O, I am fortune’s fool!

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Tonight, after you finish reading Act III, scene i, of Romeo and Juliet please write your response here.  You have free choice of response, but please keep your comments grounded in the text and, unless you are the very first student to comment, respond to previous comments as a part of your comment.  In other words, let’s try to have an online conversation and see where it leads us!

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R&J blog #11

45 thoughts on “O, I am fortune’s fool!

  1. In today’s blog, I want to talk about the character Mercutio. As we can see through his monologues, and the way he is portrayed in the movie, he is very wild outspoken guy. In this scene I feel like he is insecure about himself, and is just trying to pick a fight. “But I’ll be hanged, sir, if he wear your livery. Marry, go before to field, he’ll be your follower. Your Worship in that sense may call him ‘man.’” He is asking for a fight, and strong Tybalt will fight for he is a good opponent. As we saw in the movie, all of the fooling around and fighting got Mercutio killed. Tybalt stabbed him accidentally. I think the most powerful part of the scene is when the prince comes on. It is a recurring theme that he always comes on stage after a fight between the houses. He might represent an outside perspective trying to stop anything bad that can come. Someone has now died, and the Prince is disgusted. “Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses. Therefore use none. 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.” These boys are being ruthless and fighting just for fun. Now that someone is dead, it is no longer a joke, there is true evil that has been sparked, and these men will want revenge. I am honestly scared for what happens. This is no longer a game. Now that blood was drawn, it is life or death, and that is scary when it is in the hands of young men who don’t know any better.

    • I like how you said that the Prince being an outsider looking at this situation is very powerful. The Montagues and Capulets are trapped in their dueling and hatred, so as the reader it is interesting to see how an outsider in the play responds to these violent acts. I especially liked your last part. It really isn’t a game anymore. Romeo seemed revenge for Mercutio’s death, whose to say someone won’t go after Romeo for killing Tybalt. Really a thoughtful blog, nice work!

      • I agree with what you said, Ashley. The fighting isn’t a game anymore. This time, Tybalt actually kills one of the Montagues. I also love how you said that there is nothing stopping someone for going after Romeo for revenge. Patsy, your blog was really interesting to read and I think that you are correct on the fact that Romeo and the others are just young men who don’t know any better. Great blog! 🙂

        • I agree with you guys but I also think that Romeo killed Tybalt because his friend died and he was angry. Anger can change anyone’s personality in a minute and it doesn’t always have to do with your gender or age. Also, in the movie, we saw Tybalt’s face when he knew he killed Mercutio. His facial expression could be an interpretation by the actor but we could see how Tybalt couldn’t believe that it went this far and it isn’t a joke anymore. Great job Patsy, I think you brought up good points.

  2. In today’s blog, I want to talk about the character Mercutio. As we can see through his monologues, and the way he is portrayed in the movie, he is very wild outspoken guy. In this scene I feel like he is insecure about himself, and is just trying to pick a fight. “But I’ll be hanged, sir, if he wear your livery. Marry, go before to field, he’ll be your follower. Your Worship in that sense may call him ‘man.’” He is asking for a fight, and strong Tybalt will fight for he is a good opponent. As we saw in the movie, all of the fooling around and fighting got Mercutio killed. Tybalt stabbed him accidentally. I think the most powerful part of the scene is when the prince comes on. It is a recurring theme that he always comes on stage after a fight between the houses. He might represent an outside perspective trying to stop anything bad that can come. Someone has now died, and the Prince is disgusted. “Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses. Therefore use none. 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.” These boys are being ruthless and fighting just for fun. Now that someone is dead, it is no longer a joke, there is true evil that has been sparked, and these men will want revenge. I am honestly scared for what happens. This is no longer a game. Now that blood was drawn, it is life or death, and that is scary when it is in the hands of young men who don’t know any better. I guess we will see what happens.

  3. In tonight’s reading, Mercutio and Tybalt are killed. The scene starts with Benvolio and Mercutio talking to each other. Then Tybalt and some other Capulets come and Mercutio and Tybalt are arguing. When Romeo come in Tybalt says that Romeo is his man, meaning he wants to duel Romeo. When Tybalt instigates this idea Romeo says, “Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage To such a greeting. Villain am I none. Therefore, farewell. I see thou know’st me not.(lines 33-36)” Romeo says how he doesn’t want to fight him and that he has to love him. We know this reason is that he has just married Juliet. Then Mercutio says something and Tybalt and Mercutio end up dueling. Tybalt accidentally stabs Mercutio whilst Romeo is in the way of Mercutio trying to stop the fight. When Romeo realizes Mercutio is dead, he runs after Tybalt who has run away. Romeo and Tybalt duel and Romeo kills Tybalt. When the Prince finds out the goes to the square where the fight took place. His final speech is this:

    “And for that offense
    Immediately we do exile him hence.
    I have an interest in your hearts’ proceeding.
    My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding.
    But I’ll amerce you with so strong a fine
    That you shall all repent the loss of mine.
    I will be deaf to pleading and excuses.
    Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses,
    Therefore use none. Let Romeo hence in haste,
    Else, when he’s found, that hour is his last.
    Bear hence this body and attend our will.
    Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.”

