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Romeo and Juliet - Tybalt is the catalyst responsible for the tragic consequences in Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet Tybalt is the catalyst responsible for the tragic Consequences in Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare showing how the love between two people, can cause such tragedy. Romeo belonging to the House of Montague's, and Juliet part of the House of Capulet, has little chance from the beginning. The two houses live an ongoing feud, with both having equal hatred for one another. However Shakespeare never talks of how long this feud has been going on for, neither does it say why there is such hate. This hatred is no longer just between the two Lords of the houses, but it spreads throughout all family members. It is these family members, which keep the feud very much alive. On many occasions there have been violent attacks between the families. " ' Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word, by thee old Capulet, and Montague, have trice disturbed the quiet streets of our streets..."' These words spoken from the Prince of Verona, when he stops yet another street brawl. ...read more.


Mercutio is not related to either family, and is simply caught in the middle. This triggers Romeo's actions, as he is so distraught at his best friends unnecessary death, his pain turns into anger and Romeo goes in search of Tybalt. Romeo is confused and upset when he finds Tybalt; he kills him without thinking of the consequences. Had Tybalt not have gone looking to fight with Romeo, Romeo would have kept the peace for the sake of Juliet if nothing else. Due to these actions, Romeo and Juliet's life goes into a downward spiral. As the Prince of Verona states earlier on in the play, if any more trouble was caused on his streets by either of the families, the penalty would be death. However, Romeo narrowly escapes this penalty, and instead is punished with banishment. This is down to the fact that Prince knew that usually Romeo is never violent, Benvolio also helped Romeo escape death by explaining the events of that night, ' " Tybalt, here slain, whom Romeo's hand did slay."' When Juliet discovers that her newly wed, has been banished, she is distraught. ...read more.


All three plays studied have the same plot. However Baz Luhrmanns version is based more on today's times, where Juliet, and Romeo and Tybalt both use guns instead of swords. In conclusion I agree that Tybalt was the catalyst for the tragic consequences, although other people had a part to play in the deaths, such as Lord Capulet for forcing Juliet to marry Paris, and Friar Lawrence for supplying the potion to Juliet and not to forget the on going feud itself. However most of these events would not have taken place if it were not for Tybalt's constant urge to kill Romeo. If the death of Tybalt had not have taken place, Lord Montague and Lord Capulet may have acted the way Friar Lawrence had seen it, by discovering the marriage of Romeo and Juliet they may have called a truce and have resolved the feud. Tybalt, a fiery character, unintentionally killed his beloved cousin Juliet, Lady Monatague, who committed suicide as she learned of her son's death. Finally Romeo, who unfortunately Tybalt did intend his death. If Tybalts rage had not got out of hand these tragic consequences would not have taken place, and Romeo and Juliet may have lived a very happy marriage together. ...read more.

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