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In act 3 scene 1, both Mercutio and Tybalt are in the mood for a fight. What are the similarities and differences between Mercutio and Tybalt?

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In act 3 scene 1, both Mercutio and Tybalt are in the mood for a fight. What are the similarities and differences between Mercutio and Tybalt? How are we prepared for their reactions in earlier scenes and what impact does the fight have on the rest of the play? In the first two acts of the play, Shakespeare has tried to describe Mercutios and Tybalts actions and characters. They are both similar in some ways, they are aggressive, dynamic and both enjoy fighting. Tybalt of the Capulets seems like a leader and never backs down. Mercutio also acts like like a leader but for his own house, the Montagues. Each one is proud of their own house and feels that if anybody goes against them then they will act aggressively towards them. Both are as equally competitive and they are very popular within their house. However, there are quite a few differences between the two: Tybalts name in Elizabethan times was used for a cat. In those days cats were dangerous and were used for fighting. We can see by this that Tybalts name is clearly similar to his character. ...read more.

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Juliet has much love for her cousin Tybalt, but some people might wonder why she could have love for such an unfriendly and violent person. On the other hand Mercutio has a changeable temperament. Unlike Tybalt, Mercutio has a likeable side to him and he is full of fun and common sense. Mercutios first words were entirely the opposite of Tybalts. They were gentle and kind, "Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance." These words are calm and comforting towards Romeo, it shows that Mercutio has a sensitive side to him. He also helps Romeo through his problems when he has fallen in love with Rosaline. He tries to help relieve him of his worries and helps him overcome his sadness. Although Mercutio does have a bold side to him he also has a kind, gentle side. This makes him much more likeable and friendly than Tybalt. Mercutio as we know is witty and likes to tease people: - Romeo: " I am done" Mercutio: "Tut, duns the mouse" Mercutio plays around with Romeo's meaning of the word "done" and changes its meaning completely. ...read more.

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Tybalt in this act is confident and dynamic. He is the one who confronts the Montagues first and talks to them in a polite manner; this is unusual for Tybalt. " Gentlemen, good den; a word with one of you." Tybalts politeness soon turns into aggressiveness. He again says very little like his usual self. He appears violent and is full of insults, "villain" and "boy" are offensive words and suggests that he is hateful and insulting. His sentences are short but they still display his actions, anger and appalling attitude. In this act Tybalts behaves to confidently and end up dying- his unwanted attitude is no more. After all this mayhem, Romeo is banished. Act 3, scene 1 is the pivot in the play, this is where fortunes turn and just as things are starting to get better they dramatically change. Romeo is banished due to the killing of Tybalt and he has the chance to run-away. Juliet and Romeo marry but soon everything becomes a disaster and things start to go wrong from there. In the end Romeo and Juliet in some confusion both die for each other's love and the Montague and Capulet clash is no longer. Why did both houses have to go through this pain until they realised that quarrelling isn't the answer? ...read more.

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