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Is Mercutio responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet?

A court case
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Jess Vodilka

on 22 January 2013

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Transcript of Is Mercutio responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet?

Mercutio: Innocent or Guilty? The Trial of Misdirected Jealousy and Confused Sexuality Is Mercutio In Love With Romeo? Mercutio becomes enraged when Tybalt accuses him of being involved with Romeo, which suggests something more than a platonic friendship. Mercutio's anger towards Tybalt's comment prompts a gory fight. At first, Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt because he is the cousin of Juliet. This fight ends with Tybalt slaying Mercutio, who, in turn, is killed by Romeo (eventhough he refused to fight Tybalt). Romeo is banished for his actions, inspiring Juliet to take a sleeping drug.
Tybalt: "Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo."
Mercutio: "Consort?...Here's my fiddlestick; here's that shall make you dance. Zounds, consort!"
(3. 1. 46-50)
Romeo's best friend, the jokester, the partygoer, the player. He is jealous of Romeo's love interest, Rosaline. The jealousy Mercutio harbors will play a great role in the death of Romeo and Juliet. The Jealousy Card Mercutio: "If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.
Now will he sit under a medlar tree
And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit
As maids call medlars when they laugh alone.
Oh Romeo, that she were! Oh, that she were
An open arse and thou a poperin pear."

(2.1. 36-41)

Mercutio is hinting that Romeo might really be in love, but is missing Mercutio's definition of women. Mercrutio does not want Romeo to have a woman as a companion, but rather for his personal enjoyment. This way, Romeo can focus more on his best friend (Mercutio). Mercutio seems jealous when he says that Romeo could actually be in love with someone that is not Mercutio. When Romeo dreams of love, Mercutio says love is a lie, concluding that Romeo actually had a sexual dream. Mercutio refers to the Queen of Mab, who is a prostitute that teaches others to have sex before a relationship (love), and that his dream of love was nothing but a silly imagination. Mercutio wants Romeo to accept him as a companion and only use women for pleasure.

Mercutio: (to Romeo) "Oh, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
Benvolio: Queen Mab, what's she.
Mercutio:"...This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,
That presses them and learns them first to bear,
Making them woman of good carriage.
This is she--"
(1.4.54-55 & 94-97) Women are Objects Men Use Meet Mercutio The Hard-Hearted Wench Mercutio: "Why, that same pale hard-hearted wench, that Rosaline, torments him, so that he will sure run mad."
(2.4.4-5)
Mercutio is showing his jealousy towards Rosaline by calling her a "wench" offending Romeo and claiming that she is the type of girl who drives men mad and is unworthy of Romeo's affections. Mercutio is unaware that Romeo is in love with Juliet. Romeo: "Give me a torch. I am not for this ambling. Being but heavy, I will bear the light."
Mercutio: "Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance."
Romeo: "Not I, believe me."
Mercutio: "You are a lover. Borrow Cupid's wings and soar with them above a common bound."
Romeo: "Under love's heavy burden do I sink."
Mercutio: "If love be rough with you, be rough with love."
(1.4.12-28)
In this conversation Mercutio tries to make Romeo forget about Rosaline by making him dance. Mercutio tells Romeo not to worry about Rosaline. Mercutio also refers to Romeo as "gentle," which implies that Mercutio thinks of Romeo in a more feminine way. Love Can't Dance Romeo: "I fear too early, for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars shall bitterly begin his fearful date with this night's revels, and expire the term of a despisèd life closed in my breast by some vile forfeit of untimely death. But he that hath the steerage of my course, direct my sail. On, lusty gentlemen."
(1.4.108-115)
Romeo has a feeling this night, full of music and laughter, will lead to bad things. Despite this concern, he lets Mercutio decide his fate, which insinuates he trusts Mercutio with his life.
If Mercutio never pushed Romeo to go to this party and meet a girl, Romeo never would have met and fallen in love with Juliet, and his bad feeling would not have become a reality. The Self Prophecy TIMELINE OF EVENTS:
1. Mercutio, Romeo's best friend, becomes jealous when Romeo pays more attention to Rosaline than to him.
2. He convinced Romeo to forget about Rosaline because she was not worth the trouble.
3. He encouraged Romeo to go to the party to forget about Rosaline.
4. At the party, Romeo met Juliet, fell in "love", and ended up abandoning Mercutio.
5. Mercutio was angry that Romeo had forgotten him at the party and curious as to what he was doing.
6. Tybalt provokes Mercutio by asking if he and Romeo were together. This started a duel.
7. Mercutio was killed by Tybalt during the fight.
8. Romeo then killed Tybalt and was banished as a result.
9. Romeo and Juliet were separated.
10. A desperate Juliet took a sleeping potion with the hope that it would help her and Romeo reunite.
11. Romeo and Juliet end up dead because of misunderstandings and miscommunications. Love Gone Wrong,
Thanks to Mercutio Mercutio: "A plague on both your houses."

(3.1.102)


After enduring a brutal stabbing from Tybalt, Mercutio puts a curse on both the Montague and Capulet houses for getting him involved in their feud. This line can be interpreted as the climax of the play because after this curse, everything spirals downhill. Although he did not want to intervene in the first place, Mercutio is not as completely innocent as he claims.
MERCUTIO:
GUILTY and RESPONSIBLE
for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet VERDICT Perpetual Family Curse http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi15663129/
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