Romeo is neither worried nor unhappy, he is just madly in love with Juliet. As we find out later, not even a few words from Tybalt can displease his loving mood. It is only when his friend and Tybalt start fighting, his happy and loving mood soon turns into anger and despair.
This one scene in the play turns the whole story around. The day is hot and both the Capulets and the Montagues are hot and bothered and even bored.
Even nowadays hot weather always seems to frustrate and anger people and this is exactly what happens in this scene. Mercutio who is a good friend to Romeo, but is always the one that creates and ends up in trouble, finds himself in a dual with Tybalt, of the Capulets. Romeo enters just before they start to fight. Ironically Romeo tries to stop the fight but actually helps Tybalt kill Mercutio. How does he help?
“Gentlemen, for shame forbear this outrage!” said Romeo [III.
Romeo chases after Tybalt, they both dual and Tybalt falls. What happens after these terrible events changes the whole play. The Prince exiles Romeo from Verona and into Mantua he has to live. This one speech by the Prince has a huge impact on the play. Romeo is banished, he will no longer be able to visit Juliet, which creates frustration and tension between their relationship, as we find out later on in the play.
I think when the Prince banished Romeo, the audience, in those days, would have been disappointed because they would have liked to see blood and gore, just as when Mercutio and Tybalt died.
The only reason why people remember III.I, I think, is because Mercutio and Tybalt both died. I don’t think they really remember it as the turning point of the play,
“Immediately we do exile him hence” [III.I.178]
The audience in those days would have preferred for Romeo to die, and so would Lady Capulet, Lady Capulet says,
“Romeo must not live” [III.I.172].
Not only is it Lady Capulet who wants him to be killed, but Romeo himself wants to die because he will never be able to see Juliet again. This is a huge turning-point because both Romeo and Juliet lose their will to live. Romeo feels that he cannot live without being with Juliet.
In those days the audience would have expected death for Romeo, so I think they would have been disappointed to hear that he was only going to be banished. Blood and gore was the only thing that entertained people in those days. I think it still does because people like seeing characters get punished or hurt for what they have done. I also think people in Shakespeare’s time were only entertained by seeing punishment. They would not know any different as entertainment was very limited in those days. There was not the choice that there is today and a battle or fight would have been something to look forward to.
When Mercutio and Tybalt started to fight, Romeo wanted it to stop, Why did he want it to stop? even though Tybalt was his enemy but his relation. Both took no notice and Romeo jumped in between the action. Tybalt stabbed Mercutio under Romeo’s arm. The ironic thing is, if Romeo hadn’t stepped in, it could have been Tybalt that had died. Therefore Romeo would not have had to fight him and would not have been banished. This one move, a mistake and a critical point in the play, cost Romeo his wife and his life.
After the marriage Romeo became serious and wanted no trouble, especially with Tybalt. When Tybalt and Mercutio started fighting he wanted to break it up and save both their lives. He is in a no-win situation because he wants both his best friend, Mercutio, and also his relative Tybalt to live. When Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo is determined to get revenge. Because Romeo wanted peace he made things even worse. Even though Tybalt was a relative, Romeo would not allow Mercutio’s death to be left and not avenged,
I am fortune’s fool” [III.I.127].
Romeo is simply saying that he is not in-control of his fate. He is complaining because he will never be able to see Juliet again and have the future with her which he thought was mapped out.
Mercutio uses words and language that entice and anger his enemy. He is very crude and always likes a fight. When Tybalt is looking for Romeo, Mercutio is the one that creates the fight with his language,
“Couple it with something, make it a ward and a blow” [III.I.34-35].
Mercutio not only wants insults but also he wants to fight. He doesn’t care about the Capulets, so for this reason it doesn’t bother him if he fights them or not, he has no respect for them,
“I care not” [III.I.30].
Mercutio is also very loyal to Romeo. I know this because he fought for him, even though Tybalt was looking for Romeo. Mercutio would not let the Capulets insult him or their name, the Montagues.
