Elizabethan society generally believed that a man too much in love lost his manliness.Romeo clearly subscribes to that belief, as can be seen when he states that his love for Juliet had made him “effeminate.” Once again, however, this statement can be seen as a battle between the private world of love and the public world of honor, duty, and friendship.
Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo’s arm, and as Mercutio falls, Tybalt and his men hurry away.
Mercutio dies, cursing both the Montagues and the Capulets: “A plague o’ both your houses” (3.1.87), and still pouring forth his wild witticisms: “Ask for me tomorrow, and / you shall find me a grave man” (3.1.93–94).
Enraged, Romeo declares that his love for Juliet has made him effeminate, and that he should have fought Tybalt in Mercutio’s place.
When Tybalt, still angry, storms back onto the scene, Romeo draws his sword. Benvolio urges Romeo to run; a group of citizens outraged at the recurring street fights is approaching.
The Romeo who duels with Tybalt is the Romeo who Mercutio would call the “true” Romeo.
The Romeo who sought to avoid confrontation out of concern for his wife is the person Juliet would recognize as her loving Romeo.Mercutio’s response to his fate, however, is notable in the ways it diverges from Romeo’s response.Romeo blames fate, or fortune, for what has happened to him. He seems to see people as the cause of his death, and gives no credit to any larger force.Benvolio is still very aware of the consequences and tries to be the peace maker, where as Tybalt still wants to fight again.The scene is placed in public places both times which shows us how they are affecting the public and that they are unafraid of fighting whilst well aware of the princes' speech.As one who has displayed such traits, Romeo is banished from Verona.Earlier, the Prince acted to repress the hatred of the Montagues and the Capulets in order to preserve public peace; now, still acting to avert outbreaks of violence, the Prince unwittingly acts to thwart the love of Romeo and Juliet.A fully differentiated lesson that looks at the key scene of Act 3 Scene 1 from Romeo and Juliet where Tybalt looks for revenge on Romeo for attending the Capulet party and what happens to Romeo and his friend Mercutio as a result.Includes differentiated activities, key quotes, key words and terms and engaging and clear resources that are very useful for students analysing the text regardless of age.Romeo, shocked at what has happened, cries “O, I am fortune’s fool! The Prince enters, accompanied by many citizens, and the Montagues and Capulets.Benvolio tells the Prince the story of the brawl, emphasizing Romeo’s attempt to keep the peace, but Lady Capulet, Tybalt’s aunt, cries that Benvolio is lying to protect the Montagues. Prince Escalus chooses instead to exile Romeo from Verona.