William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay
On one hot Monday afternoon Mercutio and Benvolio were strolling through the streets of Verona. When Benvolio spotted Tybalt, a Capulet and enemy of Mercutio, Benvolio begged his rash friend to retreat, knowing that Mercutio would be itching for a fight with the Capulet. Tybalt approached Benvolio and Mercutio asking for a word with one of them, to which Mercutio replies that he should: “Couple it with . . . a blow” (III.i 41 - 42). This response would represent Mercutio’s actions throughout this interaction. Despite Tybalt’s initially peaceful approach, the reckless and hasty Mercutio escalated the situation to the point of a sword fight. While Tybalt may not have liked Mercutio, Mercutio was the one to draw his sword first and start the fight. We will hear from 3 witnesses all of whom were present at the fight and can testify to the fact that Mercutio was the one who turned this interaction into the violent fight it was. Mercutio was the one who made an attempt on Tybalt 's life turning the initially peaceful interaction into a sword fight, where he would attempt to murder Tybalt (III.i 1-110).
M - The prosecution hereby calls Benvolio to the stand. Please describe the events that happened that monday up until your encounter with the Capulet.
B - Mercutio and I were strolling through the streets that afternoon………………………………..
•Wanted to get Mercutio home because he knew that there was going to be a fight if they met (III.i 1-35)