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romeo and juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet There is hardly anybody in the English speaking world who doesn't know of Romeo and Juliet, who were the only children of sworn enemies. Sadly, their love ended in tragedy when they both took their own lives. One important event that led to the tragic ending was the death Mercutio and Tybalt in Act 3 Scene 4. I will be examining and comparing the main characters before apportioning the blame on each character. At the start of the scene in a public place Benvolio was very worried about meeting the Capulets and begged Mercutio to leave. When Benvolio said "these hot days is the mad blood stirring" the word "hot" represented the potential rage which was to be found in Mercutio "blood" seemed to be a premonition of the real blood that about to be spilt... Benvolio knew his friend Mercutio very well, he did not take any offence to what Mercutio said and accepted him for who he is. After Mercutio had thrown in lots of accusations at Benvolio, he simply replied, "And I were so apt to quarrel as thou art, any man should/ buy the fee-simple of my life for an hour and a quarter." It predicted Mercutio's death. Benvolio seemed to realise that Mercutio was going to get it trouble. When Tybalt arrived, Benvolio was not involved in the fight. ...read more.

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Evidence to suggest this is when challenged to fight, Tybalt replied: "you shall find me apt enough to do that, sir, and you will give me occasion" This also hinted of Tybalts intention to fight Mercutio. His attitude changed immediately at Romeo's arrival. He became more direct. (No "good den" this time) and when he said "the love I bear thee can afford" the word "love" meant hate. Tybalt insulted Romeo straight away, calling him "villain" a term used to address servants. When this didn't work, Tybalt got straight to the point "turn and draw" and ordered Romeo to take out his sword. Tybalt desperately wanted to fight. It was typical of Tybalt to be hot-headed and violent and an excess of pride is one of his other traits. "patience perforce with wilful choler meeting/ Makes my flesh tremble...I will withdraw ...this intrution shall...convert to bitt'rest gall " Act 1 scene 5. Evidence in Act 1 also showed that he hated reasoning. "I hate the word". Although there was evidence in the film we saw that their fight wasn't serious. "Mercutio: nothing but one of your nine lives that I mean to make bold withal" Tybalt should be apportioned the majority of the blame because killing someone, even in an accident, is a serious offence. There were no signs of aggression in Romeo's behaviour at the start of the scene. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Benvolio begged him to leave before he was caught, Romeo blamed fate, and called himself "fortunes fool" A lack of thought for the consequences of his action caused Romeo to follows the prompting of passion rather than to listen to reason. Lady Capulet put all the blame on Romeo but he was her enemy so her opinion shouldn't be trusted. When Benvolio gave the Prince a recount of the events, he biased his account in Romeo's favour. Although Romeo did "speak Tybalt fair" he had not mentioned the Prince's displeasure. So there is some truth in what lady Capulet said. Montague blamed Tybalt but he was in the same situation as lady Capulet. Neither of them saw the fighting and both were biased in favour of their own family. His opinion shouldn't be trusted either. The Prince blamed everyone in a way. "your rude brawls " He meant the conflict between the families. I agree with him. Mercutio was to blame for starting the fight, and Tybalt was responsible for killing Mercutio. They should be apportioned most of the blame because it was their careless actions that started what had followed. Romeo was responsible for killing Tybalt so he should also be blamed. Benvolio was least to blame because he always tried to make peace. Although Tybalt, Mercutio and Romeo were directly responsible for what happened. It is the ancient feud between the Montagues and the Capulets that really began the chain of tragic events. If the feud had not existed, none of this would have ever happened. ...read more.

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