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Tybalt's influence in the novel Romeo and

by Esly Ramos


23-MAR-2012 05:05AM

Esly Ramos
English 9B

Tybalt's influence in the novel Romeo and Juliet.

Death to a beloved individual is never wished, but is sometimes needed for others to
mature, Although killed offin the novel Romeo and Juliet, Tybalt has much influence on plot,
character development. and has importance to One of many themes that correspond with the
book. He initiates the events leading up to the death or Romeo and Juliet, his actions reveal
Romeo's blind love, he gives Paris confidence in his love life, and the gentleman is an exam ole
that being impulsive doesn't lead to success.

The starting point in which the unfortunate events started happening was when Tybalt
dies. First off if Tybalt wouldn't have talked with Mercurio, then he wouldn't have fought and
died. The response that Tybalt gave Mercurio when they talked was "and but one word with one
of us? Couple it with something. Make it a word and a blow" (3.1.40-4 I) TybaJ t wasthe on

that persuaded "



rest of the men to st,:rt fi~l~til1geach other, S~Qnd.'ljle only reason th<lt

banished was because he killed I ybalt, After the pnnce found out what Romeo lad

done he banished him he said

ce .


for that immediately we do exile him hence. (2.2J96-~97)

After Romeo's banishment Juliet fell into depression and thought about killing herself many
times. Third, if Juliet wouldn't have pretended to die just to see Romeo, then theywould
probably not be dead.


finds his dear Juliet "dead" he bids farc\vell

Fnd his life with the expression, "here's to


love. 0 true

tothe worl . and

apotllecary, thy dmgs are quick. 'hus

with a kiss I die." (5.3 .11.9-120) It is sale to say that the events leading. to the tragic death of the

two main characters of the novel is caused by the death of Tybalt.

To toll ow, Tybalt influences Romeo into thinking differently about his love with Juliet,
and helps create dramatic irony in the novel. To begin with. Tybalt's presence at the time of his
death makes Romeo think that he needs to love Juliet's family just because he loves her. Romeo
explains ~oTybalt that "the reason tl~~lt[he]


appcrtammg rage to such a grccung.: (3.1.63-6)) Romeo

is caring for his family's enemy.
uJiet is drCilding for Tybalt"

[TY.balt] ~oth much exc~se the .


realizing that love rs So blind that he

. . nally, dramatic irony is created when Paris thinks that

eath, but tbe audience knows that she is depressed because of

banishment. He tells old Capulet that "immoderately

she \\ieeps for Tybalt's death, Hod

therefore have 1 little talk of love." (4.1 .6-7) This way of thinking gives Paris a confidence boost
because he is so sure that Juliet loves him and nothing else could be bothering her other than her

cousin's death. This dramatic irony happens again with Juliet's mother, when she questions. if
Juliet is "evermore weeping for [Juliet's] cousin's death" (3.5.71) and Juliet responds "yet let me

weep for sucha feeling loss". (3.5.77) What lady Capulct does not know is 1I1atthe feeling
despair is the feeling. of an empty heart, a heart without Romeo.

Thirdly, Tybalt puts emphasis on being impulsive and having nothing end well. At t e
start of the play, he contributes to the fight: between 11IeMontagues and the Capulets, He rushed
into the scene and without truly having knowledge of what is occurring, and tell. Benvolio,

"what, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee Benvolio; look upon thy deat


(1.1-67 -68). After a brutal and senseless fight bel'.'


Romeo. Mercuric and Tybalt, Mercurio

dies and Tybalt leaves the scene. Then "the furious Tybalt [comes] back again" (3.1.126) H had

no reason to come back into the scene and provoke more havoc. Consequently, he is stabbe by

Romeo, and lady Capulct cries "Tybalt, my cousin.

my brother's child!" (3.1.154) if the

pouncing Tybalt took more caution in his actions, he 'would not have been killed by husband of
his cousin,



final point, Tybalt is one of the more significant minor characters in Romeo and

Juliet. He contributes to Romeo's banishment along with Juliet's despair and helps produce

plentiful dramatic irony when he is diseased. Finally, this minor character helps bring out an
important theme of the book that ties in to other themes of the book. From studying Tybalt, many
would agree that anger and having a quick temper is more of a Haw than a helpful trait, This flaw
most of the time leads to a characters causing mayhem that brings them to their fall or death.




~ 1. You're going down the chain a little bit here. However, given that Romeo actually addresses Tybalt in the tomb
before he takes the poison lends credence to the idea that Tybalt was one of the reasons he did what he did because of
his guilt.


.-----2. Careful, dramatic irony is more of a plot device.