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Mercutio Is To Blame For The Deaths Of Romeo And Juliet

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We all know the story The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, but until now, we “knew not” who to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Some characters, like Tybalt or Lord Capulet might be your first assumption, but they should not. There is one character who was around Romeo enough to influence his actions. Mercutio, Romeo’s friend, is to blame for the loss of Romeo and Juliet, because his actions led to Romeo being despised, and Romeo’s banishment. To understand how Mercutio ties into Romeo and Juliet's deaths, you should note how Mercutio is very influential to Romeo, resulting from them being close friends. To start things off, let us look at how Mercutio’s actions and advice led Romeo to be abhorred by almost everyone in Verona. At the Capulets’ party, Romeo infuriates Tybalt, after Tybalt discovers that a Montague (Romeo) is at the Capulet’s feast. Mercutio was there, and in fact, he led Romeo to be disliked by Tybalt. Mercutio told Romeo he should find love and pursue it even if it does not work out for him. (Shakespeare 1.4.17-28). His advice led to Romeo looking for a girl at the party. That is when he found Juliet. The result of Romeo …show more content…

If Mercutio had not told Romeo to seek love at the party, Tybalt would not have noticed Romeo, and would not hate him as much. Romeo did not only anger Tybalt …show more content…

Romeo claims he wants revenge for Mercutio’s death. (Shakespeare 3.1.120-127). This adds to my argument that Romeo cared for Mercutio, thus leading him to kill Tybalt after his murder. As Tybalt is arguing with Mercutio before the fight, Mercutio says “consort? what, dost thou make us minstrels” (Shakespeare 3.1.43). If Mercutio had kept his mouth shut, and not stood up for Romeo in such a dumb way, Romeo would not have killed Tybalt, and thus not been

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