The Source Of The Montague’s
In every story there is always “the bad guy”. The guy no one likes due to their
trouble making actions. He is usually always looking for trouble. In the story Romeo
and Juliet a man named Tybalt takes the role of being the troublemaker. Thus,
making him an important character. He plays a key role in the story by causing
trouble and grief towards the Montagues. Tybalt’s troublemaking actions towards
the Montagues can be shown through events such as the Capulet’s party, the death
of Mercutio, and also his ambition to fight and kill Romeo.
A prime example of Tybalt causing grief towards the Montagues is when
Tybalt wanted to remove Romeo from Capulet’s party. Tybalt tried to affect Romeo
in this situation. If Tybalt succeeded, Romeo and Juliet would have never of met. In
this Act Tybalt is speaking about removing Romeo from the party by killing him just
for the fact that he is a Montague. “This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch
me my rapier, boy. What dares the slave come hither, cover’d with an antic face, to
fleer and scorn at our solemnity? Now, by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike
him dead I hold it not a sin.”(1.5.54-58) This passage in the story resembles how
Tybalt was trying to cause trouble for Romeo, the Montague. Tybalt knew, just by
the way Romeo talked that he was a Montague, even when Romeo was wearing his
mask. If Tybalt had succeeded in his intensions then it would have changed the story
completely. Romeo and Juliet would have never met. In conclusion, Tybalt shows his
troublemaking actions towards the Montague’s in his very first appearance in the
Another example of Tybalt’s trouble making actions impacting the
Montagues is when Tybalt and Mercutio fought. Tybalt affected Mercutio by killing
him in a swordfight. This passage in the story leads us to the viscous battle:
“Tybalt: Boy this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me: therefore turn and draw.
Romeo: I do protest, I never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise till thou shalt know the reason of my love; and so, good Capulet,-which name I tender as dearly as my own-be satisfied.
Mercutio: O calm, dishonorable, vile submission! Alla stoccata carries it away. Tybalt you rat-catcher, will you walk?” (3.1.65-74)
This quotation shows that Romeo clearly does not disturb or harm Tybalt or
the other Capulet’s. Tybalt decides to come and start a fight with Romeo. Due to
Tybalts rage towards Romeo, the situation results in a fight between Tybalt and
Mercutio. Mercutio fights because he wants to help his fellow Montague and doesn’t
want to see Romeo get hurt. It doesn’t end well as Mercutio fell to his death by the
blade of Tybalt. This has a serious impact on the play. The grief Tybalt had caused
towards Mercutio and the Montagues, impacted the turn of events in the story.
Romeo’s best friend dying caused everyone that was close to him grief and misery.
Romeo is usually a man that does not get upset easily and is very soft-spoken,
but Tybalt did something to change that. The biggest impact Tybalt made through
out the story is the effect he made on Romeo. Tybalt killing Mercutio had affected
Romeo in a big way. By Tybalt killing Romeo’s best friend, Romeo would get mad
and take revenge. This resulted in the death of Tybalt. The quotes given show the
anger Romeo reveals after Mercutio’s death.
“This gentlemen, the Prince’s near ally, my very friend, hath got his mortal hurt with Tybalt’s slander, - Tybalt that an hour hath been my Kinsman! O sweet Juliet, Thy beauty hath…