Capulet-Montague Feud Results in Two Deaths
The feud between the Capulets and the Montagues endures. On July 15, 1594, in the streets of Verona, the feud resulted in the deaths of two gentlemen: Mercutio and Tybalt.
Monday afternoon, under the blazing sun, Mercutio and Benvolio encounter a Tybalt and his group of Capulets and the tension heats up. Romeo enters and Tybalt verbally mocks him and challenges him to a duel. Tybalt is enraged because Romeo showed up at the Capulet's Party and damaged the Capulet's reputation. This incident, along with Tybalt's hateful nature and the ongoing feud, has conjured a grudge between him and Romeo.
Romeo, on the other hand, was secretly married to Juliet earlier that day, and is now cousins with Tybalt. He is overjoyed and does not wish to engage in a duel, nor does he care about the hatred between the Capulets and the Montagues. He, of course, refuses to fight.
Mercutio, seeing Romeo's reluctance to fight, takes his place and confronts Tybalt. In the heat of the fight, Romeo comes between the two and reminds them of the forbiddance of future brawls. Tybalt sees the interruption and take the opportunity to stab Mercutio under Romeo's arm and flees.
Filled with vengeance and guilt over Mercutio's death, Romeo avenges his friend's death and kills Tybalt, ignoring the consequences of the law. He then flees to avoid punishment.
The Prince arrives, only to find Mercutio and Tybalt dead. Although Romeo has sinned by killing Tybalt, Tybalt would be executed anyways for his murder of Mercutio. Nevertheless, the Prince has the responsibility of keeping the peace, so he banishes Romeo and sends him to exile, for if he is found in Verona, he will surely be executed. Although Romeo is outlawed, his life is spared.
The feud has claimed two more lives, one of which, is neither a Montague nor Capulet. Will this scourge continue to claim the lives of innocent people?
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