Tybalt Mercutio is making fun of Tybalt.

March 18, 2019 General Studies

Tybalt has killed many different people, the first unlucky one in the play to die, was Mercutio. Mercutio never liked Tybalt, he even describes Tybalt as “More than prince of cats, I can tell you. O, he is the courageous captain of compliments. He fights as you sing prick-song, keeps time, distance, and proportion; rests me his minim rest, one, two, and the third in your bosom: the very butcher of a silk button,a duellist, a duellist; a gentleman of the very first house, of the first and second cause” (II.IV.19-26). In this text it explains how Mercutio is making fun of Tybalt. This is a sort of prediction of the fight that Mercutio and Tybalt will have. Tybalt doesn’t have a problem with Mercutio, but he does have one with Romeo because he was at the Capulet’s ball. As we already know, Romeo is not the type to fight without having a reason. Romeo believes that he is in love with Juliet and considers Tybalt family but Tybalt doesn’t know that. Mercutio will protect Romeo at all costs, and he also knows that the boy will not protect himself. Also, Mercutio isn’t the type to back down from a fight because he wants to seem like the bigger man. Mercutio loses his temper and begins fighting Tybalt himself. Romeo tries to stop the fight by going in rushing them, and then Tybalt stabs Mercutio.

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