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What should Romeo write to tybalt as a response letter to Tybalt's challenge in Act 2...

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salimouf | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 20, 2008 at 3:12 PM via web

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What should Romeo write to tybalt as a response letter to Tybalt's challenge in Act 2 Scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet"?

Ok i have an assignment due tomorrow to write a letter responding to Tybalt's challenge in Act 2 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet play from Romeo's point of view. First, i need to know some ideas about what to write and how to write it. In addition, I was wondering if there is any special way in writing an old shakespearean letter or an Elizabethan letter. Thanks in advance.

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 20, 2008 at 3:58 PM (Answer #2)

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Do you have to respond as Romeo might or as YOU would?  This would dictate how you write the letter and what is in it.  Here is a link to some words you could use when writing your letter:

http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-online-dictionary.htm

About halfway down the page, there is an Elizabethan online dictionary that you can use. Very cool!

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salimouf | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 20, 2008 at 4:55 PM (Answer #3)

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In fact, I don't have to write it as Romeo, I can write the challenge itself as Tybalt sending the letter to Romeo, either way, but i really need to know what kind of information i have to include in such a letter. Thanks for the online dictionary, very cool indeed!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 21, 2008 at 10:52 AM (Answer #4)

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Consider this: Romeo does not want to lose face (be embarrassed by refusing to fight), but he also does not want to fight Tybalt since Tybalt is Juliet's cousin.  Fighting would cause him to be banished and separated from the girl/woman he loves--not an option for him.  In addition, Romeo at this point, has had it with fighting with Capulets.  He wants Juliet to love him, and fighting with members of her family aren't going to win any brownie points.  Of course, much of this he can't tell Tybalt since Romeo and Juliet are trying to keep their love affair private for the time being.  This makes a letter tricky.  Romeo might want to tell Tybalt that although Tybalt is sure to prove a worthy opponent, he finds himself otherwise engaged and can not be present for the duel.  He may pledge that he is unwell or has to be out of town on matters of business.  Anything to avoid Tybalt's challenge.

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salimouf | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 24, 2008 at 2:39 PM (Answer #5)

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Thx a lot , but i would really appreciate it if i get more posts and explinations about how the challenge letter would be written from tybalt to Romeo, as I have the option to do this as well, and i see this letter easier as it's easy to apply Tybalt's famous anger and madness than applying Romeo's mysterious romance and soft words. Therefore, I wish you can give me ideas about what would Tybalt say to Romeo, -or The Montague's house as he directs the letter there challenging Romeo- and how would he say them and why?

Thx in advance

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salimouf | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 24, 2008 at 2:43 PM (Answer #6)

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Thx a lot , but i would really appreciate it if i get more posts and explinations about how the challenge letter would be written from tybalt to Romeo, as I have the option to do this as well, and i see this letter easier as it's easy to apply Tybalt's famous anger and madness than applying Romeo's mysterious romance and soft words. Therefore, I wish you can give me ideas about what would Tybalt say to Romeo, -or The Montague's house as he directs the letter there challenging Romeo- and how would he say them and why?

Thx in advance

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 24, 2008 at 4:23 PM (Answer #7)

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Keep in mind that Tybalt is angry about Romeo's appearance at the party, not just that Romeo is a Montague.  He would be sure to mention that in the letter.  There is also the possibility that Tybalt saw Romeo talking to Juliet, which would have angered him more.  Look back to the first scene between the servants and at the insults there - "do you bite your thumb at me, sir?"  Also, consider this website with Shakespearean insults to help you form the exact words that Tybalt might use.  He will want to insult Romeo, call him nasty names, and mention the disrespect of Romeo coming to the Capulet party.

http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/

http://petelevin.com/shakespeare.htm

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