The impulsive Romeo, ruled by his emotions once more, is enraged and pursues Tybalt to avenge his friend. Romeo is so angry that he has no regard for his own life, and it is clear when he says: "And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!/Now, Tybalt, take the ‘villain ' back again/That late thou gavest me; for Mercutio 's soul/Is but a little way above our heads,/Staying for thine to keep him company./Either thou or I, or both, must go with him." (3.1.122-127). Despite Tybalt being the best swordsman in all of Verona, Romeo is under the dangerous influence of his own adrenaline and rage and winds up killing Tybalt. Shortly after, Benvolio says to Romeo: "The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain./Stand not amazed.
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. “Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up” (Shakespeare 3. 1.
Life is never what it seems actions made by good people have a way of turning awful. Mercutio decides to fight tybalt because Romeo would not fight back against him. Romeo is being a coward in the eyes of Mercutio so he decides to fight Tybalt on his own.“O calm, dishonorable, vile submission Alla stoccata carries it away. Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?” (Shakespeare 1091). Mercutio's decision to fight Tybalt resulted in Mercutio's death proving the thesis that good
He also writes that the houses have an ancient grudge, meaning that they have been fighting for a long time. Tybalt is a prime example of the conflict between the houses. Tybalt is a violent zealot for the Capulet house with a lot of pride in his name. When Benvolio, Romeo’s Cousin is trying to stop a fight between servants of the two houses, He asks Tybalt for assistance. Instead, Tybalt says to him, “As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee,” and attacks him (1.1.66).
Pride Will be the Death of Him People deal with fighting evil in a more intelligent way as they mature and as the degree of evil increases. This progression is illustrated in the epic poem Beowulf as the epic hero, Beowulf, constantly duals the hands of evil in three major fights until his heroic death. Beowulf is talking to the people of Herot when he says, “I have heard moreover that the monster scorns/ in his reckless way to use weapons;/ therefore, to heighten Hygelac's fame/ and gladden his heart, I hereby renounce/ sword and the shelter of the broad shield,/ the heavy war-board: hand-to-hand/ is how it will be, a life-and-death/ fight with the fiend" (Heaney 433-440). Beowulf states this saying he will fight Grendel, a Giant, with his bare hands because it is only fair as Grendel does not use any weapons. This shows his youthful pride and arrogance getting in the way of fighting evil in an intelligent way.
This contradicts with the lovesick Romeo and levelheaded Benvolio, who don't doubt true love exists. Mercutio is a hit with the public, but dies relatively early in the play, why would Shakespeare kill such an important character? A diversity of reasons could be found for this, but first you have to know who Mercutio really was. Mercutio first enters the stage together with Romeo and Benvolio, in act 1 scene 4 the talk about the party Romeo wants to go to, the reason for this is because of love. Mercutio here expresses his disapproval towards love in the famous Queen Mab speech.
Throughout the whole play, it is evident that he almost “never examines the consequence of his actions” (Dickey 470) as his impulsivity assumes total control. By being so reckless and hasty, Romeo leads himself and his love straight to the tomb. After Mercutio’s death, “Romeo casts aside all reason and begins a chain of passionate action” (Dickey 470), consequently leading to his and his lover’s ultimate doom. The logical and reasonable action to take is to be patient and let the law punish Tybalt for his felony; however, Romeo acts with haste and charges at Tybalt instead. Not only does Romeo manage to kill Tybalt, but he also turns the law against himself, as the Prince declares Romeo’s banishment.
The fiery aggressive Tybalt, Juliets cousin, was still infuriated that Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio attended the Capulets feast. Tybalt challenges Romeo to a Duel but Romeo does not want to fight, he wants peace between them, Mercutio intervenes and says that he will fight Tybalt. Romeo wants peace so as they begin to fight, Romeo intervenes but Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeos arm and Romeo suddenly strikes back and kills Tybalt. This is a scene where fate is questioned and whether it was of their own control. Romeo didn’t have to kill Tybalt, he acted quickly out of rage and did not think before he reacted, Romeo could have made a different choice, as he had control over himself, his thoughts and feelings his own decisions.
This headstrong devotion leads to his demise. Later, when Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo seeks revenge. After Mercutio’s death, Romeo says “This but begins the woe others must end” (3.1.125). Although Prince Escalus has publicly decreed the penalty of fighting in the streets of Verona is death, Romeo still feels he “must end” the fight. Romeo’s indubitable loyalty causes his banishment.
The story of Romeo and Juliet still plays a big role in today’s society and challenges many conflicts people face today. In scene one of act three, Romeo was given a choice to avenge Mercutio’s death, or walk away, but he chose to avenge his friend’s death and ended up killing Tybalt. Before Romeo fights with Mercutio, he yells, “That late thou gavest me; for Mercutio’s soul /is but a little way above our heads, /staying for thine to keep him company. /Either thou or I, or both, must go with him” (3.1.88-91). Romeo is saying one of them, or both of them