Romeo and Juliet – Act 3.1

Mercutio, Tybalt, Benvolio, Romeo

The gist
Tybalt challenges Romeo to fight. Romeo refuses, but Mercutio steps forward and fights Tybalt. Romeo tries to stop the fight but Tybalt gives Mercutio a wound, then runs away. Mercutio dies. Romeo is ashamed of himself for letting Mercutio do the fighting. When Tybalt returns, Romeo kills him. Benvolio tells the Prince what happened. Lady Capulet wants Romeo dead, but the Prince fines and exiles Romeo.

“A plague a both your houses!” – Mercutio p137

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