Act 3 Scene 1 Mercutio's Death

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GCSE Romeo and Juliet Mind Map on Act 3 Scene 1 Mercutio's Death, created by kconnor on 05/01/2015.

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Act 3 Scene 1 Mercutio's Death
  1. This confrontation scene starts in a similar way to Act 1 Scene 1 with verbal sparring
    1. This perhaps lulls the audience into a false sense of security as it makes the deaths even more unexpected. From this point the tragedies in the play continue - and very quickly
      1. HONOUR
        1. VIOLENCE
      2. Benvolio says to Mercutio "For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring"
        1. Benvolio is Romeo's cousin and is generally a peaceful person. He wants to go home and avoid confrontation
          1. LOVE
          2. Mercutio is joking with with Benvolio by describing him as someone who likes to argue- when really he is describing himself
            1. FATE
            2. Romeo says "O, I am fortunes fool"
              1. FATE
              2. Mercutio is fatally wounded by Tybalt
                1. Tybalt is the aggressive cousin of Juliet
                  1. Shakespeare has chosen to put this scene directly after Romeo and Juliet have just got married. Why is this?
                    1. Even when Mercutio dies the audience is still left unsure about whether he is still joking
                      1. He says "Ay, ay a scratch, a scratch, marry tis enough. Where is my page? Go villain fetch a surgeon"
                    2. Romeo then kills Tybalt in retaliation
                      1. He says to Tybalt just before "Either thou or I, or both, must go with him" (meaning Mercutio's soul)
                        1. This shows they are now fighting to the death certainly not just sparring with their words
                        2. Before this he says "O sweet Juliet , Thy beauty hath made me effeminate"
                          1. This means ...
                            1. HONOUR
                          2. Are Mercutio and Tybalt fighting to demonstrate their skills or fighting to kill? Does Tybalt intend to kill Mercutio or is it an accident?
                            1. Tybalt: Mercutio, thou consort'st with Romeo Mercutio: Consort! what, dost thou make us minstrels?
                              1. Consort has a double meaning here - a consort is someone you send in place of yourself (this is insulting because Mercution has agreed to fight in Romeo's place
                                1. It also means a travelling musician who is low class - which is also offensive!
                                  1. HONOUR
                            2. Tybalt wants to fight with Romeo as he is still angry that he went to the Capulet's party in disguise
                              1. Tybalt insults Romeo and tries to provoke him into a fight
                                1. Romeo responds by saying "I do protest I never injured thee, But love thee better than thou casnt devise, Till thou shalt know the reason of my love; And so good Capulet, which name I tender As dearly as mine own, be satisfied!
                                  1. Dramatic Irony
                                    1. The audience knows what Romeo is eluding to here but Tybalt is unaware that he is now effectively related to Romeo
                                    2. Contrasting theme of LOVE vs HATE
                                2. Remember - earlier in the play the the Prince had threatened death upon anyone who distrurbs the peace again in Verona
                                  1. Because Tybalt had also committed a murder he declares that Romeo is exiled from Verona
                                    1. HONOUR
                                      1. VIOLENCE
                                    2. Mercutio takes Tybalt up on his offer of a fight
                                      1. We already know from earlier in the play that Mercutio doesn't like Tyblat
                                        1. VIOLENCE
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