    I noticed that this speech is in couplets that rhyme. This is unlike what we have seen before. I think Shakespeare did this because the speech is important. In the speech, Romeo is exiled from Verona. The Prince says he doesn’t want to hear excuses and that if Romeo isn’t gone and is found he will be killed. He concludes by saying how pardoning a murder will make more murders. This speech is also important due to its point in the book. This is the turning point in my opinion because this causes the book to unfold. Romeo will have to leave Verona and we sort of know what happens next. It was clever by Shakespeare to make this speech different from others.

    • Good work! I thought it was interesting how you said that the Princes’ speech is different the second time around. Perhaps Shakespeare wants us to see that in this speech, a punishment has been given, and it was given to our protagonist. The speech rhyming in couplet shows the urgency of it, how the rhymes are one after the other.

  4. Tonight, I’d like to write about the character development of Romeo, similar to Patsy’s blog. We know that Mercutio is wild, Benvolio wants goodness, and Romeo has been so lovey-dovey this whole play. After his marriage with Juliet, maybe Romeo is satisfied with his romance so he can focus on his friends. In the movie, I noticed that Romeo in this scene was like a pacifist. In the first scene of act 1, we saw his peaceful qualities. When he saw the damage that his family and his enemy have created, he is utterly disappointed. In scene one of act 3, Romeo doesn’t run from Tybalt, or remind him of the consequences for fighting. Instead, he approaches Tybalt and tells him that he does love Tybalt and her tenders the name Capulet as much as his own name. When Mercurio steps in to fight for Romeo and dies, Romeo changes. Romeo exclaims that Juliet’s beauty had changed his disposition into a soft one. He goes after Tybalt and fights him to avenge Mercutio. Romeo reaches his breaking point. I found it interesting that he said, “Either thou or I, or both, must go with him.” (line 134) Romeo would die for Mercutio, or Tybalt can die, or both can die. Along as Mercutio is avenged. This is a new Romeo we see. He is reckless, he wants to fight someone, and he doesn’t care if anyone dies. He does this for a Montague. At first, Romeo wanted to end this feud, but here he murders a Capulet on behalf of a Montague. Obviously the romance is important, or else we wouldn’t even have the play. However, we have to remember that this feud can’t remain quiet for long. Juliet is a Capulet, just as Romeo is a Montague at heart.

    • Great job! I think Romeo sees how Mercutio fought for him and now he is dead and Romeo just gets filled with anger. We mentioned earlier on that anger can change the way you think and Romeo lost his friend. Even though Mercutio made fun of Romeo, Romeo laughed with him and stayed with him, he was a good friend and now that he is dead, he is overfilled with emotions. Keep up the great work!

  5. Right before the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt, Romeo refuses to duel with Tybalt. Romeo does not want to fight with the Capulets now that they are his family. He also doesn’t want to fight with them probably because Juliet would get upset, and he would not do anything to make her unhappy. Tybalt, hearing that Romeo does not wish to fight, gets mad and annoyed. Tybalt likes to fight, as said in the beginning, when he said that he hated the word peace. Romeo still strives for peace, as does Benvolio. “Tybalt: ‘Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries/ That thou hast done me. Therefore turn and draw.’ Romeo: 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.’”(page 119, lines 67-73) The second part of Romeo’s mini speech can mean two things. It could either mean that Romeo despises Tybalt or that he loves Tybalt. When Romeo and Juliet were talking about their names, Romeo said that he didn’t like his name because it meant that he and Juliet could not be together. If he despises his name, that must mean that he despises Tybalt as well. If by name, Romeo means actual person, then Romeo would be saying that he loves Tybalt as much as he loves and cares for himself. I think that Romeo is referring to the second one; that he loves Tybalt like a blood relative. That would make more sense since Romeo is trying to stop the two from fighting. I hope that Juliet does not get too upset about Romeo killing Tybalt.

  6. After reading Act 3, scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, I think we found the spark to the “new mutiny” in the play. This all starts with Mercutio. As we discussed in class, Mercutio has a correlation with Mercury. Mercury is the god of mischief. As we know from the scene when the nurse goes to the church, Mercutio likes to make a lot of rude jokes about people. The Capulets already challenged Mercutio to a brawl and Benvolio told Mercutio that they should go inside, however, Mercution refuses to. Once the Capulets arrive, Tybalt wishes to speak to Romeo. While he waits, Tybalt and Mercutio have a big roast battle. Finally, Romeo does arrive and Tybalt tries to find out why he went to the party and challenged him to a duel. Then Romeo tells him that he will not fight Tybalt for a good reason. He says this because he and Tybalt are Kinsman because Romeo and Juliet got married. Because Romeo does not tell Tybalt his reason, he decides to not fight anyone until he finds out and almost even leaves. Then, Mercution decides to try to duel him since Romeo refuses to. Romeo tries to break up the violence, but when he tries to stop them, Tybalt accidentally stabs Mercutio through Romeo’s arm and that eventually kills him. Romeo, furious that Mercutio is dead, challenges Tybalt to a duel and kills Tybalt. After the death of two important characters, there is no way it will be forgotten. The fight has just begun.

