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Explore the significance of Tybalt's role in the play Romeo and Juliet

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Explore the significance of Tybalt's role in the play Romeo and Juliet. Is he a catalyst for tragedy? In this essay, I will be discussing the role of Tybalt in Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet to see whether he is a catalyst for tragedy. I intend to look at the significance of Tybalt's involvement in the events leading up to the suicides of the star crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. By looking at this, I will be able to answer the final part of my question of whether Tybalt is a catalyst for tragedy. A catalyst is a substance that speeds up a chemical reaction, in the case the substance is Tybalt and the reaction is the tragedy. On its own the catalyst couldn't cause all the tragedy in the play but without it there would be no tragedy and no story. A tragedy in a play or film should include the progression to happiness to the downfall of someone, where they express all there sentiment and fears. This is relevant to the play of Romeo and Juliet as when Romeo kills Tybalt he realises his downfall and expresses his emotions and fears. Tybalt's entrance in the play gives the audience a clear and lasting impression this is shown below In his opening lines. " What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee Benvolio, look upon my death" Act 1 Scene 1 lines57, 58. Tybalt after only moments of entering the scene he mocks Benvolio for trying to stop the fight referring to him as a female dear on the pun or 'hart'. Immediately we see that he is a petulant character and is contemptuous toward Benvolio when he says: " What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word As I hate hell, all Montages and thee. Have at thee, coward". Act 1 Scene 1 lines 61-63. Showing to the audience Tybalt's eagerness for confrontation between the Capulets and Montagues. ...read more.


However he failed and as the fight progressed Tybalt seized his moment and thrust his sword under Romeo's arm into Mercutio. As soon as realising this Tybalt cowardly in shock of what he had just done fled from the scene if fear of what he has just done. Mercutio is dying as he speaks his final word on the plague which has come above both houses , an asks why Romeo interfered as by doing he caused his death. Romeo reply sincerely that he thought that he was doing the best in trying to stop the fight. By killing Mercutio, Romeo now wants to seek revenge Tybalt as he feels aggrieved, and so when Tybalt he enters the scene moments later, the duel is upon them. " Either thou or I or both must go with him" Romeo Act 3 Scene 1Line120 Here Romeo speaks of how at least one of them must die toady as Mercutio his very friend had been killed by the hands of new cousin. The last lines Tyblat speaks in the play are those of hatred and wickedness: " Thou wretched boy, that didst consort him here, Shalt with him hence." Act 3 Scene 1Lines 121-122 He may had felt guilty for what he had done but he feels couldn't not possible show this as he may be perceived weakened by the incident and would lose his hierarchy of power in the towns people eyes. There is not much description about the fight on Tybalt's account but we learn that Tybalt falls, thus Implying that he is killed by Romeo. Benvolio calls to Romeo to flee as he knows that Romeo will be in a lot of trouble . In this scene we learn about allot about Tybalt's character, we see how he is calculating by arranging the meeting with Romeo where he intends to take his revenge. We see that he is committed as he has held onto the grudge for Romeo's uninvited entrance to the Capulets house party until today. ...read more.


In answering to the question that do these film show that he is a catalyst for tragedy I would have to say yes as the cause of event is dramatically increased in speed and tension I the films although I believe Tybalt's character is shown more powerfully in the second film by Lurman as the use of violence is shown to better effect to illustrate the anger and hatred of the people. And so to conclude I believe after carefully studding the role of Tybalt in g the play as well as in the two films that he was a catalyst for tragedy as without his there would have been no tragedy and without him there wouldn't have been an action pact story. I have come to believe this as it is shown throughout his fiery temper which was noted by all the characters in the play and his aggressive temperament and striving foe power, which lead to many street brawls in Verona. Tybalt thought he was a man but in fact he was an impetuous youngster who lacked the ability for self-control and the ability to listen to his older and accept there judgement and orders. He lack of respect lead to his death as his was unable to keep the piece and resist temptation to seek his revenge. Although it nice to be proud of your family Tybalt took it too far and in my opinion he is a catalyst for tragedy but like earlier when I highlighted in Act3 Scene1 that it was not just Tybalt who caused the death of Mercutio I believe the death for the two star crossed lovers was helped along by the following character Romeo as he killed Tybalt which lead to him commenting suicide., Juliet for not telling her farther of her marriage to Romeo and also Mercutio who provoked Tybalt but these three character should not take the main fault as there parts were minor compared to that of Tybalt the catalyst for tragedy in Shakespeare play of Romeo and Juliet. By Carly Harrison 11U ...read more.

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