Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1
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Act 3 Scene 1
Mercutio is hanging out with Benvolio. Tybalt shows up looking for Romeo. Mercutio knows Tybalt is there looking for a fight, so he tries to instigate one. Romeo tries to tell Tybalt that he loves him and wants them to be friends, but Tybalt won't have it. Mercutio is appalled by Romeo's behavior and thinks he's gone crazy, so Mercutio steps up and fights Tybalt on Romeo's behalf. Romeo steps between them trying to break up the fight, and when Tybalt stabs at Romeo, the sword goes under Romeo's arm and hits Mercutio in the stomach instead. Mercutio, knowing he is badly hurt, curses both families for their feud. Mercutio tries to remain stoic, but he knows that he will die.When Benvolio returns with the news of Mercutio's death, Romeo becomes angry. He goes after Tybalt saying, "Either thou or I, or both must go with him," meaning that one or both of them are about to die. Romeo then kills Tybalt. Romeo is then banished.
1.) Romeo: "Either thou or I, or both must go with him," 1:3:91 2.) Benvolio: "We talk here in the public haunt of men. Either withdraw unto some private place,And reason coldly of your grievances, Or else depart. Here all eyes gaze on us." 1:3:23 3.) Romeo: "Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee. Doth much excuse the appertaining rage.To such a greeting. Villain am I none. Therefore, farewell. I see thou know’st me not." 1:3:33 4.) Mercutio: "Help me into some house, Benvolio, Or I shall faint. A plague o' both your houses! They have made worms' meat of me. I have it, And soundly too. Your houses!" 1:3:67
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