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Major deaths in the climax of "Romeo and Juliet."


The major deaths in the climax of "Romeo and Juliet" are those of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo, believing Juliet to be dead, drinks poison. Juliet awakens, finds Romeo dead, and kills herself with his dagger. These tragic events mark the culmination of the misunderstandings and conflicts that have plagued the young lovers throughout the play.

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Who are the two people that die in the climax of "Romeo and Juliet"?

It entirely depends what you mean by 'climax'. The classical notion of a climax, usually thought to occur at the centre of a play (and usually a major event which entirely changes the course of events) is usually unhelpful in studying Shakespeare, because he refuses to play by generic rules!

Yet it does apply, in a sense, to Romeo and Juliet. Tybalt arrives to try and kill Romeo, but Mercutio steps in, and is hurt under Romeo's arm - at first, he seems to think it is only 'a scratch', but the wound turns out to be fatal. Romeo then murders Tybalt when Tybalt returns.

You might of course mean 'climax' as 'ending', or 'end-point', in which case the fairly obvious answer is that Romeo and Juliet both end up dead (as the prologue, which points to them as 'death-marked' lovers, promised at the very start of the play) - Romeo swallows the poison (which he bought from the apothecary) and Juliet, waking to find his body, tries to kiss his lips to poison herself, and then - that failing - stabs herself.

Yet they are not the only victims of the final act: Romeo, of course, kills Paris outside the tomb. Thus Shakespeare shows a generation of young people wiped out: Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris (and the bad quarto of the play even suggests that Benvolio has died!). It is, we might think, a realisation of the plague which Mercutio calls for as he makes his final exit.

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Who are the two people that die in the climax of "Romeo and Juliet"?

The climax in all Shakespearean tragedy always occurs in Act 3. Climax in this case can be defined as the point at which the initial conflict is resolved and the falling action (the action that occurs as a result of the initial conflict being resolved) begins. Up until this point, the two families, The Montagues and the Capulets have been feuding, and riots, started mostly by the younger generation, have been breaking out.

By the end of Act 3 this is no longer the important issue. Friar Lawrence has married Romeo and Juliet in an attempt to bring the families together, but to no avail. The primary instigators of the trouble die anyway.

Tybalt comes looking for Romeo, and when Romeo refuses to fight because he is now part of Tybalt's family, Mercutio fights to defend Romeo's honor.

Romeo, in an effort to stop the fight, steps between Tybalt and Mercutio, and Mercutio is accidentally stabbed and killed.

In a rage, Romeo pursues Tybalt and kills him, and Romeo is banished.

So now there is a new crop of problems, but the initial problem is resolved.

(Just to be clear--the two dead people are TYBALT and MERCUTIO.)

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Which two characters does Romeo kill in Romeo and Juliet?

While Romeo is the hero of Romeo and Juliet, he is a a tragic hero, which means that he does indeed commit acts that a romantic hero would not commit. Romeo does kill two young gallants, young noblemen all, one of whom roams the streets vexing the Prince because they insist upon venting the ire spurred by the family feuds surrounding them. An interesting question to accompany "Whom does Romeo kill?" is "What moral guilt Romeo bear for killing within the crucible of a family sanctioned feud?" The Prince seems to have this question for himself resulting in the royal edict that complicates Romeo's life in a way that leads to tragic ends for Romeo and Juliet and for all the mourners over their deaths.

In Act III, scene i, Benvolio warns Mercutio that, with "the Capulets abroad," they will not be able to escape a brawl with them. This foreshadows what is to come while also building suspense and developing the plot to bring in a tragic complication to the central conflict involving Romeo and Juliet. The debate Mercutio initiates as to Benvolio's character traits (given to false worry, hot tempered, and given to fighting)

    Thou art like one of those fellows that ... claps me his sword upon the table and says 'God send me no need of thee!'

    ... thou art as hot a Jack in thy mood as any in Italy, and as soon moved to be moody,

is a misdirected description of himself, as we see when, shortly following, Tybalt and his companions--of and loyal to the house of Capulet (feuding with and in opposition to the house of Montague)--enter and address the anxious Benvolio and the temperamental Mercutio who antagonizes at every opening between words so that Tybalt can neither ask his question nor keep his temper, being as hot tempered as Mercutio himself, as we saw at the ball when he would have drawn on Romeo when he was recognized as a Montague.

