Is Mercutio To Blame For The Death Of Romeo And Juliet

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In William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence states, "These violent delights have violent ends/ And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,/ Which as they kiss consume: the sweetest honey/ Is loathsome in his own deliciousness/And in the taste confounds the appetite:/ Therefore love moderately; long love doth so;/ Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.”, (2.6.9-15). There were many violent ends within the play that all began with Romeo and Juliet’s forbidden love, and one was the passing of five characters. Mercutio was a relative to the prince and as such he was untouchable. On the other hand he also subtly chose sides. Being friends with the Montagues was the beginning of the road to his death. He was an extremely witty person within the play constantly making jokes, but he also had a vivid imagination coming up with eloquent stories for the trio to hear. He was also loyal and devoted to his friends, the Montagues, Romeo and Benvolio. His death was the reason Romeo killed Tybalt out of revenge for the murder of his best friend. His death was his own fault because of his friendship with Romeo and getting in the middle of the feud. Mercutio very opinionated and had a strong characteristics that ended in his untimely demise. …show more content…

In the play Romeo and Juliet, he called out, "O calm, dishonorable, vile submission" (III.1.72). Mercutio demonstrates his loyalty and courage when he takes up Tybalt's challenge to defend his Romeo’s name. Being the relative of the prince makes him have a strong amount of respect for himself, so he thinks Romeo is a coward for not taking up the challenge. Mercutio shows that he is a good friend and that he is courageous by fighting Tybalt in place of Romeo, which in turn leads to his death. If he didn't put himself in that situation than he wouldn’t have been

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