  7. Many important events to the story happen in this scene. Two important characters, Mercutio and Tybalt, are both killed. Mercutio had always seemed very insecure and unsure about himself, and acted wildly around most people. We see him act outrageous and brashly around his friends, but around Benviolo and Romeo he is his true self. So, he decides to challenge Tybalt to a duel, somebody who is well known to be a great fighter. This is so he can be looked at as somebody who is fearless by his friends and relatives. This playful fighting ends up getting Mercutio killed by Tybalt, who stabbed Mercutio accidentally. Tybalt feels very badly about what he has done, and his group of friends decide it is best for him to flee the scene. But, Romeo will not let him get away without justice, and chases him down after realizing what he had done. Romeo had been a very peaceful and loving person up to this point, and he even tried to break up the duel between Mercutio and Tybalt. However, Romeo is completely overcome with rage and anger toward Tybalt due to the death of his friend. He kills Tybalt in their fight, and after, the Prince finds out what has happened. This is obviously not a good sequence of events for Romeo, and he ends up getting exiled from the town of Verona, therefore making his relationship with Juliet even more difficult than it already was.

  8. In Act III, scene i of Romeo and Juliet, the feud between Montague and Capulet heightens, resulting in the death of two of our characters. In the beginning, Tybalt arrives with a group of other Capulets. He is searching for Romeo to fight, because of his intrusion into the party. When Romeo arrives, he implores him to lay down his sword, but Mercutio intervenes and challenges Tybalt. They fight, and when Romeo attempts to break them up, Tybalt stabs him underneath Romeo’s arm and deals a fatal blow.
    At this, Romeo becomes wrathful and chases him. They fight, and Romeo ends up slaying Tybalt. The Prince of Verona then arrives with Montague and Capulet with their wives and exiles Romeo from the city. The question many people would ask if told to find out who to blame, would be who started it. However, the Prince sees it as the fault of both Montagues and Capulets, and promises to harshly punish both houses accordingly. I predict this will play a role in furthering the plot, eventually bringing us to the conclusion that both houses should express regret for their feud and make amends. In addition, I wonder what will happen to the relationship between Romeo and Juliet. Now that Romeo cannot enter Verona, they have no way of meeting. In response to William’s comment, I predict that Romeo will endeavor to be with Juliet in secret. If he is caught, he will be the spark for another battle between the Montagues and Capulet.

  9. An extremely important event has just occurred in this scene. In the end of the scene, Mercurio and Tybalt lays dead, while Romeo is banished from Verona. Mercurio was fighting while Romeo was trying to stop them from fighting, to obey the orders of the prince. Unfortunately, during the brawl, Tybalt accidentally stabs and kills Mercurio, and he and the other Capulets fled the scene. Longing for revenge, Romeo chases Tybalt to a duel. In the end, Romeo is triumphant, while Tybalt lays on the ground, and he flees the scene. When the citizens and the prince enter the scene, Benvolio explains what has just occurred. Lady Capulet demanded that Romeo was slain for the death of her brother’s child, but Mercurio was his kinsmen, so he decides to banish Romeo instead. Basically, it is a lose-lose for everyone. The Montagues had their son banished, the Capulets’ cousin Tybalt was slain, the prince lost his kinsmen, and Juliet cannot be with Romeo. Despite Romeo’s efforts to keep his family and his family-in-law from fighting, he couldn’t prevent what had just happened.

  10. Tonight I would like to discuss the idea that characters deserve what happens to them or not, and why Shakespeare makes certain things happen to certain characters. The first thing that comes to mind is Romeo and Juliet dying in general. Of course they should not have died for their love, but why does Shakespeare make them die? As we know it was a common idea in plays at the time for two people to love each other that shouldn’t, but I want to know what lesson Shakespeare is trying to teach us through this. Is it to obey what your parents say? Is it to keep fighting to be happy? My next example is Mercutio dying. First of all I would like to say that I think he deserved it. He was always causing trouble and being rude and he finally got what he deserved. I think that this was the point where Shakespeare is trying to say that it isn’t a game anymore and that more dramatic things are going to happen. This is the first super dramatic thing that has happened, sure Romeo has snuck into the Capulet gardens to see Juliet, but there were no consequences. This is the first thing that has had consequences. It seems like more and more insane things are going to happen as we read, beginning with this. Next, did Romeo deserve to be kicked out of Verona? I’m not sure since he was fighting since his best friend had just been killed, but he was warned about fighting again. Technically both Capulet and Montague should be punished, according to the Prince in the first scene, not Romeo. Now, why was Romeo punished. From Shakespeare’s point of view it was to add more of a struggle to Romeo and Juliet’s journey. I’m sure that living in different towns will be hard for them. From the Prince’s point of view, the others had to be warned. I think that Mercutio dying was warning enough, but they are known for defiance and fighting when told not to. I see why Shakespeare had the prince kick Romeo out, from both their points of view, and I’m excited to see how Romeo and Juliet will get around this obstacle.

