Who Is to Blame for Mercutio's Death

1020 Words Apr 15th, 2012 5 Pages
. Firstly, Tybalt is to blame for Mercutio’s death as he actually gave him the wound that killed him. Also, Tybalt provokes Mercutio by insulting Romeo, ‘Thou art a villain.’ This is one of the biggest insults that Tybalt can give and would usually be followed by a duel. However, Romeo calmly replies by saying ‘Villain I am none / Therefore farewell. I see thou know’st me not.’ Because Romeo is not defending his honour, Mercutio is provoked by Tybalt’s insults and starts insulting Tybalt himself. This is what leads to the two of them fighting and Mercutio getting his fatal wound. So, if Tybalt didn’t insult Romeo or fight Mercutio, Mercutio wouldn’t have been killed. Romeo is also to blame for Mercutio’s death because he …show more content…
This also means that Benvolio is to blame for Mercutio’s death because he persuaded Romeo to go to this party where he met Juliet ‘Go hither, and with unattained eye / Compare her face with some that I shall show.’ If Benvolio hadn’t persuaded Romeo to go to Capulet’s party, he wouldn’t have met Juliet. I think that one of the biggest causes of Mercutio’s death is the ‘ancient grudge’ between the ‘two households’, the Capulet’s and Montague’s. This is a massive cause because this alone was what started off all the fights. After Mercutio has been mortally wounded, he sees that this is why he is dying, which is why he says ‘a plague o’ both your houses!’ If the Montague’s and Capulet’s weren’t fighting, Tybalt wouldn’t have gone up to Romeo and insulted him. If that never happened, Mercutio would have never fought Tybalt and died. Also, all of the other reasons for Mercutio’s death would have never happened if the Capulet’s and Montague’s weren’t fighting. In conclusion, there are many people to blame for the death of Mercutio, and if any one of these reasons didn’t happen, Mercutio might not have died in Act 3 Scene 1. However, I think that the most important cause of Mercutio’s death and who should take the biggest responsibility for his death is the grudge between Montague and Capulet. This is because all of the fights, including the one between
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