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In Act 3, Scene 1, why does Benvolio think there'll be a fight? And what does Mercutio...

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funfunfun111 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted January 31, 2010 at 10:32 AM via web

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In Act 3, Scene 1, why does Benvolio think there'll be a fight? And what does Mercutio accuse Benvolio of in lines 15-30?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 31, 2010 at 10:37 AM (Answer #1)

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In this scene, Benvolio thinks there will be a fight because the weather is so hot.  He says that in weather like that people always are in a bad mood and spoiling for a fight.  So he tells Mercutio they shouldn't go out.

What Mercutio says in the lines you cite is that Benvolio always wants to fight.  He says Benvolio will fight a man because the man's beard has too many hairs, or not enough hairs.  What he's saying is that Benvolio will fight for any reason at all, or even for no reason.  Because of this, he thinks it's weird that Benvolio wants to tell him how to avoid a fight.

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