  Romeo will not give up his beloved Juliet; however, and begins to hatch his plan.

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