In my life, this has been a difficulty. (184.108.40.206) This type of letter was known as a cartel, and it was the formal, written manner of starting a fight in Europe during the Renaissance. Dueling was prevalent in Elizabethan England, but by the 1700s, it had become prohibited in much of Europe. Those who fought duels were often given jail time, although they would usually be allowed to go free after making an apology.
Romeo's challenge to Paris is one of the most famous scenes in all of literature. It is a dramatic confrontation between two young people who are deeply in love but cannot express that love until now. In order for them to be able to talk about their feelings, they must first get into a fight over Cressida. This is how Shakespeare presents their argument:
Then they would quarrel well. (3.1.64)
The word "challenge" comes from the French word chalengier, which means to seek out a duel with. These letters were used by members of one family to threaten others with violence if they do not obey them. Sometimes families would have their own private police force, called "gens d'armes", who would make the threats and carry out punishment if necessary.
During the Renaissance period, France was also a country where people lived at risk of being killed in duels.
Gregory exclaims in the first scene, "The quarrel is between our masters and us their men." Act 1, sc (i) line 19. He is saying that how their masters fight is also theirs. Since Montage and Capulet committed atrocious crimes, God found a way to punish them both. Gregory was only following orders from his master so he cannot be blamed for what he did.
Capulet's butchers were the ones who killed Paris. They did so because Capulet ordered them to. Therefore, they too are guilty of murder.
Romeo killed Tybalt. He then fled town because he knew that he would be punished by society. However, since he was only defending himself, no one can blame him for killing Tybalt.
Juliet is a minor character in the story. She did not kill anyone so she cannot be held responsible for anything that happened during the war.
In conclusion, everyone who takes part in the war commited a crime. No one is innocent in this story.
For centuries, two aristocratic families of Verona, the Capulets and the Montagues, have been adversaries. When two Capulet servants fight with two Montague servants in the street, the Prince of Verona swears that any further public violence will result in the death of the perpetrators. Yet later, when a young man from the Montague family is murdered, his friend Romeo vows to avenge him. In order to do so, he decides to go to Verona where the feud between the families is most intense and where anyone who fights for either side risks being killed.
The main character in this play is not one of the families but rather a young man named Romeo who lives with his parents and older brother near the scene of the feud. When one of the men fighting breaks his sword, Romeo takes his place against the servant of the family whose weapons are now dull. In order to save Romeo from being killed by his opponent, the prince intervenes and orders both boys out of town. Later, when Romeo learns that the man he fought has been mortally wounded, he goes back home to die. His last words are "Alack, what blood is shed / Within my house! What do I fear? / One day, some angry man will come / And take revenge upon me." (II.iii.57-61).
Romeo was sentenced to exile by Prince Escalus for his role in causing havoc on the streets of Verona. Romeo then flees to Friar Laurence's cell, threatening to commit suicide since he believes there is no world outside of Verona's walls. For example, Romeo says, "Then" banished," which is a death misterm. Friar Laurence convinces him that Juliet exists and that she is waiting for him in Mantua. Upon hearing this, Romeo leaves Verona immediately.
As punishment for his role in the murder of Paris, Romeo's family is forced to leave town. They travel back to Mantua where Lady Montague has received letters from her son indicating that he is alive and well. However, since Romeo did not honor his family name by marrying within the clan, they are now banned from returning to Verona. Thus, the two families must live separate lives.
In time, Romeo contacts the family through the messenger who had brought him the news that Juliet was sick. He learns that she has died. Overcome with grief, he dies too.
Here is where many people question whether or not Romeo killed himself. Some say that he was tricked into killing himself by a pack of wolves who were sent by Friar Laurence to kill him so that he could marry Juliet. Others say that Romeo killed himself because he couldn't be with Juliet anymore since she had died.