Romeo and Juliet (Film 1996)

in the extract below mercutio refers to a word and a blow Explore the significance of violence in one other part of the play


By my head, here come the Capulets.


By my heel, I care not.

Enter TYBALT and others


Follow me close, for I will speak to them.

Gentlemen, good den: a word with one of you.


And but one word with one of us? couple it with

something; make it a word and a blow.


You shall find me apt enough to that, sir, an you

will give me occasion.


Could you not take some occasion without giving?


Mercutio, thou consort'st with Romeo,--


Consort! what, dost thou make us minstrels? an

thou make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but

discords: here's my fiddlestick; here's that shall

make you dance. 'Zounds, consort!


We talk here in the public haunt of men:

Either withdraw unto some private place,

And reason coldly of your grievances,

Or else depart; here all eyes gaze on us.


Men's eyes were made to look, and let them gaze;

I will not budge for no man's pleasure, I.

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If there were no violence in this play, there would be an entirely different outcome. However, the violence is not widespread; it consists mainly of the conflict between the Montagues and the Capulets. Mercutio is, in some ways, the typical teenaged "gang" member; he, like Tybalt, is up for a fight anytime if the opportunity presents itself. He will have some "words" with Tybalt, but ultimately he wants to also have this discussion come to "blows."

i need another place where vilionce is

There are so many other places. The fight between Tybalt and Romeo in Act 3, Scene 1 is incredibly violent, both men fighting in a sort of adrenaline rush of anger: Romeo for the death of Mercutio and Tybalt for his perceived insult by Romeo attending the Capulet ball.