    • I enjoyed reading your blog. I liked your overarching questions and the demonstrations you used. I only disagree with one slight thing. When you mention Mercutio deserved to die, the movie portrayed him as horribly obnoxious, but the book displays him as just insensitive and rude to some extent. Of course, those are bad qualities, however, are they so bad Mercutio deserved to die?

  11. In tonights reading of Act 3 Scene i of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, a lot of drama happens. Tybalt and Mercutio have a fight and Romeo tries to stop the fight. Tybalt ends up killing Mercutio, and out of anger, Romeo kills Tybalt. This is another example of how anger can change your actions. When the Prince heard about the fight, he asked for the full story. Benvolio explained what happened and claimed he said the whole truth. Personally, I feel as if Romeo should’ve been with the Prince, telling him what happened, because after all, people see things from different perspectives. The Prince wanted to know who started the fight, but who started it depends on how you look at it. He also asks who is to blame for all of this and he finally settles on Romeo. Wait a minute, Romeo was the one who tried to stop the fight, why don’t you talk to Romeo, hear what others say about the scene and then declare the one to blame. If he was a good prince he would find ways to stop it from happening again and would know that it’s not only one person’s fault. Anyways, the Prince proseeds to saying, “And for that offence Immediately we do exile him hence. I have an interest in your hearts’ proceeding.
    My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding. But I’ll amerce you with so strong a fine
    That you shall all repent the loss of mine. I will be deaf to pleading and excuses. Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses, Therefore use none. Let Romeo hence in haste, Else, when he’s found, that hour is his last. Bear hence this body and attend our will. Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.” This can be translated to, Romeo is banned from Verona because of this crime. Mercutio was my relative, and he lies dead because of your bloody feud. I’ll punish you so harshly that you’ll regret fighting. I won’t listen to your excuses. You can’t get out of trouble by praying or crying, so don’t bother. Tell Romeo to leave the city immediately, or else, if he is found, he will be killed. I think Romeo should get punished but I also think being kicked out isn’t the right punishment. I don’t know what the right punishment would be but I do know that they need to learn a lesson. Why would the Prince kick Romeo out without hearing him? Why is the idea of running away keep on occurring? Tybalt ran away from the scene, Romeo ran away from the scene, and now Romeo is now being forced to leave Verona. I think that people should fight and stand for what they believe in instead of backing down. If I was Romeo I would talk to the Prince and explain things.

  12. In tonight’s reading, we learn that Mercutio and Tybalt are dead from a fight in the streets that they were warned to never let happen again but it dead. Tybalt and Mercutio get into a fight in the streets, at first it starts kind of playful, with no intention of either side to hurt one another. But then, Tybalt (after getting ticked off by Mercutio) accidentally stabs him with the sword. People don’t realize that Mercutio is in pain and Tybalt runs away, until we learn the Mercutio really is in pain and Romeo confronts him because his friend just died. Tybalt is eventually dead, because of Romeo and his anger. The death and violence in this scene was unnecessary and as soon as it is over, they realize that the fighting was a childish mistake. This was an interesting approach to take the play to, because now I’m not sure what is going to happen to Romeo or if Juliet will be confused or angry. If I’m being brutally honest, I would say that it was the boys fault that they died in the streets that day. Instead of running around like children and hurting others while getting themselves killed, they could’ve been mature and gotten over the duel between the families. They are kids and they are allowed to make mistakes but they should’ve known that something bad was going to happen if they continued to ignore rules and regulations set by the prince. All of them let their pride overthrow their wits and their smarts and that is what made them fail in the end. This is what Shakespeare wanted us to realize, if we don’t take time to step back and think about if our actions before we proceed. To figure out if they are a smart decision or a stupid one, we can easily end up hurt in the end.

    • Great Job, Ryan! Your blog was terrific! I agree with everything you said, and you showed a great knowledge and understanding of the scene. Keep up the great work!