After Mercutio’s death Romeo has no choice but to fight Tybalt, but of course after Romeo had killed Tybalt there were consequences. He was banished from Verona. The death of Mercutio is another major turning-point in the play. When Romeo kills Tybalt, Romeo’s life and his plans for his relationship with Juliet are ruined. The ironic thing is that Romeo has really made this come upon him because he was the one who went to the masque and he also tried to stop the fight but actually killed his best friend in the process.
In parts of the play Tybalt was rude and notorious. His fighting ability was of an excellent standard but his ability to argue also resulted in a lot of bother and gave him many problems. When Tybalt killed Mercutio, he nearly set the way for Romeo to kill him and for Romeo to ruin his relationship with Juliet.
When Tybalt killed Mercutio, I think in a way he killed Romeo. Not only did he insult his family and kill his best friend but he killed him for no reason. Later on in the play Mercutio’s death was responsible for the death of both Romeo and Juliet and affected lots of people. I think Tybalt got his revenge in a way that he could not imagine.
When Lady Capulet finds out that Tybalt is dead she is very upset and instantly wants revenge,
“For blood of ours, shed blood of Montague” [III.I.139].
Not only does she want revenge on the Montague family but also on Romeo himself. She doesn’t believe that Romeo being banished is enough, she wants him dead,
“Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live” [III.I.172]
Lady Capulet throughout the play was hard and had an unfeeling nature especially with Juliet. Later on in the play we realise she doesn’t care about her daughter. Do we know why? She only wants to use her and force her to marry,
“Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn” [III.I.112].
Then when Romeo kills Tybalt, all she wants is revenge and doesn’t listen to anything anyone says to her. When Benvolio tries to tell the story, in a true manner, she doesn’t believe him because she only thinks that Romeo is in the wrong and not Tybalt,
“He is kinsman to the Montague, affection makes him false, he speaks not true” [III.I.168].
Benvolio, throughout the play, has always tried to be the peacemaker WHY? and always tried to keep the families apart if possible. This scene is no exception,
“good Mercutio, let’s retire: The day is hot, the Capels are abroad” [III.I.1]
When the two met, the families, and Mercutio and Tybalt fought he also tried to split up the fight. Benvolio is a character in the play that doesn’t like to fight or cause trouble or even let trouble happen. But when Romeo and Tybalt fight, he lets them fight, I think this is because he wants Tybalt to die because he had killed his friend and relative, Mercutio.
When the Prince wanted to know the true story about the death of Mercutio and Tybalt he asked Benvolio. Even though he is a Montague, the Prince only asks because he is true and never lies, not even if he is a Montague,
“Benvolio who began this bloody fray?” [III.I.142].
I think Benvolio is a peacemaker and somebody who tells the truth because he wants the best for his friends and wants to help them as much as possible and not let them be harmed.
What makes the desire of two people to fight and two to avoid one in the theatre is that it creates a lot tension and horror. This is because the characters all want different things but know they will not get them. The audience are confused because they don’t really know what’s going to happen. This is what creates the tension. The horror appears when the audience expect something, but then something totally different happens.
When Romeo and Juliet married, they married in secret. When Romeo said that he would not fight Tybalt this is because he is a relative but Romeo can not reveal the truth because of the problems it would cause. This is a very tense moment in the play for the audience because they know they are relatives but know that Romeo will not say anything. Or could he?
The death of Tybalt creates tension because the audience doesn’t know what will happen to Romeo. They are constantly guessing what the outcome will be.
” Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live” [ III. I. 173 ]
When Lady Capulet said this after the death of Tybalt it would have created a lot of tension and anticipation in the audience. Half of the audience may want him dead, but the other half may not. This could have caused friction between people in the audience. Then when the Prince told everyone that Romeo was to be banished, it would have had the same effect on the audience, half and half.
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