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Posted December 6, 2011 at 8:53 AM via web

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In Romeo and Juliet, trace the sequence of events which begins with Tybalt's insult to Romeo and ends with Tybalt's death and Romeo's banishment in scene i.

 

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted December 8, 2011 at 11:46 PM (Answer #1)

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I am assuming that you mean to trace the course of events only through Act III Scene i, not from the beginning of the play.  I hope that this is what you want.

Early in Act III Scene i, Tybalt and his friends confront Mercutio and Benvolio; Tybalt wants to know where Romeo is.  As Tybalt is speaking with Mercutio and Benvolio (not very nicely, I might add), Romeo approaches the group. 

Tybalt immediately insults Romeo by calling him a "villain."  Romeo, who has just married Tybalt's close friend and cousin, Juliet Capulet, in secret, does his best to convince Tybalt that he is not a bad person and has no interest in fighting. Tybalt, who has a fiery temper, refuses to back down from a fight and continues to antagonize Romeo.

Mercutio, who is one of Romeo's best friends and the Prince's relative, is furious with Tybalt and insults him, then fights him.  Romeo tries to stop the fight by stepping between the two fighting young men and asking Benvolio to help him.  Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm and runs away.  Basically, Mercutio dies in Romeo's arms after cursing the Montague and Capulet families, whose feud is the underlying cause of his death.

MERCUTIO:  Help me into some house, Benvolio,

    Or I shall faint.  A plague a both your houses!

    They have made worms' meat of me.  I have it,

    And soundly too.  Your houses!

For some unknown reason, Tybalt returns to the scene of Mercutio's murder.  Romeo then informs Tybalt that Tybalt is going to die for what he did and accompany Mercutio in death.  Tybalt says that Romeo will be the one to die instead.  Both young men draw their swords and fight.  Tybalt dies.

Benvolio immediately forces Romeo to run away and save himself.  As soon as Romeo is gone, citizens of Verona enter the scene and the Prince is told what happened.  Prince Escalus, Lord and Lady Montague, Lord and Lady Capulet, and a group of people converge at the scene of the crimes.  Benvolio recounts the story of what has take place and is truthful, but is also somewhat biased in Romeo's favor. 

Lady Capulet calls for Romeo's death.  However, Prince Escalus does not feel that Romeo's execution is the most just punishment, sincde Tybalt first killed Mercutio.  Lord Montague suggests that Romeo was Mercutio's friend and that Romeo only did what the law would have done anyway.  The Prince fines each family "with so strong a fine, That you shall all repent the loss of mine" (Mercutio) and banishes Romeo.

 

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 29, 2011 at 8:38 PM (Answer #2)

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The scene you are refering to is Act III scene 1, which is of course after Romeo and Juliet have secretly married together. After Tybalt clearly insults Romeo, saying "thou art a villain," Romeo tries to do everything he can to allay Tybalt's desire for a fight, defending himself and then trying to walk away. Note that he is unable to reveal his marriage to Juliet, and so is trapped, being forced to look like a coward in the face of Tybalt's challenge.

Mercutio then feels he has to act to defend Romeo's honour, as Romeo is clearly not going to act. He therefore picks a fight with Tybalt on behalf of his friend, and even though Romeo tries to stop the violence, Mercutio is hit by Tybalt, and dies, spitting out his famous curse on both the Montagues and the Capulets for the way that their feud has ended his life:

A plague a'both your houses!

They have made worms' meat of me. I have it,

And soundly to. Your houses!

After Meructio dies, Romeo is incensed with grief and rage, and therefore fights Tybalt, and kills him in turn. At this stage, Romeo comes back to his senses, and realises what he has done, remembering what the Prince said about the fate of anybody who would dare to break the peace again, and flees at the behest of Benvolio. Benvolio is left alone to greet the Prince and explain to him what happened and to hear that Romeo has been banished in punishment for his crimes.

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