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Consider the Contribution made by Tybalt to the play, 'Romeo and Juliet'

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Consider the Contribution made by Tybalt to the play, 'Romeo and Juliet' In every one of Shakespeare's tragedies, the story is built up like a jigsaw, with vital pieces, that build up to the final overall piece. There are events or characters that influence the tragedy and pay a great amount of contribution towards it. For instance, the romantic tragedy, 'Romeo and Juliet' could not have occurred if the lovers had not met at a ball. This essay will explore the contribution made by Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, towards the tragedy, 'Romeo and Juliet', and how. The first thing we should consider about Tybalt's contribution is his characteristics. Tybalt is considered a fiery character, proud, and violent. All that are listed can be reflected in his name, which is usually used for cats rather than humans. This creates expectation of how his character will be like and is the source of most jokes made in the play about him. Tybalt's character can be described as aggressive, sulky, and violent. Defending his honour plays a major contribution to the tragedy. For instance, we can take the scene where Tybalt spots Romeo at the Capulet ball, causing no trouble whatsoever. ' Now, by the stock of honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.' ...read more.


It almost shows his eagerness to create a fight. Tybalt is also slow in words, which contrasts with Mercutio who is quick witted and often plays with Tybalt's words. 'Tybalt: Mercutio, thou consort'st with Romeo- Mercutio: Consort! What, does thou make us minstrels? ...' Here Tybalt claims he wants a word with Romeo however Mercutio interrupts and twists his words deliberately using the other definition of consort, a company of hired musicians. Tybalt gives a great amount of dramatic impact towards the audience. His first entrance creates a great amount of expectations of his character. 'Tybalt: What! Drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward!' This is a very straight forward point, showing how he hates Montagues and peace. We expect him to be more of the fight starter than the peace maker. Next the audience see him at a party where he spots Romeo and is forced not to harm him by his uncle. 'Tybalt: Patience perforce with wilful choler meeting Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting. I will withdraw; but this intrusion shall Now seeming sweet covert to bitterest gall.' This quote gives the audience a sense of foreboding of what Tybalt is going to do and gives thrill to the story. ...read more.


The reason, I believe, Tybalt does not listen to the rules and obey orders made is because he thrills to the whole feud between the families. Out of all the Capulets and Montagues we read of Tybalt has to be the most enthusiastic and defensive over his family honour. Even though the reason for the feud is not told and it happens to be a very old one Tybalt contributes to it, excluding the fact that he's young and has nothing to do with how it got started. This tells us anger and hate towards each family is bred in the family and children are trained to believe the other is an enemy. The youth were the people who carried on the feud and were to pass it on to their children. The feud causes untimely death though of 5 youths, Tybalt, eventually dies by being so tied up in the feud, Romeo, Paris, who is dragged into feud even though has nothing to do with it, Mercutio, who is not included in the feud either and Juliet. These deaths cause the end of the feud. In conclusion I believe that Tybalt contributes a great amount towards the tragedy by encouraging the feud. His characteristics are the main cause to his actions and if Tybalt would have been a little more calmer and less aggressive Romeo would not have killed him and become exiled, which in consequence leads to the tragedy. ...read more.

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