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Who is most to blame for the deaths in Act III, Scene I?

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7th October 2008. Romeo & Juliet coursework Who is most to blame for the deaths in Act III, Scene I? The play Romeo and Juliet is based in a town called Verona, which is in Italy. During the time Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet society was male dominated. Women had no real rights, they were merely expected to get married and have children. Many marriages had been arranged since the woman was a child, and they didn't have a say on who they married (especially if they came from a wealthy family). The significance of Romeo and Juliet in modern day terms is that it shows no matter what culture or background a person comes from it doesn't mean they can't put there differences aside and be together. In this piece of coursework, I shall be explaining who I think is most to blame for the death of Mercutio and Tybalt in Act 3 Scene 1. To do this, I shall examine the roles Benvolio, Mercutio, Romeo and Tybalt each play in the scene, and discuss each character. ...read more.

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They joke between each other about how quarrelsome Benvolio really is, even if he does say he doesn't want to fight. Through out the scene, Benvolio's role and attitude does not change. He is still acting as the peace keeper when he says to Tybalt and Mercutio: "We talk here in the public haunt of men; Either with draw unto some private place, Or reason coldly of your grievances, Or else depart; here all eyes gaze on us." This shows that Benvolio is still trying to prevent a fight from breaking out, and people seeing it. This is because earlier on in Romeo and Juliet, the Prince had specifically warned both the Montague's and the Capulet's that if they were caught fighting in public again, there would be severe consequences. A further indication that Benvolio is acting as the peace keepers is towards the end of the scene when he is talking to the Prince about what happened. Benvolio tells the Prince about how Tybalt had came looking for Romeo to have a fight with him, but Mercutio had stepped in and been killed, so seeking revenge Romeo had killed Tybalt. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is Mercutio, who is rude and aggressive. Therefore I believe that Mercutio is the aggressor in this scene, and he makes the situation worse than it would have been had he not been there. For this reason I think all of the blame should be placed upon Mercutio for his death. Tybalt: When Tybalt first enters Act 3 scene 1, he is polite towards the Montague's asking to speak to one of them about Romeo gate crashing the Capulet's party. However, when Romeo enters Tybalt becomes very aggressive towards him. Tybalt insults Romeo by calling him a villain: "Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford No better term than this - thou art a villain." Tybalt also refers to Romeo as a as a boy. "Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries That thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw." By doing this Tybalt is putting Romeo down and trying to get a reaction from him. By using these words it shows the audience the hatred Tybalt has for Romeo. Tybalt actions and attitude towards Romeo are typical of the way he acts. Through out the play Tybalt has been aggressive ...read more.

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