He asks that until Tybalt knows the reason for this love, he put aside his sword.
Mercutio angrily draws his sword and declares with biting wit that if Romeo will not fight Tybalt, he will. Romeo, attempting to restore peace, throws himself between the combatants.
Elizabethan society generally believed that a man too much in love lost his manliness.
Romeo clearly subscribes to that belief, as can be seen when he states that his love for Juliet had made him “effeminate.” Once again, however, this statement can be seen as a battle between the private world of love and the public world of honor, duty, and friendship.
As one who has displayed such traits, Romeo is banished from Verona.
Earlier, the Prince acted to repress the hatred of the Montagues and the Capulets in order to preserve public peace; now, still acting to avert outbreaks of violence, the Prince unwittingly acts to thwart the love of Romeo and Juliet.Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo’s arm, and as Mercutio falls, Tybalt and his men hurry away.Mercutio dies, cursing both the Montagues and the Capulets: “A plague o’ both your houses” (3.1.87), and still pouring forth his wild witticisms: “Ask for me tomorrow, and / you shall find me a grave man” (3.1.93–94).Benvolio is still very aware of the consequences and tries to be the peace maker, where as Tybalt still wants to fight again.The scene is placed in public places both times which shows us how they are affecting the public and that they are unafraid of fighting whilst well aware of the princes' speech.A fully differentiated lesson that looks at the key scene of Act 3 Scene 1 from Romeo and Juliet where Tybalt looks for revenge on Romeo for attending the Capulet party and what happens to Romeo and his friend Mercutio as a result.Includes differentiated activities, key quotes, key words and terms and engaging and clear resources that are very useful for students analysing the text regardless of age.He declares that should Romeo be found within the city, he will be killed.Read a translation of Act 3, scene 1 → The sudden, fatal violence in the first scene of Act 3, as well as the buildup to the fighting, serves as a reminder that, for all its emphasis on love, beauty, and romance, Romeo and Juliet still takes place in a masculine world in which notions of honor, pride, and status are prone to erupt in a fury of conflict.The arrival of the Prince and the angry citizens shifts the focus of the play to a different sort of public sphere.Romeo’s killing of Tybalt is marked by rashness and vengeance, characteristics prized by noblemen, but which threaten the public order that citizens desire and the Prince has a responsibility to uphold.