Dramatic Purpose

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio Pages: 4 (1596 words) Published: June 18, 2013
Dramatic purpose
Act 3 Scene 1 is the main turning point of the play. It is during this scene that the play becomes a tragedy. The scene begins with Benvolio asking that they all go inside because he fears a brawl. Benvolio states, “I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, and, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl.” Mercutio ignores him and is entertaining everyone by taunting and provoking Tybalt. Soon the happily married Romeo enters. Tybalt calls Romeo a villain “Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford No better term than this, Thou art a villain” Tybalt calls Romeo a villain to coax him into duelling but also because he will have no regrets in slaying him. Tybalt becomes angry at Romeo “this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me, therefore turn and draw.” Tybalt thinks that Romeo is mocking him but Romeo still refuses to fight. Romeo tries to be nice to Tybalt, “I do protest I never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise.” Romeo is so blinded by his love for Juliet that he does not want anyone to get hurt, especially a cousin he just gained through marriage to Juliet. Mercutio then decides to fight on Romeo’s behalf since Romeo has dishonoured himself. Mercutio calls Romeo a coward “O calm, dishonourable vile submission:” Mercutio says this because Romeo decided to stand down like the common coward. Mercutio then tries to coax Tybalt into duelling him “[he draws] Tybalt, you rat catcher, will you walk?” Romeo tries to stop the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio by getting in between them. Romeo says to Mercutio, “Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up.” Even Benvolio tries to stop them. Benvolio being the peacekeeper did not want to watch Mercutio duel a Capulet of which there were many that hot afternoon. He was worried that on such a hot day the heat would cause tempers to rise easily. Benvolio tries to get the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio off the streets “We talk...
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