Romeo and Juliet

Act 3, Scene 1

Scene Summary

Characters: Benvolio, Mercutio, Romeo, Tybalt, Petruchio, Officer, Montague, Lady Montague, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Prince.

Location: A public place in the Italian city of Verona

Time: Monday late afternoon

Scene events: Mercutio, Benvolio and Romeo are out on a public street. Benvolio says that they should retire (go indoors) pointing out that the Capulets are abroad in the streets and if they are faced with the Capulet family they will not escape a brawl. Tybalt appears before them with his men and is furious that Romeo ignored his challenge. Romeo tells Tybalt that he does not want to fight him and that he loves him more than Tybalt knows. Tybalt draws his sword to Mercutio, Mercutio thinks that Romeo is ridiculous refusing to fight Tybalt as none of them knows that Romeo and Juliet are married. Benvolio and Romeo try to break up the fight because if they are seen having a brawl in the streets, the Prince will put them to death. Romeo intercedes in the middle of the fight which distracts Mercutio, leaving just enough time for Tybalt to reach underneath Romeo’s arm and stab Mercutio. While Mercutio is dying he says “may a plague be cast on both of your families”. Romeo tells Mercutio to have courage, but Mercutio believes that this event is Romeo’s fault and says that tomorrow when Romeo asks for him, he will be in his grave, dead. Mercutio repeats himself again by saying “may a plague strike both of your houses”. Romeo thought that it was the right thing to do by interceding the fight, Mercutio thinks otherwise and asks Romeo for the reason to why he had to come between them. Benvolio carries Mercutio away and Romeo is left alone to his thoughts. Romeo says “This gentleman, the Prince’s near ally, My very friend, hath got his mortal hurt In my behalf. My reputation stained With Tybalt’s slander.—Tybalt, that an hour Hath been my kinsman! O sweet Juliet, Thy beauty hath made me effeminate And in my temper softened valor’s steel”. Tybalt comes back after killing Mercutio and Romeo thinks that one of them will have to down with him, they both fight and Tybalt is the one who falls and from a stab with a sword by Romeo. The citizens of the watch enter and an officer asks Benvolio where Mercutios killer, Tybalt is. Benvolio says that Tybalt is lying right over there and that Romeo killed him. Tybalt’s family members, the Capulets, enter and Lady Capulet is shocked and believes that someone in the Montague house should die in return for killing Tybalt “Prince, as thou art true, For blood of ours shed blood of Montague”. Benvolio explains the whole event to everyone and that Tybalt started the fight before he was killed by Romeo. Montague tells the Prince that Romeo should not have to pay with his life for this crime. The Prince says that because of Romeo’s actions he will be further exiled from the city of Verona and that his family needs to get him to leave the city at once, as if found he will be killed.

What happened in this scene in the film: During this scene, Romeo is seen many times with the placement of two lines of blood going down his cheek after Tybalt beat him up when he tried to make peace between them. this makes a reference to his religion and God/Jesus With many other symbols included on the gun that Romeo used to kill Tybalt and the statue at the pond that Tybalt fell into after Romeo shot him.

 

Quote: “Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill”

” A plague o’ both your houses!”

“No, ’tis not so deep as a well nor so wide as a church-door, but ’tis enough, ’twill serve. Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I am peppered, I warrant, for this world. A plague o’ both your houses! Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat to scratch a man to death! A braggart, a rogue, a villain that fights by the book of arithmetic! Why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under your arm”.

Romeo “This gentleman, the Prince’s near ally, My very friend, hath got his mortal hurt In my behalf. My reputation stained With Tybalt’s slander.—Tybalt, that an hour Hath been my kinsman! O sweet Juliet, Thy beauty hath made me effeminate And in my temper softened valor’s steel”.

Romeo “i am fortunes fall”

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