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.

        Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin is the main Capulet who wishes to fuel the feud and more importantly chooses violence to do so.  Tybalt believes he is the ‘big man’ of the family, and that everybody is scared of him. He shows clearly that he does not like peace, “ ‘ what, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, …”’

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In both of the film versions by the BBC production and Baz Luhrmann’s, Tybalt seems very calm and sure of himself. This is more so in Baz Luhrmann’s version. This may be because it was produced more recently, therefore it is easier for people of my generation to understand, and interpret

        From all three versions of Romeo and Juliet, which I have studied, it seems that the Montague’s are a lot more peaceful, as opposed to the Capulet's.  

        Benvolio, Romeo’s cousin does not wish to fight with Tybalt, “ ‘ I do but keep the peace.”’

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