Romeo and juliet tybalt death

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Romeo and Juliet

See Important Quotations Explained. As they walk in the street under the boiling sun, Benvolio suggests to Mercutio that they go indoors, fearing that a brawl will be unavoidable should they encounter Capulet men. Mercutio replies that Benvolio has as quick a temper as any man in Italy, and should not criticize others for their short fuses. Tybalt enters with a group of cronies. He approaches Benvolio and Mercutio and asks to speak with one of them.

Tybalt is a character in William Shakespeare 's play Romeo and Juliet. He is the son of Lady Capulet's brother, Juliet 's short-tempered first cousin, and Romeo 's rival. Mercutio repeatedly calls Tybalt "Prince of Cats" perhaps referring not only to Reynard but to the Italian word cazzo [1] as well. Luigi da Porto adapted the story as Giulietta e Romeo and included it in his Historia novellamente ritrovata di due Nobili Amanti published in Da Porto gave it much of its modern form, including the lovers' names, the rival families of Montecchi and Capuleti, and the location in Verona.

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In Act 3, scene 1 while Mercutio and Benvolio are joking around they are interrupted by some Capulets including Tybalt, who is looking for Romeo. When Romeo arrives he tries to make peace with Tybalt, but Mercutio feeling his friend has been insulted challenges Tybalt to fight. Romeo tries to stop the fight between the two men and Mercutio is wounded. Mercutio death curses both houses. Romeo furious by his friends death turns and attacks Tybalt killing him.

Benvolio tries to get Mercutio to go indoors, as the day is very hot and this causes short tempers that might lead to a brawl. Tybalt and his companions appear, searching for Romeo. He speaks insultingly to Mercutio, who replies in kind, and they are on the verge of fighting, with Benvolio urging them to go somewhere private, when Romeo arrives. Disgusted at seeing Romeo be such a wimp, Mercutio takes up the fight instead. Tybalt flees. Even though mortally wounded, Mercutio still manages to make bad puns about death, before cursing both Capulets and Montagues, laying his death at their doors. Romeo is horrified that his love for Juliet has caused this, and when Benvolio reports that Mercutio is dead, he bursts into a rage, seeing Tybalt return.

Benvolio wishes to avoid a confrontation with the Capulets; however, Mercutio is deliberately provocative and tries to draw Tybalt into an argument so that they can fight. Romeo appears and Tybalt insults him, hoping he will respond to the challenge, but Romeo refuses because he is now related to Tybalt through his marriage to Juliet. Mercutio, disgusted by Romeo's reluctance to fight, answers Tybalt's insults on Romeo's behalf. Tybalt and Mercutio draw their swords and fight. To stop the battle, Romeo steps between them and Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm.


  1. Eva W. says:

    Romeo, now secretly married to Juliet and thus Tybalt's kinsman, refuses to be Mercutio dies, cursing both the Montagues and the Capulets: “A plague o' both.

  2. Ethan B. says:

    Romeo meets with Mercutio and Benvolio to tell them about his marriage to Juliet.

  3. Driftindimo says:

    Complete explanatory notes for Romeo and Juliet, from your trusted Shakespeare source. cat, to scratch a man to death! a braggart, a. rogue.

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