Act 3 Scene 1
Benvolio and Mercutio are in the streets of Verona debating whether who would be the better fighter between the two. Tybalt and other Capulets arrive searching for Romeo who just got married. Romeo enters and is welcomed with threats from Tybalt calling him a villain and challenging him to a fight, but Romeo refuses as they are now family although Tybalt doesn’t know about the marriage. Mercutio develops anger as his friend isn’t standing up for himself and challenges tybalt to a fight. Romeo knows it will end badly, as they were warned by the prince, and steps between the two trying to stop the fight. Tybalt takes advantage of this and stabs Mercutio under Romeo’s arm. Mercutio becomes mad at both of them as Romeo caused the stabbing and curses their houses in rage, “A plague o’both your houses” and repeats it as his last words before he dies. Romeo decides Mercutio mustn’t die alone, it must be him Tybalt or both of them, and they begin another fight, Romeo wins and Tybalt dies. Benvolio then tells Romeo that he must flee the scene as he and his family has been threatened by the prince. The authorities arrive and Benvolio tells them about the fight. The prince decides Romeo must leave Verona for good or be executed.