  13. In Act III, Scene i of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, we the readers get more action from Benvolio, Mercutio, and Tybalt. First and foremost, when Benvolio and Mercutio are talking on the streets of Verona, Tybalt arrives looking for Romeo. Although Benvolio hopes to avoid interacting with the Capulets, Mercutio constantly provokes and tries to draw Tybalt into an argument so that they can fight. Next, Romeo appears and Tybalt insults him, hoping he will respond to the challenge, but Romeo refuses. It turns out that Romeo is now related to Tybalt through his marriage to Juliet, which adds to the interesting aspect of families in this story. The fact that Romeo refused to fight, angered and disgusted Mercutio, who took action on Tybalt’s insults on Romeo’s behalf. Immediately, Tybalt and Mercutio draw their swords and fight on the spot. As a result, Romeo steps between them to try and stop the fight, but Tybalt brutally stabs Mercutio. Mercutio’s dies and says the words,”A plague o’ both your houses!” as he is dying. I wonder why Tybalt just decided to attack that hard, and whether or not he meant to kill him. In fury and rage over Mercutio’s death, Romeo attacks Tybalt and kills him just like he had killed Mercutio. After that, Romeo is forced to flee through a mob of citizens as the Prince arrives at the scene. Finally, Benvolio explains what had just happened to the Prince, and the Prince banishes Romeo from Verona under the penalty of death. He also orders Lords Montague and Capulet to pay a heavy fine, as a punishment. I wonder if Romeo meant to kill Tybalt and whether he thought about potential consequences before acting. Since Tybalt and Juliet are related, I wonder if and how that will change their relationship. I hope to read more and learn more about Romeo, Juliet, and their everlasting love story.

  14. I am surprised at how quickly a walk in the town square escalated to multiple murders and Romeo banished from fair Verona. At the beginning of the chapter Mercutio, Benvolio, and their men are walking in the town square. Benvolio, always acting intelligently, warns Mercutio the Capulets might also be in the town square and then another brawl could start. That is exactly what happens. Tybalt, Petruchio, and some Capulets enter the town square and quickly Mercutio and Tybalt start verbally fighting. When Romeo enters, Tybalt tries to sword fight Romeo but he refuses. Tybalt and Mercutio then start fighting. Of course, they are both trying to win the fight yet neither of them tries to badly wound the other because they both understand the consequence. Romeo tries to stop the fight by stopping Mercutio from fighting, however, this just prevents Mercutio from being able to block one of Tybalt’s strikes. The wound turns out to be fatally and Mercutio dies. Mercutio has always been Romeo’s best friend and so obviously Romeo is angry at this turn of events. In an act of revenge, Romeo finds Tybalt and kills him. At this point, Montague, Capulet, and the prince show up. The prince, based on Benvolio’s description of the events, decide to allow Romeo to live but banishes Romeo from Verona. No one ever intended for this to happen, still, it did when the fighting got out of control. I definitely feel bad for Romeo though there is one person I feel worse for. Juliet! She just married Romeo and on their first day of marriage, Romeo manages to kill her cousin and get himself expelled from the town they live in. I understand that both Romeo and Juliet really love each other, but this will be a lot for Juliet to take in. Juliet has not found out about this incident yet, but when she does how will she react? Based on the prologue and our understanding of this tragedy we know Juliet will remain in love with Romeo, however, will she move away with him or remain in Verona? Act 3 Scene 1 creates many new problems that will be interesting to watch play out over the upcoming scenes.

  15. In tonight’s reading of Romeo and Juliet, many big events occur, including the two deaths of supporting characters Mercutio and Tybalt. It all begins as Tybalt comes to duel with Mercutio and is broken up by Romeo. This causes Tybalt to get the advantage and wound Mercutio. Eventually he dies, with Benvolio telling Romeo, “O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio is dead./ That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds,” (ll. 121-122, page 123). Romeo is sent into an immediate rage, and soon Tybalt reenters. Romeo then duels and slays Tybalt, before making a hasty exit. Soon villagers and the prince arrive and issue a decree exiling Romeo for his actions. This scene was very interesting. I found it to be action packed and probably my favorite so far. However, I was surprised by how quickly it progressed. In the span of a couple of lines, the situation went from Benvolio and Mercutio fooling around to Mercutio dead at the hands of Tybalt. I think Shakespeare did this for a certain reason. Him causing the scene to progress so quickly adds to the shock and awe as nobody was expecting the conflict to escalate. This scene is important in the context of the whole plot, too. This scene changed the whole landscape. Whereas the story was mainly about the love of Juliet and Romeo, now the balance is thrown off because Romeo has been exiled and there is fresh hatred for both Capulet and Montague. This will almost certainly cause hostilities to grow and I would not be surprised if we saw more fights such as this in future scenes. What I found most puzzling was why Shakespeare chose to kill off two important characters in one scene. I think he did so to characterize Romeo. By making him run Tybalt through with his sword, Shakespeare really shows the true anger and hatred coursing through his veins because of Mercutio. To be honest, I was caught completely off guard with this scene, however in the end was delighted by the reading and look forward to scene iv.

