Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
Summary

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

9) Why does Mercutio say, “a plague o’ both your houses”?

While Tybalt and Mercutio fight, Tybalt is able to stab Mercutio with his sword because Romeo, in his efforts to keep the peace, steps between the two. Mercutio is mortally wounded and becomes the first true victim in the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues. Even though he is a friend to Romeo, he blames both families for his death and wishes them ill.