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romeo and juliet fight scene act 3 Like all the scenes with Mercutio and Benvolio, this scene takes place

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Introduction

Act 3 The Fight Scene Romeo & Juliet Like all the scenes with Mercutio and Benvolio, this scene takes place on the streets of Verona. Normally when Mercutio and Benvolio and seen on the streets they are just hanging out but this can sometimes lead to trouble as it does in Act 1 Scene 1. Benvolio seems aware that on such a hot roaming the streets might lead to trouble this can be clear show when he says to Mercutio 'I pray thee good Mercutio, lets retire. The day is hot and the Capels are abroad, and if we meet, we shall not 'scape a brawl,' Benvolio is aware that the riot in Act 1 involved the Capulet called Tybalt and that he is a troublemaker. Mercutio tease Benvolio but recalling his quarrelsome attitude 'Thou art lie on of these fellows that when he enters the confines of a tavern, claps me his sword upon the table, and says, 'God send me no need of thee;' and by the operation of the second cup, draws him on the drawer, when indeed there is no need.' ...read more.

Middle

Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt and this causes Mercutio, who was already seeking a fight, to call his refusal 'calm, dishonourable, vile submission.' And draw his sword upon Tybalt. Tybalt who was surprised about this asks Mercutio 'what wouldst thou have with me?' this shows how Tybalt was complete surprised that Mercutio wanted a fight, although some might interpret this as a mere dismissal because Mercutio is not worth fighting in Tybalt eyes. Either way Tybalt's fighting nature is not one to shy away from a fight. Mercutio obviously sees Romeo refusal to fight a cowardly act. Tybalt who accepts this challenges advance quite confidently, I say confidently because Tybalt says 'I am for you ' Romeo tries to make them stop, calling on Benvolio for help, There is a feeling Romeo relies on Benvolio as a peacemaker for 'Draw Benvolio, beat down their weapons' But Benvolio remains silent, most probably to avoid being involved because he doesn't want to be drawn into a fight. Romeo decides to take it into his own hand and step in to separate them, but as he steps in 'Tybalt under Romeo's arm, thrusts Mercutio in and flies' Mercutio immediately says 'I am hurt. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is another example of how fate plays against him. Mercutio ask Benvolio to help him into a house. Mercutio then curses the families once again. These strong words of Mercutio were his last. And this enrages Romeo. He believes that Mercutio only stepped in to fight Tybalt because he refused. So when Romeo sees Tybalt he is enraged 'He go in triumph, and Mercutio slain?' This contrast in attitude from his cowardly refusal to fight earlier on is quite significant, it drives him to fight Tybalt and eventually ends up with Tybalt dying. Benvolio advises Romeo to go because he is obviously aware of the Princes threat. And so this fate of Romeo killing his cousin can be seen as a coincidence or as Mercutio wish already taking effect. Either way Romeo is endanger of being executed. His blame fate for this 'I am fortunes fool' he feels like everything is working against him Benvolio is asked to explain what happened in front of the Prince. Benvolio explains that Romeo killed Tybalt because Tybalt killed Mercutio. Lord Montague pleads the Prince to not kill Romeo for he did what the law would have done. The Prince therefore exiles him. ...read more.

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