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Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 3

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Introduction

Act Three Scene One In the beginning of this scene Tybalt becomes aggravated, as does Mercutio. Tybalt and Mercutio engaged in a verbal conflict. Tybalt accuses Mercutio of "consort'st with Romeo". This is an insult implying that Mercutio belongs to a company of travelling minstrels. This insult offends Mercutio's masculine honour; the theme of masculine honour is prevalent throughout this production. Mercutio responds with a show of his "fiddlestick" meaning his sword, turning the insult into a threat of physical conflict. He is angry and will fight if necessary. He backs up this with a violent oath of "zounds". Romeo now enters. ...read more.

Middle

Romeo refuses to give in to petty insults. At this point his love for Juliet prevents him from responding likewise to Tybalt's calls of "villain" and other various verbal attacks. It is soon made apparent that there will be a fight between Tybalt and Mercutio. Mercutio claims that he will "dry beat the rest of the eight" of Tybalt's "nine lives", Tybalt responds to the challenge with "I am for you". The pair then fight. Romeo tries to put a stop to the fighting reminding the men that the prince of Verona has forbidden conflict between the two rival families. While Romeo is pleading his case Tybalt takes advantage and stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo flies into a rage: his anger gets the better of him. Another fight ensues, this one between Romeo and Tybalt. Romeo slays Tybalt and runs away for fear of reprisal. Now the citizens of Verona arrive just as Romeo is gone. Benvolio gives his account of what happened to the prince who has come to see what is going on. Benvolio's hatred gets the better of him and he blames Tybalt totally for what transpired even though we, as the audience know that both men were a part of the conflict that led to the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio. Conflict is a very large part of this scene. It starts with simple insults being exchanged; this verbal conflict then leads to physical conflict. This trend can be observed in other sections of the play. By Mike Weston ...read more.

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