At this juncture, Romeo enters. Shakespeare has used Mercutio to build a fiery temper between the Capulet and Montague sides of the feud that is brought to a frothing frenzy when Tybalt calls Romeo a villain and that leads to Romeo's first slain victim. Romeo responds to Tybalt with love that Tybalt little understands and certainly in no degree accepts:

        Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee
        Doth much excuse the appertaining rage
        To such a greeting: villain am I none;
        Therefore farewell; I see thou know'st me not.

Tybalt responds by harkening to his remembrance of Romeo's mocking presence at the Capulet ball and responds by demanding that Romeo draw his sword and duel with him, presumably, in Tybalt's mind, to the death: "this shall not excuse the injuries / That thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw." Mercutio is incensed when Romeo shows "vile submission" by disregarding the challenge Tybalt has thrust down before Romeo to incite a duel. Mercutio rebukes Romeo for his response and, in his turn, challenges Tybalt to a duel. Sadly, the equally hot-headed Tybalt draws. Romeo dashes into the fray crying for Benvolio's help to separate the dueling Mercutio and Tybalt. In the confusion of swords--some fighting, some trying to "beat down" weapons--Mercutio is slain by Tybalt and, before he dies, curses both the houses of Capulet and Montague. Romeo, upon the return of Tybalt, swears vengeance upon him and they draw on each other, making Tybalt the first man Romeo slays:

for Mercutio's soul
Is but a little way above our heads,
Staying for thine to keep him company:
Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him.   

The Prince's edict banns Romeo to exile, rather than to have him slain as Tybalt slew first, which leads to the circumstances resulting in Romeo's second slaying of a man. Friar Laurence's plan to reunite Romeo and Juliet and to save Juliet from a polygamous marriage to Paris involves Romeo coming out of exile to meet Juliet at her would-be tomb in time to save her from real death as she rouses from virtual death.  

In Act V, scene iii, Paris, grieving at what he believes is Juliet's everlasting tomb, sees Romeo attempt to enter and, recognizing him as a loathed Montague, challenges him, denying him entrance. Romeo, of course, is adamantly persistent upon his entry, so he and Paris draw and fight. Paris falls as Romeo's sword slays him, making Paris the second man Romeo slays.

        O, I am slain!
        If thou be merciful,
        Open the tomb, lay me with Juliet.

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Which two characters does Romeo kill in Romeo and Juliet?

Romeo murders Tybalt in Act 3, Scene 1, following Tybalt's (presumably accidental) killing of Mercutio. Romeo then also kills Paris in Act 5, Scene 3, shortly before breaking into the tomb to find the (sleeping, presumed dead) body of Juliet.

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Who dies in act 5 of Romeo and Juliet?

Although Romeo is in a frenzy at the false news of Juliet's death in the first two acts of act 5, wanting to kill himself and buying poison to do so, no deaths occur in this act until scene 3, the final scene of the play.

Paris is the first to die. As Romeo comes to the Capulet crypt with a crowbar, planning to break in to see Juliet, Paris confronts him. The two have a sword fight that leaves Paris dead.

Breaking into the tomb, Romeo confronts what he believes is the dead body of Juliet. He speaks to her and tells her he loves her. He kisses her lips and then takes the poison he has purchased illegally from a starving apothecary. Romeo says,

O true apothecary,
Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.
Juliet awakens from her faked death to find Romeo's dead body and realizes their plans have gone awry. She notes his body is still warm and that he has poisoned himself. She kisses his lips as he kissed hers, then stabs herself to death with a dagger, saying,
O happy dagger,
This is thy sheath. There rust and let me die.
After the families discover of the dead lovers, we find out that Lady Montague died the night before from grief over Romeo's banishment, bringing the body count in act 5 to four people. Adding to that the deaths of Tyblat and Mercutio in act 3, the total death count brought on by the feud is six: five promising, lively young people and a woman of the older generation. This jolts the two families into understanding the great cost of the feud and the need to bring it to an end.

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