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Romeo and Juliet

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Explore Shakespeare's Presentation of the Character of Tybalt, Commenting on His Dramatic Impact on Both the Play and the Audience. Romeo and Juliet is a play all about love, hatred and honour. Honour was very important in the time when this was set. The character Tybalt seems to be the most temperamental person. In his confrontations with the Montague's he is demeaning to them. He is trying to anger them so that they will start the fights, if they start the fight he cannot be blamed. The conflicts between the two families all start with a period of insults thought out to injure the others pride and damage their honour Tybalt is a major contributor to the atmosphere to the beginning of the play and his contribution carries on over the whole play even though he may not be there in body. Shakespeare starts the play with Sampson and Gregory who are servants of the Capulet house, Sampson begins a quarrel by biting his thumb which in Elizabethan times was a very rude gesture. ...read more.


This again shows the violence and viciousness of Tybalt's character. The audience is being encouraged to see Tybalt as the villain of the play. The next time Tybalt is presented is in the party scene. In this scene it starts with Tybalt's violence and ends showing his own family think he's too violent and tempered. When Romeo goes to the party of the Capulet's and when Tybalt over hears him, he says "this, by his voice, should be a Montague, fetch me my rapier" which shows Tybalt's violence and how eager he is to fight. Tybalt then tells lord Capulet that Romeo is here but, lord Capulet orders Tybalt to ignore him because he knows that Romeo won't cause any trouble. This also shows that even Tybalt's family recognises him for being too aggressive and wanting to fight. Lord Montague calls Tybalt princox meaning a self-confident young fellow. Tybalt shows more of his anger at the end of the scene by showing he will be after revenge later on ("I will with draw: but this intrusion shall now seeming sweet convert to bitter gold") ...read more.


Then Romeo enters the scene in which Tybalt then starts to provoke Romeo by saying insulting words (villain) about him, although it is insulting him because he's from a rich background so he ignores it because he has just married Juliet so him and Tybalt are now family, then Tybalt orders Romeo to take out his sword and fight, his reason for making this order is for Romeo being at the Capulet party earlier in the play. When Mercutio (who was in a jokey mood a minute ago) dies in Romeo's arms because of Tybalt killing him, Romeo is then angered by this and goes to fight with Tybalt. After Romeo has slain Tybalt he realises that his punishment will be banishment or death, so his character says "o I am fortunes fool". In conclusion I think Tybalt's character is important to the play especially that although nearly everyone in the play has killed another character but Tybalt is picked out to be the worst one which every story should have a good character (Mercutio) and a bad one (Tybalt). ...read more.

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