Act 3 Scene 1

Alisa Gailor

Summary

Benvolio suggests that Mercutio and him go indoors because the weather is abnormally hot and he fears Mercutio will start a fight easily if they run into a member of the Capulet family. As expected a Capulet, Tybalt, enters along with other Capulets looking for Romeo. Benvolio then begins to tease Tybalt by comparing him and his companions to a group of musicians. Tybalt replies to Mercutio's comment in lines 49-52 by saying "We talk here in the pulic haunt of men. Either withdraw in some private place, or reason coldly of your grievances, or else depart." Romeo then enters calmly do to him secret marriage to Juliet. Tybalt tries to start a fight with Romeo because that was Tybalt's initial intentions of showing up at the scene, but Romeo is quick to make it clear that he does not want to fight Tybalt. Romeo declines the offer of a fight but does not tell Tybalt the reason because Romeo and Juliet's marriage is not consummated so they can be separated. Tybalt does not except this explanation. Mercutio, fed up with Tybalt's insults and Romeo's refusal to fight for himself, draws his sword to defend Romeo and so does Tybalt. During Mercutio and Tybalt's sword fight Romeo jumps in the middle in attempts to stop the fight. Whilst doing this action Romeo unknowing blocks Mercutio's arm making Mercutio unable to defend himself making easy for Tybalt to stab Mercutio in the chest. Tybalt runs away from the scene. At first the atmosphere was light because Mercutio, trying to keep a courageous facade, said in lines 94-95, "No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve". The situation took a quick turn for the worse when Mercutio blamed his death on Romeo and both the Montagues and the Capulet households with him dying breathes. Romeo later runs away in search vengeance on Tybalt for killing his friend. Prince Escalus is brought into the scene when word of Mercutio and Tybalt's death gets to him. Benvolio tells the prince the "truth" which isn't actually the truth but a story he made up to make Tybalt look guilty, Mercutio innocent, and Romeo the one that delivers justice. Prince Escalus ends up believing Benvolio because of Benvolio's honest reputation, but Romeo is punished with banishment. In this Romeo's tragic flaw, love, is made prominent because it's what starts the fight that leads to the deaths of both Mercutio and Tybalt.
Miike Snow - Animal Lyrics

Why I chose the song

I chose the song "Animal" by Miike Song because it caught my attention Song started of the song with the lyrics "There was a time when my world was filled with darkness" which reminded me of Romeo's depression at the beginning of the play caused by love. The song later asks "Am I free or am I tied up?" in relations to the play I interpret this line as a question on Romeo's love that seems to be contradicted in every scene. In act 2 scene 4 Romeo claims his feet are to heavy to lift so the keep him stuck in one place but after he goes to Juliet's balcony in act 2 scene 1 love is suddenly what makes him able to climb and fly. Lastly the line "I change shape just to hide in this place, but I'm still an animal" reflects on the fact the fact that both Romeo and Juliet assumed that their plan of getting married secretly and consummating it right after would make it impossible for their parents to separate them, but in the end it all comes back to their names and their love is never accepted.