    • I love how you said that the scene was fast-moving and very different from the love scenes of Romeo and Juliet. I agree, this was one of my favorite scenes! Nice work!

  16. During tonight’s reading, I found that there are inconsistencies in what the Prince of Verona says. At the beginning of the book, he states “If you ever disturb our streets again,/ You shall pay the price with your lives” Act I scene I, lines 98-99. This is, however, inconsistent with what he states later in the story, “And for that offense, / Immediately do we exile him hence… Let Romeo hence in haste,/ Else when he is found, that hour is his last” So then, what does the Prince represent? We know that Romeo and Juliet are doomed to pass by the end of this story, and yet, this would not come to happen if there had been no hate or power to act upon the love between, Romeo and Juliet. This has lead me to believe that as well as most likely being one of the unpredictable forces acting upon the love between Romeo and Juliet, he also seems to represent the many ways that Romeo and Juliet are victims of the circumstance. He seems to be acting in the way he needs to, as even though it seems that there should be no problem, he rightfully has to blame someone, or else there would be outrage in the house of Capulet. There is one problem with the prince’s solution. Because Tybalt is dead, there is no one left to blame for killing Mercutio, and because of this, I predict that we will see much outrage from the house of Montague against the house of Capulet.

    • Well, the Prince isn’t really being inconsistent. The offense he was talking about earlier in the play was different than the offense he is punishing Romeo for now. Montague says, “His fault concludes but what the law should end, / The life of Tybalt,” (III.i.194-195). Romeo is being punished for taking the law into his own hands, which is different from just triggering a fight between the two houses, because Romeo’s actions here are actually somewhat justified. Other than that, great blog! Keep up the good work!

      • I agree Arjun. Romeo’s actions are morally justified, but taking the law into your own hands is where they become politically unjustified. I do not disagree nor agree with the prince, but it is truly a very controversial event.

  17. In Act III scene i, Tybalt and Mercutio end up in a duel, and they both eventually get killed. Mercutio is killed by Tybalt, and the vengeful Romeo kills Tybalt. This all goes on in the marketplace, for all to see. This is another example of day and night in this play. There are many romantic scenes of Romeo and Juliet at night, and in the day, there are lots of fights, and two people end up being killed. I don’t think that it is a coincidence that all the fights that took place in this play was in the daytime and in the marketplace. This is very odd because usually, the day is bright and happy, while the night is mysterious and dark. However, in this play, it is the other way around, the action taking place in the day time. Also, why would the fight take place in the main square where everyone can see? The marketplace normally busy and filled with lots of action, so Shakespeare may have chosen this location because the center of town is where are the action takes place, and it already gives off high energy.
    Tybalt is the kinsman of the Capulet family, and I am sure that Juliet had some-what of a good relationship with him. However, now that Romeo killed him, will Juliet be on Tybalt’s side? Will she defend Romeo? How will this affect their relationship? We all know that Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love, but now with Tybalt’s death, Juliet might look at Romeo differently. We didn’t really get Juliet’s perspective on this fight, and I am eager to find out how it affects her.

  18. In tonight’s reading, we read about the death of Mercutio and Tybalt. Two very important children of the rival families that lead the other houses. Meaning, Mercutio leads the Montague children against Tybalt and the children of the Capulet house. We mentioned in class, that Mercutio is also Mercury, the god of mischief. We see a prime example of carelessness of this in this scene. He has an encounter with Tybalt and finally, one thing leads to another, and then Tybalt stabbed him in the chest mistakenly. When Mercutio dies, Romeo goes after Tybalt in anger. In this scene, we see what anger really does to a person. Romeo, the person who initially took the responsible decision, tried stopping Mercutio and Tybalt from fighting. Now, due to anger, he kills a person and is banished from Verona. We see here that now the rival between the two families has elevated. Two loved individuals from both families are dead, and now there are consequences. I am anxious to read about what will happen next with Romeo and Juliet’s love and how the hatred between the two families will continue to elevate.

