Mercutio's Decisions

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“A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life, Whose misadventured piteous overthrows. Doth with their death bury their parents ' strife. The fearful passage of their death-marked love” (Prologue). The agonizing story of Romeo and Juliet is abounding with plot twists and destructive decisions. The star-crossed lovers’ deaths were unavoidable, no matter what decisions led up to them. Without a doubt, the most destruction was made by Mercutio. Mercutio was Romeo’s best friend, which led to Romeo’s underestimation transform into angry rage once Tybalt killed Mercutio. His decision to fight Tybalt put himself amid an ongoing quarrel between Romeo and Tybalt, causing tension between the Capulets and Montagues, and disconnecting Romeo from Juliet.…show more content…
Mercutio held his head high around the Capulets, and was due to pay the consequence. Mercutio and Benvolio had a conversation that states,“I pray thee, good Mercutio, let 's retire:/The day is hot, the Capulets abroad,/And, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl;/For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.” (3.1.2-6). When Benvolio made note of the Capulet 's arrival, he wanted to leave. Mercutio, on the other hand, wanted to stay to prove his courageousness around the rival family. They remained for the Capulet’s arrival. Romeo arrived soon after that. To Tybalt 's surprise, Romeo would not contest against him. Instead, Romeo told Tybalt that he loved him. Mercutio then decided to step in to protect Romeo of his vulnerability and fight Tybalt. In the text Mercutio states, “Will you pluck your sword out of his pitcher/by the ears? make haste, lest mine be about your/ears ere it be out” (3.1.108-110). Mercutio felt that it was his responsibility to take down Tybalt since he was intimidating Romeo. So, Mercutio decided to brawl with Tybalt. Mercutio’s ignorant decision to duel Tybalt led him to his own death and grief of friends and family. Mercutio was not aware of the consequences he would be facing because of his own decision. He announces in the text, “Ask for/me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I/am peppered, I warrant, for this world. A plague o '/both your houses!” (3.1.140-144). Tybalt had struck Mercutio enough to eventually kill him, so Mercutio exited to his grave, cursing the Capulets and the
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