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"It is Tybalt's violent character and attitude that makes the tragic end of Romeo and Juliet inevitable." Do you agree with this point of view?

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Romeo and Juliet: GCSE Coursework "It is Tybalt's violent character and attitude that makes the tragic end of Romeo and Juliet inevitable." Do you agree with this point of view? In this essay I am writing to explain how Tybalt's character and attitude makes the end of Romeo and Juliet inevitable. Tybalt is partly responsible but Romeo is also partly responsible because he broke the law set down by the prince by killing Tybalt. I will use evidence from all three scenes to support my answer. In Act 1 Scene 1, Tybalt is not on stage long but he immediately comes on and starts a fight. This would appeal to the audience at Shakespeare's time. This makes him appear very violent. He is full of hatred for the Montagues and he fights for his family as he is very proud of what his family has achieved. He is described as a 'fiery Tybalt' by Benvolio. He also uses language to strike fear into the audience such as 'Turn thee Benvolio, look upon thy death' which is saying he hates Benvolio and wants to fight him no matter what the cost. We know this because he also says 'Peace, I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues and thee' which means he hates anyone who is a Montague and compares them to hell. ...read more.

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In Act 3 Scene 1, Tybalt is again on stage for moments but in that time causes extreme violence in the scene. In this scene he only reacts to Romeo's appearance but restrains himself when Mercutio wants to fight him. He fights Mercutio but only when Romeo appears. Romeo makes it clear to Tybalt he does not want to fight, so Mercutio tries to fight him instead. Tybalt reacts and fights Mercutio and kills him with a "cheap shot." Then Romeo stabs Tybalt with a thrust and says 'O, I am fortune's fool!' This appears very violent on stage and makes it look like he regrets what he has done. When Tybalt stabbed Mercutio it says [Tybalt under Romeo's arm, thrusts Mercutio in and flies] this means he stabs Mercutio and then flees. Tybalt uses language in this scene and starts off very polite saying 'Good day a word with one of you,' this means there is a contrast to the way he speaks in Act 1. When Romeo enters, Tybalt's language changes and tries to confront Romeo into a fight and uses words such as 'Thou art a villain' this means he is trying to provoke Romeo into a fight. Romeo does not want to fight and Mercutio fights instead and gets killed. ...read more.

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The Prince could also be to blame for the law he passed on the Capulets and Montagues fighting. Throughout this essay I have shown that Tybalt is not completely to blame for what happens but others are also responsible. For example, Friar Lawrence for giving Juliet the potion, however Tybalt is to blame for some of the events at the beginning of the play, such as sparking a fight between him and Benvolio. All the events that sparked the death of Romeo and Juliet were "fate" or "destiny," such as Tybalt vowing to get revenge on Romeo for his intrusion at the Capulet's mansion or Romeo killing Tybalt and getting banished to Mantua. All these events made the end of Romeo and Juliet inevitable. In Act 1 Scene 5 Tybalt vows to get revenge on Romeo for his intrusion and in Act 3 Scene 1 he kills Mercutio and provokes Romeo into killing him. He uses words like 'Thou wretched boy, that didst not consort him here, shalt with him hence,' this means he is trying to provoke Romeo into a fight where Romeo kills him. Tybalt in Act 1 Scene 1 says 'Peace, I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues and thee,' this shows that Tybalt sets in motion the beginning of the play. Overall, I do believe that Tybalt was to blame but he was only one of the characters to blame. ...read more.

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