Act III, Scene 1
Setting: Monday afternoon, street of Verona
Characters in Scene: Mercutio, Benvolio, Petruchio, Romeo, Officers, Mercutio’s Page, Old Capulet, Old Montague, Lady Capulet and Lady Montague, Prince, others
Mercutio and Benvolio are in a street in Verona during a hot day. Tybalt enters and asks a word to one of them and insults Mercutio. Benvolio warns them to not fight in public. Then Romeo came and Tybalt challenges him to a fight, for gate-crashing the Capulet’s party. Romeo declines because he knew that Tybalt is now his cousin. Hearing Tybalt insult Romeo, and seeing Romeo not fighting back, Mercutio finds it dishonorable and offered to fight Tybalt. They fight. As Romeo tries to stop them, Tybalt got the chance to stab Mercutio. Knowing that Mercutio has been stabbed in Romeo’s arm, he curses both houses by saying, “A plague a’both your houses,” before dying.
Romeo runs after Tybalt and fought him. Tybalt falls and died. Benvolio then tells Romeo to run away. Then entered the Prince who asked who started the fight, and banned Romeo in Verona, and if seen, he will be killed.
Key Quotation: O, I am fortune’s fool -Romeo
And if we meet we shall not ‘scape a brawl, For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring. -Benvolio