Romeo And Juliet - Mercutio vs. Tybalt
Title: Romeo And Juliet
Scene : Mercutio vs. Tybalt (Act 3, Scene 1)
Characters : Mercutio, Tybalt, Romeo, Benvolio
Weapons : Rapier
Tybalt, spoiling for a fight, comes upon Benvolio and Mercutio, immediately arguing with the latter. When Romeo arrives, Tybalt calls him out, but Romeo refuses to even argue, pleading his love for Tybalt. Mercutio shoves Romeo aside and begins fighting with Tybalt. Romeo pleads for Benvolio to intercede before interfering himself. Mercutio is stabbed under Romeo's arm, mortally wounded.
In Zeffirelli's 1968 film, Mercutio begins the scene lounging in a public fountain. Romeo's offer to Tybalt causes Tybalt to wash his hands in the fountain, tauntingly splashing Mercutio, who reacts with his challenge. Both men grow annoyed with Romeo's attempts to break it up. The fight continues in a self-mocking tone by both men (at one point incorporating a pitchfork) with the staging implying fun all round. Mercutio's death comes when Romeo's interference blocks Tybalt's view of Mercutio just as Mercutio falls from a set of stairs. Most of the assembled Montagues assume Mercutio is still joking around until his actual death.