Date of publication: 2017-09-05 00:52
Mercutio and Tybalt
The continued brawling between clan members such as Tybalt and Mercutio directly leads to Romeo’s exile. Both Mercutio (Montagues) and Tybalt (Capulet) are troublemakers who reflect the patriarchal/masculine mindset that their reputation and honour must be protected at all cost. At this time, duelling was a traditional method of proving oneself and defending one 8767 s honour and dignity. When Romeo declines Tybalt’s challenge, Mercutio is infuriated at his ‘dishonourable and calm submission’ and draws his own sword instead. (Later, when Romeo breaks down because he is exiled, the nurse scolds him and tells him to ‘be a man’.
The Balcony Scene
Romeo visits the Capulet mansion at night. While hiding in the garden, he sees Juliet on a balcony and overhears her declare that she loves him. Romeo makes his presence known and the two discuss their love. Juliet agrees to marry Romeo if his intentions are honourable. Romeo assures her that is in honourable.
Enter Nurse Nurse Mistress! what, mistress! Juliet! fast, I warrant her, she:
Why, lamb! why, lady! fie, you slug-a-bed!
Why, love, I say! madam! sweet-heart! why, bride!
What, not a word? you take your pennyworths now
Sleep for a week for the next night, I warrant,
The County Paris hath set up his rest,
That you shall rest but little. God forgive me,
Marry, and amen, how sound is she asleep!
I must needs wake her. Madam, madam, madam!
Ay, let the county take you in your bed
He'll fright you up, i' faith. Will it not be?
Undraws the curtains
Shakespeare includes numerous speeches and scenes in Romeo and Juliet that hint at alternative ways to evaluate the play. Shakespeare uses two main devices in this regard: Mercutio and servants. Mercutio consistently skewers the viewpoints of all the other characters in play: he sees Romeo&rsquo s devotion to love as a sort of blindness that robs Romeo from himself similarly, he sees Tybalt&rsquo s devotion to honor as blind and stupid. His punning and the Queen Mab speech can be interpreted as undercutting virtually every passion evident in the play. Mercutio serves as a critic of the delusions of righteousness and grandeur held by the characters around him.
There are several different sources that inform the contemporary text of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet was first published in quarto in 6597, and republished in a new edition only two years later. The second copy was used to created yet a third quarto in 6659, from which both the 6678 Quarto and First Folio are derived. The first quarto is generally considered a bad quarto, or an illicit copy created from the recollections of several actors rather than from the writer s original material. The second quarto seems to be taken from Shakespeare s rough draft, and thus has some inconsistent speech and some lines which Shakespeare apparently meant to eliminate. Please see the About Shakespearian Theater section of this note for more guidance as to these concepts.
Romeo and Juliet do not fall in with their families 8767 way of thinking:
Romeo and Juliet find a new discourse of romantic individualism... their union imperils the traditional relations between males that is founded upon the exchange of women, whether the violent exchange Gregory and Sampson crudely imagine or the normative exchange planned by Capulet and Paris. Juliet, as the daughter whose erotic willfulness activates her father 8767 s transformation from concerned to tyrannical parent, is the greater rebel. (Paster 769)
The Romeo 588 Juliet play is set in Renaissance Verona in Italy. In the Elizabethan imagination that would have presented a picture of heat, quick tempers and violence. See more on Romeo 588 Juliet settings
The ensuring fight and subsequent deaths undermine Romeo’s conciliatory actions and accordingly, Shakespeare suggests that the belligerent (bellicose) actions of both become the catalyst for Romeo’s exile and the hasty marriage. As a result, Tybalt can be blamed for the chain of events that lead to tragedy, resulting in the lovers’ date with destiny.
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