  19. In Act III, scene i, we lose a beloved character (as well as Tybalt, who, in my personal opinion, isn’t as popular). When Romeo rejected Tybalt’s challenge to a duel, Mercutio stepped up. He found Romeo’s declaration of peace to be dishonorable. “O calm, dishonorable, vile submission! / Alla stoccato carries it away,” (III.i.74-75). In thier battle, Mercutio is fatally wounded and dies. Romeo, in his anger, avenges Mercutio and slays Tybalt in a duel. This scene reminds us that Romeo and Juliet is meant to be a tragedy. Up until now, we haven’t really seen anything tragic happen. Now, what does this entail for Romeo and Juliet’s relationship? Will Juliet hold a grudge against Romeo for murdering one of her family? Will she find a way to accept it? Moving on from that idea, let’s talk about the setting. (I already read Ellie’s blog, and I want to build on some of the ideas that she mentioned.) This fight took place right in the marketplace during the daytime. Benvolio did suggest that they move to a private place. “We talk here in the public haunt of men. / Either withdraw unto some private place, / Or reason coldly of your grievances, / Or else depart. Here all eyes gaze on us,” (III.i.351-354). Benvolio is being rational here. He knows that if anyone sees, they could report it to the Prince, and it would be both Capulet’s and Montague’s heads. However, Mercutio doesn’t really care. “Men’s eyes were made to look, and let them gaze. / I will not budge for no man’s pleasure, I,” (III.i.55-56). Mercutio’s hatred and determination gets in the way of his rational thought, as it does throughout the book. Not just for Mercutio, though. We see feelings blocking rational thought as a consistent idea throughout the book. Romeo’s love gets in the way of his thought process, getting married the day after he meets a girl. And look what happens to them. In the end, they both die. Maybe Shakespeare is also telling us to think things through. It’s good to love, and it’s good to be determined, but don’t let it cloud your thoughts. Moving on, we see that this battle happened during the daytime. This is odd because normally, daytime symbolizes good and nighttime bad. In this play, it’s backwards. Romeo and Juliet’s live takes place at night, while all the fights happen during the day. But Romeo and Juliet’s love is more dangerous than any kind of conflict. Another way of interpreting it is that this whole play is backwards (and I don’t mean this in a bad way). It doesn’t follow the rules of the stereotypical fairy tale. That’s the exact opposite of Romeo and Juliet. Because this play doesn’t have a happy ending. It’s a tragedy.

  20. Like most of everyone, I too want to talk about Mercutio. Mercutio was a friend of Romeo. Not just a friend, a great friend. But that’soon bot the only interesting thing about him, he was a very… interesting person. Mercutio was very outspoken, he was always trying to be funny and the “cool” person of his group. He is constantly found no fun of Romeo, or jetting about someone else, say, the nurse. But sadly, Mercutio comes to an early end. Tybalt, one of the Capulets, challenged Romeo, and Mercutio took it personally. He got into a fight with Tybalt in the public square. The fight was more of a way to show off then anything else. Mercutio was just making fun of Tybalt during and before, and Tybalt was showing off his skills as an accomplished duelist. In the end, Mercutio’s personality is what got the best of him. As he was doing an exasperated move, he ended up putting Tybalt’s sword into his chest. Tubalt realizes this, cleans his sword and quickly leaves, and Mercutio continues to talk badly of Tybalt, and of the victory he has accomplished. Mercutio dies in the end, because he does not want to admit that he did sonething, and there were bad consequences. Mercutio was a very interesting man, and I would have liked to hear more from him, but sadly he was killed. But atleast his death was not unanswered, because soon after Romeo kills Tybalt. Shakespeare’s play has taken a very seriuse turn, and I find it hard for it to go back to its usuall lightness, nut just because of the deaths, but also because one of the characters more responsible for the comedy of the play was one of those deaths.

    • Remy, I think you make a great point about the play taking a more serious turn now that two people have died, and I really agree with your analysis of Mercutio’s character. He definitely seems to be the comic relief of the play, though he often takes things too far and lets his pride get the best of him. Great response!

  21. Tonight, we read the first act of scene III in Romeo and Juliet. This, in my interpretation, is the first situation in the play where something genuinely goes wrong. Events in this play have been foreshadowed and could easily have been predicted. From Juliet rejecting Paris to loving Romeo so quickly, it is a perfect story. In a quick change, however, the fire between the Montague and Capulet households has reached a maximum. Things begin going wrong after Mercutio and Tybalt continue fighting, against Romeo and the Prince’s orders. In this fighting, there was a different feeling than in the previous incident in the town square. The imagery that Shakespeare provides was filled with humor in the first fight scene. Many of us were able to quickly distinguish the idea that their fight was pointless and just a joke. However, this scene gave me a different feeling. Instead, this scene felt as if there was wrongdoing around the corner. I myself predicted that this fight would result in Tybalt being upset and slaying Mercutio with the intention to do so. After Mercutio falls, I quickly knew that Romeo was filled with anger towards Tybalt, even though he knew it was truly his fault that Mercutio died. With these emotions, it was expected for me that Romeo would be a leading role in punishing Tybalt. Surprisingly, Romeo duels with Tybalt in order to obtain justice for Mercutio. I basically just summarized the main events, but how does this matter?

    A theory I have is that Shakespeare makes it easy for the audience to predict what will happen, but uses that to still surprise us with how it will happen. Events constantly play out in a methodical manner that makes the play easier to follow. Take Romeo and Juliet’s relationship as an example. We both know that they will have a relationship, but did we truly believe it would reach this type of degree? Normally, they would simply see each other in private and be considered lovers but never have the an official title. Now, both are married to each other, and they even have received approval from others. This is important because it may help us with “expecting the unexpected” for future events. We all know that Romeo will try to stay with Juliet, but the challenge is finding to what extent will this happen.

