How does Shakespeare create aggressive male behaviour in Romeo and Juliet?
Aggressive male behaviour is made explicit to the 16th century audience through Sampson’s line ‘my naked weapon is out.’ The connotation of ‘naked weapon’ is ambiguous and has a crude euphemism that would strongly suggest Sampson is trying to exherit his masculinity by describing his ‘sword’ in such a way. He is also making reference to his penis which shows that violence and sex are linked. This comic pun also implies that the fight in Verona has effected all Veronese society due to this pun, this also links into the theme family honour as all of the families join into the street fight as they want to protect their family and their reputation in society. Tybalt is always prepared to fight a Montague due to his fiery behaviour, his language is full of hatred in which he expresses how much he ‘Hate[s] hell, all Montagues and thee.’ Tybalt’s language suggests that he is one of the individuals who is continuing the feud against the two families; He compares the idea of ‘peace’ and ‘hell’ which conveys that Tybalt represents the ugliness that lies below the surface of Veronese society.
Tybalt’s inherit anger once again resurfaces in Act one, Scene five after he discovers, Romeo at the Capulet ball in which he immediately wants a fight asks his servants to ‘Fetch [his] rapier’ Tybalt uses weapons to imply that Romeo has come to the Capulet ball out of spite however Romeo has come out of the motives of love, as Tybalt feels that Romeo has disrespected his family name he believes he has to kill Romeo, the use of religious connotations in ‘Strike him dead I hold it not a sin’ depicts that Tybalt is not worried about killing Romeo as he believes that God will agree with Romeo’s behaviour and that he should be punished, this shows that Tybalt is more interested in fighting aggressively than following the church. In Elizabethan times, believing in God and going to church was a key concept and anyone who disobeyed these laws would be punished, which would shock the Elizabethan audience as someone with such a high class would have the attitudes of Tybalt.
Tybalt’s desire to kill Romeo is depicted again where the use of pathetic fallacy foreshadows how the tension is brewing between the two characters and that Tybalt’s ‘mad blood [is] stirring.’ Tybalt’s villain like behaviour implies his aggressiveness towards Romeo with the fact that he wants to kill him, however...