Violence in Romeo and Juliet

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Cindy Burgos Burgos1 Mrs. Mantineo
English 1H
7 December 2011
Violence Kills
There are various cases of rampage and brutality in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” For example,” I am hurt. A plague o' both your houses! I am sped. Is he gone and hath nothing?” (Shakespeare III.i. 49-55). These were Mercutios last words before dying after the fight between him and Tybalt. Tybalt was still upset over the fact that Mercutio and Benvolio crashed the Capulet’s party, so when he saw them walking in the streets of Verona he was tempted to seek revenge on them. Tybalt proceeds to kill Mercutio and flees the scene. “Romeo, away, be gone! The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain. Stand not amazed. The Prince will doom thee death If thou art taken. Hence, be gone, away!” (Shakespeare III.v. 84-94). In this instance Benvolio is telling Romeo to get away because he has just killed Tybalt and the Prince will have him executed or ban him from Verona. Without these two models of assassination the plot of the story would have dramatically changed. In more detail, if Tybalt didn’t kill Mercutio, Romeo would not have gone after Tybalt and murdered him. If Romeo hadn’t slaughtered Tybalt he would have never been banned from Verona and would have known about Juliet feigning her death. If this is how the story would have turned out, neither Romeo nor Juliet would have committed suicide.


“Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday, Or never after look me in the face. Speak not. Reply not. Do not answer me. My fingers itch. Wife, we scarce thought us blest That God had lent us but...
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