  22. Tonight’s reading, some very important things occurred. In this scene, Mercutio was slain by Tybalt. In a heated rage, Romeo kills Tybalt. Throughout the entire novel/play, I feel Romeo’s greatest flaw has been his impulsivity. Something tells me that this will factor into the tragedy element of the play. Romeo impulsively kills Tybalt without realizing the prince’s warning about what will happen if the two houses fight. Killing Tybalt will not bring Mercutio back, but he’s sinking to Tybalt’s level which completely defeats the purpose of killing him. If Romeo stopped to think about what he was doing and how similar he was being to Tybalt. At least Tybalt wasn’t intending to murder Mercutio but instead intimidate him, but Romeo purposefully took a life. He’s behaving in the exact way he despises. Whatever punishment he received he deserved, he really jumped the gun. It’s nice to want to avenge your fallen friend, but killing his murderer won’t bring him back to life.

  23. In our reading, we come across a very important, fateful scene. It all starts with Capulets approaching the Montegues. Tensions escalate until Romeo arrives. To.so bad just been married, and is probably living the most wonderful day of his life. It even holds a chance of ending this constant feud between the Montague and Capulet households. Instead, Tybalt begins calling him out, and challenges him to a duel. Romeo, however is euphoric, and instead rejects the offer, denouncing any association with him and his family. This upsets both Tybalt and Mercutio, who afterwards raise tensions to the point where they fight. The duel is meant more so to serve as an insult to the loser, and the aim was to humiliate each other. This, however ends in Mercutio’s accidental death. Romeo is now furious. It would seem strange for Romeo, but he has had it with fighting. He has just married and intended to mend this divide, but Tybalt went and killed another person. Romeo, with this newfound hate, and with Tybalt’s shame, takes the advantage and in a twist, kills Tybalt. As the prince finds out, he is furious, and orders Romeo be executed. The sheer astronomical chance of all of these things falling together demonstrates how truly star-crossed Romeo and Juliet’s love is. Against all odds, they marry, and against all odds again, events fall into order such that Romeo is doomed to die. As the prologue suggested, their fates doomed Romeo and Juliet from the start.

  24. In act III scene i many unfortunate and unexpected events occur. Two important characters in the play meet their unfortunate ends. These characters being mercutio and tybalt. It starts off with a duel between both of them. This duel was not intended to seriously hurt anyone but only a mechanism to humiliate each other and their house. Even this being the case Romeo is strongly against it and tries to break it apart a few times. However this harmless feud takes a turn to the worse when Mercutio gets hurt by Tybalt’s blade and slowly dies without any of his friends thinking it was true. Eventually Mercutio dies and Romeo is just filled with pure anger. He was so angry that Romeo confronts Tybalt and kills him purposely. Which is pretty ironic considering that he was against the fighting in the first place. Eventually the prince is so angry that he call for the execution of Romeo. This seems to be very unfortunate since he just married Juliet. Clearly throughout this scene and the whole play Romeos emotions and feelings take over leaving little to no logic or reasonable thinking left in him.

  25. In Act III, Scene I, we see the play take an unfortunate turn, as two people are killed. Tybalt is trying instigate a fight with Romeo, who refuses, but Mercutio steps in and they fight instead. Romeo eventually gets in between them to try and stop the duel, but Mercutio is accidently fatally wounded. Tybalt flees the area and Mercutio keeps on making jokes even though he is very hurt. He eventually dies from the stab wound and Romeo becomes enraged, and when Tybalt returns they begin to duel and Romeo kills Tybalt. Benvolio knows that Romeo will be held responsible so he tells him to run, and he tells the Prince, Montague, and Capulet about what happened. The Prince agrees to not kill Romeo, for Tybalt had also slain Mercutio, but he banishes Romeo from Verona. This was a very action packed scene, and it moved very quickly. I’m not sure if this was Shakespeare’s intention, but the swiftness of the whole thing really emphasized the impulsiveness of the boys involved. Mercutio was glad to begin dueling with Tybalt, even though it was banned, and Romeo was very quick to get his revenge. We talked about fatal flaws a little bit in class, and I think that impulsiveness is a lot of the concerning parties’ flaw. Mercutio’s flaw may be a bit different, something more like great pride or the inability to know when to stop. Even after being stabbed, he was still making jokes and pretending that he was fine, but if he had admitted that he was hurt, he may have been able to get help before dying. Ms. Quinson said that a hero’s fatal flaw is what will eventually get him killed, and that is certainly the case here.

  26. The death of Tybalt and Mercutio definitely made new problems for Juliet and Romeo’s relationship. There is even less of a chance that they will be able to end up together. Romeo has been banished, and is in even more danger of being killed by the Capulets because of their seething vengeance over avenging Tybalt’s death. Will Juliet pull through to get to Romeo?

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