"I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire." (III.i.1)
"Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up." (III.i.78)
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"And for that offense / Immediately we do exile him hence." (III.i.179-180)
The very beginning of this scene takes place with Benvolio and Mercutio. Mercutio is ready to duel with Tybalt but peace-loving Benvolio wants something different. Benvolio mentions how it's hot out which could provoke anger in the Capulets which will lead to a battle that they can not escape.
"For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring." (III.i.4)
After Benvolio pleads with Mercutio to leave and not fight, Tybalt shows up. Mercutio decides to try and provoke him as much as he can. Soon, Romeo, the one Tybalt really wants to fight, comes and jumps in between the two. This leaves an opening for Tybalt to stab Mercutio which leads to his death.
After the death of Mercutio, Romeo and Tybalt fight which ends in the death of Tybalt. Romeo leaves the scene and the Prince shows up to view the situation. He decides to just banish Romeo from Verona instead of killing him because he only killed Tybalt as revenge for the death of his friend.
The literary device used here is foreshadowing. In the beginning, Benvolio says the hot environment could provoke a fight. This foreshadows what happens soon after when Tybalt and Mercutio fight, which ends in the death of Mercutio. Then, the death of Tybalt when he and Romeo fight.
In this scene, two deaths occurred. First, Tybalt stabbed Mercutio when he had an opening after Romeo stepped in. This infuriated Romeo because his best friend is dead so he fought Tybalt like he was supposed to all along. Romeo's rage leads to the death of Tybalt.