Who Was Responsible For The Deaths Of Romeo And Juliet

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For most instances of life, the bystander is the innocent one but, this is not the case for Romeo in Shakespeare's famous 1597 tragedy Romeo & Juliet. Romeo the son of the Montagues, a family of nobility is a passionate and fool-hardy young man in search of love. In search of finding a lady he attends a ball uninvited and angers Tybalt the nephew of a lord of a rival house. Eventually, Mercutio, a companion of Romeo, comes to blows with Tybalt over Romero’s honor and name. In Romeo and Juliet, the one ultimately responsible for the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt is Romeo, because he should not have attended the ball, Romeo did not do enough to prevent Mercutio from fighting and he did not do enough to save him, finally that Romeo had killed Tybalt in a blind fit of rage. The first reason is that Romeo should not have even gone to the ball. Tybalt makes a comet on Romeo's presence at the ball. “This, by his voice, should be a Montague. / Fetch me my rapier, boy. What! Dares the slave/ Come hither, covered with an antic face, / to fleer and scorn at our solemnity? / Now, by the stock and honor of my kin, / to strike him dead I hold it not a sin” (Shakespeare 1.5. 54-59). This is what Tybalt says about Romeo at the …show more content…

To try and prevent a fight Romeo tries to talk Mercutio out of fighting “Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up” (Shakespeare 3.1.81). this relates to the reason that Romeo's little words are just not enough to stop anybody. When they do fight Romeo tries to break it up. “Draw, Benvolio; beat down their weapons. / Gentlemen, for shame! Forbear this outrage! / Tybalt, Mercutio, the Prince expressly hath / Forbid this bandying in Verona streets. / Hold, Tybalt! Good Mercutio! [Tybalt under Romeo’s arm thrusts Mercutio in, and flies.]” (Shakespeare 3.1.83-87. Stage directions). Mercutio is stabbed by Tybalt while Romeo tries to break it

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