Act III, Scenes 1–2: Questions and Answers
- What does Mercutio say about Benvolio?
- Why does Tybalt approach Mercutio and Benvolio?
- What happens when Romeo appears?
- Why won’t Romeo fight Tybalt?
- What happens when Romeo jumps in between Tybalt and Mercutio?
- Why is Romeo only banished?
- What does Juliet initially think the Nurse is saying?
- What is Juliet’s initial reaction to the news that Romeo has killed Tybalt?
- What does Juliet do when the Nurse begins to criticize Romeo?
- Why does Juliet give a ring to the Nurse?
- Mercutio jokes that Benvolio is quick to fight.
- Tybalt is looking for Romeo and knows that Mercutio and Benvolio are Romeo’s friends.
- When Romeo appears, Tybalt challenges him to a duel.
- Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt because (unbeknownst to everyone present) he is married to Tybalt’s cousin.
- Tybalt thrusts his sword under Romeo’s outstretched arm and stabs Mercutio.
- Romeo is only banished because he only killed Tybalt, who had already violated the law by killing Mercutio.
- Juliet initially thinks that the Nurse is saying that both Tybalt and Romeo are dead.
- Juliet initially criticizes Romeo, saying that this behavior is not in keeping with the sort of person she thought he was.
- When the Nurse criticizes Romeo, Juliet changes her mind and defends him, deciding that she must be loyal to her husband above all others.
- Juliet gives the Nurse a ring to give to Romeo as a token of her love.