Identify three characters who are the cause of their own negative or tragic circumstances in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Provide supporting evidence and quotations. If possible,...
Identify three characters who are the cause of their own negative or tragic circumstances in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Provide supporting evidence and quotations. If possible, provide 3 quotations for each of the 3 characters.
The three characters that I would choose for this question are Tybalt, Romeo, and Mercutio. All three characters have the same negative/tragic circumstance. They all die.
I'll start with Mercutio because he dies first, and I'll provide evidence from Act 3, Scene 1. This scene begins with Benvolio and Mercutio walking around together in the heat. Benvolio begs Mercutio to call it a day and head home because he knows that the hot weather brings about bad tempers.
The day is hot; the Capulets, abroad;And if we meet we shall not ’scape a brawl,For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.
Nay, an there were two such, we should have none shortly, for one would kill the other. Thou, why, thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more or a hair less in his beard than thou hast. Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason but because thou hast hazel eyes.
Follow me close, for I will speak to them.Gentlemen, good e'en. A word with one of you.
And but one word with one of us? Couple it withsomething. Make it a word and a blow.
O calm dishonourable, vile submission!Alla stoccata carries it away. (draws his sword)Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?
Now, Tybalt, take the “villain” back againThat late thou gavest me, for Mercutio’s soulIs but a little way above our heads,Staying for thine to keep him company.Either thou or I, or both, must go with him.
PETRUCHIOAway, Tybalt. Exeunt TYBALT, PETRUCHIO, and the other CAPULETS.
Patience perforce with willful choler meetingMakes my flesh tremble in their different greeting.I will withdraw, but this intrusion shallNow seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall.
O sweet Juliet,Thy beauty hath made me effeminateAnd in my temper softened valor’s steel!
This day’s black fate on more days doth depend.This but begins the woe others must end.
And for that offenceImmediately we do exile him hence.