Some people fight for honor, and some fight for revenge, or to avenge their friends or loved ones. Some fight with words and wisdom, while others choses to use physical force, even by taking the opponent’s life to fulfill their vengeance. One of the First lives lost in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, triggers the protagonists, Romeo, to avenge his friend, Mercutio. Romeo avenges his friend’s life, with the his own life and the trust from his wife, Juliet, at stake. When Romeo is mocked by the antagonist, Tybalt, a Capulet, Romeo decides to withdraw from the fight, then, his friend Mercutio decides to fight for him to protect his honor on Act three scene three.
Friar Laurence is bringing up Juliet, his love, to save Romeo from “slay thyself”. In addition, after Friar Laurence compares Romeo to a powder in an inexperienced soldier’s flask, Friar Laurence says, “What, rouse thee, man! Thy Juliet is alive, / For whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead” (3.3.141-142). Friar Laurence attempts to calm Romeo down by bringing up that “thy Juliet is alive”. Friar Laurence is aware that by bringing up who Romeo loves, Romeo will come to the realization that Romeo should not be crying over banishment.
Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized; Henceforth I never will be Romeo” (Shakespeare 2. 2. 55-6). Romeo shows how immediately does something without thinking about what could happen as a result. Another time he does this is when Romeo meets Tybalt, the fiery cousin of Juliet, he finds Mercutio and Tybalt arguing and they start to fight. At first, Romeo is very peaceful and wants to break up the fight.
He had given Juliet, who was begging for help, a small vial containing the liquid that would fake Juliet’s death. When the time had come, he depended too much on Friar John, and Romeo received the wrong news. Romeo had thought that Juliet was dead and went back to Verona with a bottle of poison to kill himself. Quickly, Friar Lawrence ran to stop him, only to find Romeo dead and Juliet waking up.
When Romeo is banished from Verona to Mantua due to his actions, Juliet is heartbroken. But her heart aches even further when she learns that she will be married to Paris. Wanting to escape the marriage and run away with Romeo, Friar Lawrence devises a plan. In this plan, Romeo will take Juliet away after she drinks a potion that will make her fall into a deep slumber for 42 hours, feigning death. Juliet takes the potion and falls asleep, and Paris, who could have married her, visits her tomb in morning.
Romeo allows his thirst for revenge to cloud his logical reasoning when he kills Tybalt who has just murdered Mercutio, Romeo’s best friend. Mercutio defends Romeo against Tybalt’s insults with comebacks and later his sword. As Romeo attempts to intervene, Mercutio is stabbed by Tybalt and Romeo is enraged. Once he finds out from Benvolio that the wound had killed him, Romeo,”Who had but newly entertained revenge,” (III.i.173), kills Tybalt and flees the scene. Romeo declined to
Acting quickly on his emotions, Romeo begins to fight Tybalt out of anger. When Tybalt mocks Romeo, blaming him for Mercutio's death, Romeo thrusts his sword forward in defense saying “This shall determine that” (3.1.136). He kills Tybalt just moments after telling him he loves him. Romeo kills his wife’s cousin without a hesitation, despite his attempts earlier to keep the peace. He does the opposite of keep the peace between the families, he increases the tension between them.
Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel and he declines the challenge and insists that he won’t fight Tybalt. Mercutio is angered by Romeo’s “cowardice” and takes on Tybalt himself. Romeo wants Mercutio to stop fighting Tybalt so he decides that it’d be a good idea to block his arm in mid combat and Tybalt stabs Mercutio from under Romeo’s arm and Mercutio falls dead after rambling about plagues and a pun or two. Romeo doesn’t realize that it is his own fault that Mercutio died after Mercutio even blamed his wound on him. Romeo lets his emotions decide his actions and becomes enraged and ignores that Tybalt is now his family and fails to see that he was the reason Mercutio was killed.
Friar Lawrence was the wise adviser to Romeo and Juliet. He kept their secret and helped them be together. He was the one who married the two, hoping that the marriage would cause an end. To the fending He was the one who came with the idea of giving Juliet the potion to put her in a come state for 42 hours. He wrote a letter to Rome, but it never came to him because of the plague.
This fight between Romeo, Mercutio and Tybalt ends in serious matters. Tybalt comes up to Romeo wanting to fight him, but Mercutio steps in and starts fighting Tybalt. Mercutio is struck by Tybalt and as a result of this, Romeo says to Benvolio when everyone has left, “This day’s black fate on more days doth depend; This but begins the woe, others must end” (3.1.124-125). Romeo is furious at Tybalt for what he did to Mercutio that and he wants revenge so he goes after Tybalt, fights him and kills him. The Prince banishes Romeo from Verona as a consequence for his actions.
“The blame Game” If i would have to pick any character in the book who caused all the problems i would have to say it was Romeo. I’m saying it’s romeo because he kept the marriage between him and juliet a secret, he killed tybalt, and he was very hasty. Friar laurence was responsible for marrying Romeo and Juliet. The nurse and them three was the only one’s that knew about it. If they wouldn’t have never kept the marriage a secret the prince wouldn’t have Romeo banned from the town and Romeo and Juliet could’ve lived happily ever after.
In the play it says, “In the meantime, against thou shalt awake, shall Romeo by my letters know our drift, and hither shall he come: and he and I will watch thy waking, and that very night, shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua. ”(4.1.113-117). But, instead Friar Lawrence sent another Friar to tell Romeo his plan, but something had went wrong, the Friar should had waited to give Juliet the potion after he confirmed Romeo about the plan. Also, Friar John flees the Capulet monument when Juliet needed him the most, and the result is her suicide. In the monument, Friar Lawrence attempted to persuade Juliet to go with him and flee the tomb.
Romeo acts as an arbitrator between Tybalt and Mercutio because he understands the repercussions of the impending clash. He tries his best to reason with Tybalt by saying “I do protest, I never injured thee, But love thee better than thou canst devise.” Meaning that he won 't fight because he is related to him through marriage. Tybalt, not knowing of their secret wedding ignores Romeo’s comment, continuing his goading of Mercutio.
In order for Romeo to understand that he did not made the situation any better, Shakespeare's used oxymoron as the harsh truth to describe Romeo’s attitude that Friar saw. Friar was disappointed when Romeo was crying like it’s the end of the world, while he didn’t realized that he had tied the knot with Juliet recently. Romeo wanted to run away from his problem by killing himself, but Friar was able to guide him to go on with his life and plan a nice future with Juliet. Friar was able to give Romeo a plan because he didn’t want Romeo to waste his second chance. Friar’s advice illustrated the strong bond that he and Romeo had, in order to reveal
Tybalt believes that Romeo attended the fest to mock and show disgrace to the Capulet and therefore wanted to kill Romeo. however, which in fact is not true as Romeo came to meet Rosaline and is known in the city to be a very nice man. Tybalt’s feeling about Romeo is not due to his actions but because of his passionate hate for Romeo as he is a Montague a family enemy. In addition, Tybalt Mercutio has great hate towards the Capulets and along with his short temper has caused his death and gotten Romeo banished from