Importance Of Punishment In Romeo And Juliet

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In Romeo and Juliet Act I the Prince sets a law that whoever gets in a fight will be killed. But in this scene Mercutio and Tybalt get in a fight. Tybalt won the fight and Romeo decided to fight him and killed him. Instead of death Princes punishment for Romeo was banishment from Verona. I believe that princes punishment is appropriate because he killed Tybalt like the law would, he was trying to avoid fighting, and he listened to the rules that the Prince made. With the fight of Tybalt and Mercutio they would both end up dying to the by the law set by the Prince. In Act III scene I then prince states “And for that offense Immediately we do exile him hence. I have an interest in your hate’s proceeding, My blood for your rude brawls doth …show more content…
In Act III Romeo announced “O, I am fortune’s fool!” then ran away. He ran away because he did not want to get punished by the prince for getting in fight and killing someone. Sense he ran away after killing Tybalt he did not know that he was banished until Friar Laurence told him. According to Romeo on line 17 of act III scene III he said “There is no world without Verona walls, But purgatory, torture, hell itself. Hence banished is banish’d from the world, And world’s exile is death. Then “banishment,” Is death misterm’d. Calling death “banishment,” Thou cuttst my head off with a golden axe And smilest upon the stroke that murders me.” This shows that Romeo does not want to leave Verona knowing that Juliet is still alive …show more content…
In the article the narrator stated “[They fight. Tybalt falls.]” This shows that Romeo killed Tybalt to avenge his friend Mercutio’s death. Some people could also argue that he should die like lady Capulet said. In the play she stated “He is a kinsman to the Montague; Affection makes him false, he speaks not true. Some twenty of them fought in this black strife, And all those twenty could but kill one life. I beg for justice, which thou, Prince, must give. Romeo slew Tybalt; Romeo must not live.” Technically it is not fair that one Capulet dies but no Montague dies. So it would only be logical for Romeo to die. Instead of death Princes punishment for Romeo was banishment from Verona. I believe that princes punishment is appropriate because he killed Tybalt like the law would, he was trying to avoid fighting, and he listened to the rules that the Prince made. If Romeo would have face the punishment of death the story would look a lot different. If Romeo died then Juliet would not end up getting set with Paris because her parents think she is sad over Tybalt’s death instead of Romeo’s

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