Mercutio To Blame For Romeo And Juliet's Death

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In the play Romeo & Juliet, we meet the Capulets and the Montagues. The Capulets and the Montagues were rival families that lived in Verona, Italy. Within those families, there were two children named Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet were star-crossed lovers that tragically died. There are many characters that can be blamed for their death. For example, the nurse, who served as the enabler of their relationship. Another character that can be blamed is Lord Capulet, who attempted to force Juliet into a relationship that she did not want to be part of. However, the person that is most to blame for their death is Mercutio. Mercutio is a close friend of Romeo who is neither a Capulet nor a Montague. Although he is a fun-loving person, his temper…show more content…
Out of respect for his uncle, Tybalt did not fight Romeo at that moment. However, he did send out a message across Verona stating that he wanted to duel him. During Tybalt’s search for Romeo, he encountered Mercutio. At that time Tybalt had no issues with Mercutio and told him to stay out of the way. Although, as you can see in this quote from the play, Mercutio showed signs of arrogance and tried to tempt Tybalt into fighting him.“And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something; make it a word and a blow.” (3.1.44). Mercutio was then killed by Tybalt himself, sending Romeo into a deep rage, as well as forcing him to believe he needed avenge his friend. Romeo was able to kill Tybalt, yet it was not without consequence. The Prince of Verona sentenced Romeo to banishment. This banishment separated Romeo and Juliet and led to a misunderstanding that made them both commit suicide. If it was not for Mercutio’s arrogance, Romeo and Juliet would have lived happily ever after for the rest of their lives. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet could have also been caused by a mystical force. As you can see in this quote from the play, Mercutio placed a curse upon both the Capulets and the Montagues at the moments before he dies. “A plague on both your houses! I am sped: is he gone, and hath nothing?” (3.1.45). This curse can be seen as the reason of all the terrible events
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