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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 is the courageous captain of compliments He fights as you sing prick-song keeps time distance and proportion rests me his minim rest one two and the third in your bosom the very butcher of a silk button a duellist a duellist a gentleman of the very first house of the first and second cause 2426 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 1172 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 1197 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
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