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Write about the portrayal of Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" with close reference to the text and his portrayal in the film version (Luhrmann)

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Write about the portrayal of Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" with close reference to the text and his portrayal in the film version (Luhrmann) "Romeo and Juliet" was written by William Shakespeare and is the classic story of forbidden love as they are torn apart by there two powerful families (The Capulets and the Montagues) who are in conflict between each other. The focus of this essay is Tybalt a nephew to Lord Capulet and a cousin to Juliet. He does not speak many lines, but he influences the entire course of the play to a degree that exceeds his seemingly minor role in it. Throughout the play, he demonstrates his angry, resentful, and stubborn nature. When Tybalt first appears, Benvolio is attempting to stop the servants of the Capulet and Montague households from fighting. By contrast, Tybalt urges on the fight and succeeds in drawing Benvolio in to fighting with him. At the Capulet party, Tybalt recognizes Romeo's voice and within ten words is calling for his sword. Two servants of the house of Capulet , stroll through the streets of Verona. With bawdy banter, Sampson vents his hatred of the house of Montague "a dog of the house...". ...read more.

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but Lord Capulet shows him who the master is by insulting him and Tybalt agrees to keep the peace. Tybalt evidently felt embarrassed and angered after the party as Romeo had made a fool of him and as Tybalt likes to be known as very loyal to the Capulet family after being told not to attack the enemy of the family, he must have been ashamed of himself but still bewildered by anger directed at Romeo. The morning after the party, the day is hot, Montagues are in a public place where Mercutio is convincing Benvolio that they need not retire even if the Capulets are out as Benvolio fears that by meeting the Capulets a fight would start "And if we meet we shall not scape a brawl" but when Mercutio finally convinces him otherwise, Tybalt enters with his two henchmen and asks for the whereabouts of Romeo,Mercutio replies "by my heel, I care not" Benvolio is alarmed, but Mercutio is tough; his "by my heel" implies that if it comes to a fight he's the one who's going to put his opponent under his heel. Tybalt is prepared for a brawl and will not be satisfied until he has had at least one fight, he was immediately confrontational towards Benvolio and Mercutio. ...read more.

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if taking that life away from you doesn't make you treat me right, then I'll just have to humiliate your other eight lives.". The fight between Mercutio and Tybalt is very one sided to begin with as Mercutio is a trained kinsmen until when he thinks Tybalt is down when he gets up and Romeo gets in the way which somehow results in Mercutio still getting stabbed in the gut. Mercutio says ""I am hurt. / A plague o' both your houses! I am sped. / Is he gone, and hath nothing?" as he dies. This makes Romeo realise that his love for Juliet has blinded his conception of the matter at hand. In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the supporting character Tybalt is essential to every aspect of the story. Through his challenge of Romeo, Tybalt increases the conflict and suspense in the plot and exemplifies the tensions between the Montagues and Capulets. His death reveals Romeo's rash and caution less side as well as Juliet's firm resolve to be true to her husband. His actions during the play support the theme of breaking tradition for loyalty and honour. Tybalt's role in the play as the main antagonist of Romeo and as the closest cousin of Juliet causes him to be the main cause of the star-crossed lovers' strife. ...read more.

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