What Happens at the End of “Romeo and Juliet”?

In “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, both Romeo and Juliet commit suicide under tragic circumstances. Juliet’s deceased body is discovered and deposited in the Capulet family tomb just prior to her marriage to Paris, a planned suitor. Romeo learns of Juliet’s death and travels to Verona with the intention of committing suicide and dying beside her.

Romeo runs into Paris in the Capulet family mausoleum. They engage in combat, and Romeo kills Paris. Romeo weeps over Juliet’s body, who, unbeknownst to him, is actually unconscious after Paris’s death. Juliet faked her own death to escape marrying Paris. Romeo was unaware of Juliet’s plot, however, because the telegram she sent to him did not arrive in time. Instead, Romeo learned only after the fact that Juliet had died, so he plans to commit a symbolic act of eternal love by dying by her side.

Romeo consumes his poison and dies, but Juliet soon awakens and finds Romeo dead by her side. The priest, who performed Romeo and Juliet’s wedding earlier in the play, begs Juliet to escape with him. Juliet refuses and stabs herself to death with Romeo’s blade. At the conclusion of the play, the two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets, unite in peace to lament the deaths of their young and beloved Romeo and Juliet.

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