What is the reason Tybalt is looking for Romeo?

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price7781 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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In Act III, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet, Tybalt is looking for Romeo to fight him for attending the Capulet ball uninvited.  Because the Capulets and Montagues are in a family feud, Romeo “crashing” the party is disrespectful and forbidden.  When Tybalt sees Romeo on the street, he calls him out as being a “villain.” Little does Tybalt know that Romeo has already married Juliet, and they are now relatives.  Because of this, Romeo doesn’t want to fight Tybalt, but he can’t tell him why.  Mercutio, a hotheaded friend of Romeo’s, says he will fight Tybalt.  They start to sword fight, and when Romeo attempts to break up the fight, Tybalt stabs Mercutio.  Tybalt and his men run off, but come back still enraged at Romeo. Because Romeo has just lost his best friend, he fights and kills Tybalt.  Now, Romeo has killed a relative by marriage and must flee Verona.

This scene is just another episode that seals Romeo and Juliet’s fate of bad luck keeping them from ever getting together.

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Tybalt is looking for Romeo because he had challenged Romeo to a duel in revenge for Romeo’s appearing at the Capulet’s ball at the beginning of the play.  This is the ball where Romeo meets Juliet.

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In Act II, Scene 4, Tybalt is looking for Romeo as he wants to challenge him to a duel. Tybalt has vowed to seek revenge on Romeo for coming to a Capulet party without being invited.

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