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romeo and juliet who is responsible for the death of mercutio act 3 scene 1

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Introduction

Who is responsible for the death of Mercutio in Act 3 Scene 1? Act 3, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet is an important point in the play where Shakespeare creates a dramatic and action filled scene. I will examine this scene to see who is responsible for Mercutio's death. Act 3, Scene 1 is set in the streets of Verona and this sets the scene and creates a tense atmosphere as the Montague and the Capulet families are at war and have caused fights and violence on the streets before. At the beginning of the scene, Benvolio is trying to persuade Mercutio to go home as he is worried that if they meet the Capulets there will be a fight and they won't 'scape a brawl'. This helps to create more tension as we know what will happen if they meet with the Capulets. You could argue that if Mercutio had listened to Benvolio he wouldn't have died as he is trying to make Mercutio go home but he doesn't listen to him. Although Mercutio is always joking and makes fun of Benvolio and says 'Thou! why, thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more, or a hair less, in his beard, than thou hast: thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts', he is also up for a fight as his long speech about 'quarreling'shows. ...read more.

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Having just got married to Juliet, Romeo has just come from seeing her in Friar Lawrence's cell and is all loved up and turns up just as Mercutio is trying to start a fight with Tybalt. Shakespeare is making a contrast between the last scene where there was a peaceful and happy atmosphere where and this scene where there is lots of violent words and the atmosphere is tense. Tybalt starts on Romeo and tells him 'Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford No better term than this,--thou art a villain' but Romeo doesn't have a go back at him and makes excuses for Tybalt's anger by saying 'Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage'. You could argue that because Romeo is trying to come across as friendly to Tybalt by using this sort of language to him but he is making things worse. Tybalt who is angry about Romeo turning up at the Capulet's party thinks Romeo is making fun of him and doesn't understand why Romeo is saying that he loves him, although the audience know it's because he has just married his cousin Juliet and gets even angrier and says 'Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries That thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw'. ...read more.

Conclusion

three times as he is dying. Throughout the play Mercutio is seen as a bit of a joker who never takes anything seriously. His death is the first time that the audience hears him say something serious when he curses both families. You could argue that it is his own fault that he got killed as he was obviously ready for a fight with Tybalt before he even turned up. However, the audience will have sympathy with Mercutio as he is a funny character who is always joking and he was trying to protect Romeo from Tybalt. Romeo blames Tyblat for Mercutio's death because he says that he died because 'In my behalf; my reputation stain'd With Tybalt's slander'. However he does not blame himself and is so angry that Tybat has killed his friend that when Tyblat comes back he kills him in revenge. Fate plays a big part in what happens in Shakespeare's plays and in this scene you could argue that if Mercutio had listened to Benvolio and gone home then he wouldn't have died. You could also argue that if Romeo had told everyone that he had just married Juliet then the fight wouldn't have happened. But it might have happened anyway as Tybalt would be angry that Romeo had married his cousin as he hates the Montagues so much. ...read more.

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