(Benvolio explaining his role in the fight)
In this week’s copy of “Montague Moments” we grabbed an interview with the one and only – Benvolio Montague. We interviewed him on the recent brutal brawl between Romeo, Mercutio and Tybalt. To sum things up for you, it resulted in Mercutio’s death by Tybalt, and very soon after, Tybalt’s death at the hands of Romeo. Romeo immediately escaped the bloodstained scene. Benvolio’s take on the whole situation shows that he has lost some faith in his friends:
Q: What exactly was your role in the fight?
A: I must say I think my role in that fight was the man trying to break the fight up. Note the keyword “trying”. My absurdly honor-bound friend Mercutio and my soon after furious friend Romeo wouldn’t even bother listening to anything I advised them to do.
Q: One of our members witnessed the scene, and saw you said something to Romeo before he ran shortly after… What exactly did you tell him?
A: Considering that this was probably Romeo’s death sentence, I told him to run, to be gone, as far as away as he possibly could from the scene. I didn’t tell him anything else.
Q: We heard that Lady Capulet accused you of lying to the prince about the fight to protect Romeo. We even called her today about it, and she is still sure you lied about the fight. Any thoughts on that statement?
A: Well in case you haven’t figured out yet, Lady Capulet was being biased beyond belief. She thinks that all Montagues are some sort of scum willing to lie for one another, even if the person we’re saving is Lucifer in the flesh. God, I hate it when Capulets stereotype. If you know me well enough, you know I would only tell truth to Prince Escalus. Nothing biased, deceptive, or whatever other adjective Lady Capulet used to describe me.
Q: Unlike Lady Capulet, some people who prefer to stay anonymous say that your loyalty towards the Montague clan is a bit questionable, but they’re basing that idea off you telling Prince Escalus that Romeo killed Tybalt. What do you think about that?
A: Well to be fair I didn’t protect Romeo like Lady Capulet said I did, but I didn’t alter any of the truth because I know that the Prince is only trying to make the town a more peaceful place. I’d say that my loyalty generally is pretty neutral, because I would be truthful to people like Escalus, but I would never do anything that would jeopardize one of my fellow Montagues’ future. Telling Escalus truthfully what happened isn’t even remotely unloyal — there were so many witnesses, it would be impossible to pull off a big lie.
Q: Do you think that Romeo killing Tybalt was justice for Mercutio’s death?
A: Mercutio did start the fight… So Tybalt dying in such a painful way doesn’t exactly compensate for Mercutio’s death. Had Tybalt lived, he would have paid some large price for agreeing to the fight and killing Mercutio, but most likely not a price worth his life.
Q: What do you think of Romeo and Mercutio now after the fight?
A: They’re my friends, but… My friends man… Why do they believe violence is so honorable? Their mindset is so ridiculously illogical sometimes. It’s like — don’t they value their lives? I probably value their lives more than they do. I’m not sure what to think of them at this point. Mercutio’s dead, probably regretting it in hell, and Romeo is probably regretting as well, because he’s never going to see his friends or family for a long time, at least in Verona.
Q: Do you think Romeo deserves to have been exiled?
A: Honestly, probably, because he killed someone for killing someone without a fair trial, which isn’t exactly how the world should work.
Q: Do you think Romeo got off lucky, or was over-punished?
A: Legitimately I think he got off really lucky. For 1, had the Prince been in a worse mood, Romeo could have been executed, and 2, he got exiled, being forced to stay out of Verona. Had he been held in a cell in Verona, Romeo would’ve probably been lynched by the Capulets.