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The role of Tybalt In the play

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The role of Tybalt In the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, Tybalt, the nephew of Capulet's wife (hence Juliet's cousin) is very close to the Capulet family and will therefore do anything to protect the family pride. Tybalt thinks that the Montagues are the canker of Verona; he deems their mere presence in Capulet company to be a personal insult on the latter's family 'honour and stock' (he paranoically assumes that Romeo's attendance of the Capulet's masked ball is solely 'to fleer and scorn at our solemnity'). Tybalt is the only young Capulet male that is fully acknowledged by the audience through dialogue (Petruchio says one line in Act 3, Scene 1 and is only mentioned once before in Act 1, Scene 5). He is the main Capulet blood relation that is actively involved in the family feud. He represents the senseless feud as revived by the younger males of the family and he is invariably the assaulter and aggressor. His bigotry, false pride and irrationality personify the feud. Tybalt first appears in Act 1, Scene 1, his first line, line 66. His entrance is marked by a fight, which tells the audience that his "fiery" nature wreaks havoc and bitter conflict wherever he goes. ...read more.


Following Tybalt's exit, Romeo approaches Juliet and the audience is moved by the touchingly romantic interchange. For a while they are caught up in the innocence of young love and are led to forget that Romeo's life is in danger. The scene relieves the tense atmosphere created by Tybalt's threatening expression of his wrathful and vindictive intentions towards Romeo. Until Act 3, Scene 1 (which in a way is the showdown between Tybalt and Romeo), Tybalt's thirst for revenge is a hovering menace over Romeo and Juliet's love. The day after the Capulet's masked ball, Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel because of the "injuries that thou hast done me". Tybalt insults and provokes Romeo to spur him into action ("Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford no better term than this - thou art a villain"), but Romeo responds calmly and will not accept the challenge ("Therefore farewell, I see thou knowest me not"). Tybalt is intimidated, confused and angered ("Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me, therefore turn and draw") by Romeo's passivity and affection ("But I love thee better than thou canst devise"). Tybalt assaults Romeo, but Romeo won't respond. Mercutio doesn't like the way Tybalt is treating Romeo and can't understand Romeo's submissiveness ("O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!") ...read more.


It's a combination of Romeo's banishment and her imminent betrothal to Paris that spurs her on to such drastic measures as advised by Friar Lawrence. In the film "Romeo and Juliet" by Baz Luhrmann, Tybalt's character, as interpreted by John Leguziamo, is portrayed in a very effective manner. When Tybalt first appears he has a confident grin on his face. When he smiles he has the word 'sin' engraved in metal onto his teeth, which immediately depicts his as a man without morals. Tybalt's car and gun is better than those of the Montagues, which I believe shows Tybalt to be a supercilious, conceited and extravagant character. When they put up their weapons and start to shoot, Tybalt shoots with style, doing many classy tricks. Despite feeling furious he looks entertained and amused while the Montagues look scared and nervous. Tybalt looks sleek as he walks with a straight, commanding posture. He exudes confidence and arrogance as he literally looks down on the cowering Montagues. When Tybalt starts a fire, it is symbolic of his raging feelings of profound loathing and burning odium. His anger blazes like a fire, he wants to destroy all Montagues as fire consumes all in its path. Tybalt is like a self- destructive, uncontrollable evil force that craves for rampage and freedom. ...read more.

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