Character Analysis of Tybalt In Romeo and Juliet


In William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. Tybalt is the most at fault for both the deaths of Mercutio and his own. Throughout the play, Tybalt would play the antagonist against the protagonist Romeo. Causing problems for both himself and others. 

Tybalt at the being of the play is a very bold and hot-headed character that loves the feud between the families. When Romeo snuck into their party and crashed it there was a reason to be angry. Romeo though not invited acted mannerly and didn’t bring about any issues. Tybalt overreacted and called him a villain. “Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe, A villain, that is hither come in spite To scorn at our solemnity this night” (1.5.60-65). 

Tybalt would later try and duel Romeo even going against what the Prince of Escalu wanted. Tybalt insultingly instigated a fight with Romeo but since he was now technically related to him, Romeo would decline and lose face. Mercutio takes up Tybalt’s offer and duels him for Romeo’s sake, Romeo would try and stop the fight and Tybalt knowingly tried to kill Romeo but missed and hits Mercutio in the process. Causing Romeo to slay Tybalt in a blind rage, causing the banishment and causing more problems for Romeo. 

Tybalt is the most at fault for the deaths of both Mercutio and his own. He instigated fights for no reason and would break the agreement with the prince. Even so, Tybalt isn’t the only one to blame but he holds most of it. Romeo and Mercutio’s decisions throughout the play were skeptical. But Tybalt would still ultimately cause the most tragedy. His brash and inconsiderate actions would cause the death of the prince’s cousin Mercutio and himself.

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