Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet
In Act 1, Scene 1 different members of the Capulet and Montague households
become involved in arguments in a public place in Verona and when they lose their
tempers, swords are drawn. The scene starts off with Sampson and Gregory,
servants from the Capulet household, and Abram and Balthasar, servants from the
Montague household. A fight starts between the households when Abram asks `Do
you bite your thumb at us, sir?' and Sampson replies `I do bite my thumb, sir.'
Later, when Tybalt ­ a member of the Montague family ­ comes in, he tries
to pick a fight with Benvolio ­ a member of the Capulet family. He says `Talk of
piece! I hate the word as I hate Hell, all Montagues, and thee, coward!' The Family
Feud continues between Lord Capulet, the head of his family and father to Juliet
Capulet, and Lord Montague, also head of this family, and father to Romeo. The
feud started over something so small, that it was forgotten what had started it.
The Prince later warns both the Capulets and the Montagues that if they
don't stop fighting, he will torture both houses.
The second scene, in which there is violence, leads to the death of Tybalt
and Mercutio. The scene takes place on a street in Verona, and happens soon
after Romeo and Juliet get married.
Benvolio wants to avoid a fight with the Capulets and he suggests to
Mercutio that they should go home: "I pray thee, good Mecutio, let's retire: the day
is hot, the Capels are abroad," by saying that it shows us that he doesn't want to
fight the Capulets but if Mercutio wants to he will help him. Mercutio, being in a bad
mood, wants to fight.
When Tybalt arrives, Mercutio says "By my head, here comes the Capulets."
This shows us that he doesn't want to fight the Capulets today but knows they are
looking for a Montague.
When Tybalt and Mercutio speak to each other there is tension between
them. Mercutio says, "I will not budge for no man's pleasure". This tells us that he
won't fight just because Tybalt wants him to.
Tybalt tries to start a fight with Romeo by saying "Thou art a villain". This is a
great insult to Romeo who is of noble birth. Romeo tries to tell Tybalt that he is
married to Juliet and, now that they are related, he doesn't want them to fight.
Then Tybalt orders Romeo to take out his sword and fight. Tybalt wants to fight
Romeo because he is standing up for his cousin and their families have been
feuding for ages.
Mercutio's death was very dramatic. Because Romeo had refused to fight
Tybalt he put a plague on both the Montague and Capulet houses. When Romeo
sees that his friend, Mercutio, is dying he decides to stay with him until his end
before pursuing Tybalt and murdering him in revenge for his best friend's death.


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