Mercutio's dying words to Romeo and Tybalt, "A plague o' both your houses!" indicate that he blames the feud between the Capulets and Montagues for his death. He does, however, also blame Romeo and Tybalt directly.
As a loyal friend to Romeo, Mercutio defends Romeo's honor by fighting with Tybalt, a Montague. When Romeo tries to intercede, Tybalt deals the fatal blow to Mercutio. Mercutio lays blame on Tybalt by denouncing him and then turns his blame to Romeo. He asks his friend Romeo why he came between himself and Tybalt, saying to him, "I was hurt under your arm."Learn More
The falling action in "Romeo and Juliet" starts to happen in Act III, Scene ii,- after Romeo kills Tybalt. Juliet becomes confused as to what to feel because her new secret husband is now banished from Verona while her beloved cousin is dead by Romeo's hand. This strengthens the pair's assumptions that they are never to be together in a relationship approved by their families.Full Answer >
Romeo is an emotional and reckless character but also a very loyal friend. The reader sees Romeo in love twice in the time span of only a few days; first with Rosaline, then immediately after with Juliet, upon his seeing her. Besides love, he is also prone to fits of passion in anger, by killing Tybalt after Tybalt kills his friend, Mercutio. He also falls into such sadness after thinking that Juliet was dead, that he kills himself.Full Answer >
Romeo exhibits many typical personality traits of the Shakespearean lover but with an added fiery impulsiveness. As the story's hero, he displays gallantry, wit, courage and passion throughout the play. His passion, however, ultimately acts as a tragic flaw that causes fatal errors and leads him toward his demise.Full Answer >
William Shakespeare most likely wrote "Romeo and Juliet" between 1591 and 1596. However, the play was not published until 1597, and its first documented performance was not until 1662.Full Answer >