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To What Extent Can Tybalt Truely Be Blamed For The Deaths Of Romeo And Juliet.

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Tybalt is shown as a villain in Romeo and Juliet but how much can he really be blamed?Tybalt is a proud and patriotic Capulet cousin, his name reflects his personality (tybalt means the prince of cats) he is a rare swordsman and fights with honor, although he does take personal insults very far he can be viewed in two ways, first as a racist, prejudiced against the Montagues or second as an honorable man who fights for family and what he believes to be right, Mercoutio describes him as"More than prince of cats, I can tell you. O, he isthe courageous captain of compliments. He fightsas you sing prick-song, keeps time, distance, andproportion; rests me his minim rest, one, two, and thethird in your bosom: the very butcher of a silk button,a duellist, a duellist; a gentleman of the very firsthouse, of the first and second cause," (2.4.26)In scene 1 act 1 Rioting has broken out between the two families, Tybalt must be held responsible for turning down an offer of peace from the Montagues,"What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word,As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee:Have at thee, coward!" (1.1.72)However following the riot Tybalt and indeed all Capulets and Montagues are issued a warning that if violence is broken out again someone will pay the price"If ever you disturb our streets again,Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." (1.1.97)In this Tybalt does receive a warning so although he can be blamed for exacerbating a fight in act 1 scene 1 he cannot be further punished.Some would believe that Tybalt does not really listen to the Princes warning which shows a lack of respect for authority which is all part of the reason that the Capulets and the Montagues are fighting anyway since, in Act 3 scene 1 Tybalt comes back to fight Romeo but in truth Tybalt is not trying to disturb the peace, he is merely trying to win his own back on Romeo.When Romeo, Mercoutio, Benvolio and several other Montagues Gatecrash the Capulet party they are merely doing it out of fun but to Tybalt it is an act of dishonor, he even tries to attack Romeo during the party,"This, by his voice, should be a Montague.Fetch me my...

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