Where was Romeo banished to after he killed Tybalt?

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robertwilliam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Well, Romeo goes to Mantua. But he isn't actually banished to anywhere: he's only banished from Verona. Here's what the Prince says:

And for that offence
Immediately we do exile him hence...
...Let Romeo hence in haste,
Else, when he is found, that hour is his last.
Bear hence this body, and attend our will.
Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.

Romeo is forced out of Verona. And Mantua is where he chooses to escape to.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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After the well-meaning, but "star-crossed" Romeo, who is newly wed to his beloved Juliet, appears on the scene of the public place where the contentious exchange of Mercutio and Tybalt is in progress. He seeks to intervene and diffuse the tension between Juliet's cousin and his friend, but fate enters. For, despite Romeo's well-meaning words,

I do protest I never injured thee,
But love thee better than thou canst devise
Till thou shalt know the reason of my love
And so, good Capulet--which name I tender
As dearly as mine own--be satisfied. (3.1)

Tybalt feels insulted, believing that Romeo mocks him. So, he reaches around Romeo and fatally stabs Mercutio. Incensed that Tybalt would kill his beloved Mercutio, Romeo rashly attacks Juliet's cousin and kills him. Then, realizing what has just happened, Romeo cries out, "O I am fortune's fool!" And, he flees to the cell of Friar Laurence. There, the priest tells Romeo to calm himself; further, he instructs Romeo to 

Go get thee to thy love....
But look thou stay not till the watch he set,
For then thou canst not pass to Mantua,
Where thou shalt live till we can find a time
To blaze [make public] your marriage. (3.3)

Friar Laurence instructs Romeo to hide in Mantua, and he will locate Romeo's servant and send messages through him. Unfortunately, while Romeo is in this city a plague breaks out and the city is quarantined, so Balthasar, Romeo's servant, cannot communicate with him. Consequently, Romeo does not learn about what happens with Juliet.

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sciftw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Romeo just can't seem to catch a break can he?  First his dear Rosaline doesn't reciprocate his approaches.  Then Friar Lawrence teases Romeo about being no good at saying loving things.  Then he meets the girl of his dreams who belongs to the family of his enemies.  Then Tybalt kills Mercutio, and then Romeo kills Tybalt.  Had Rosaline just said yes, then all of that could have been avoided.  For his crime, Romeo is banished from Verona.  The prince is the man that issued that statement, but Romeo isn't exactly around to hear the sentencing, because he has already fled the city. He did so because that is what Friar Lawrence recommended that he do.  

Go get thee to thy love....
But look thou stay not till the watch he set,
For then thou canst not pass to Mantua,
Where thou shalt live till we can find a time
To blaze your marriage.

Romeo doesn't exactly stay away that long though, because he and Juliet die together soon after.  



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