Romeo feels terrible about killing Tybalt, because he was Juliet’s cousin and he didn’t want to fight him.
The death of Tybalt is a turning point in the play. The fiery tempered Tybalt has been targeting Romeo ever since Juliet’s party, where he felt that Romeo’s presence there was an insult to the Capulets. Tybalt tracks down Romeo and tries to fight him in the street, but Romeo refuses. As far as he is concerned, Tybalt is family.
Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford
No better term than this,--thou art a villain.
Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee
Doth much excuse the appertaining rage
To such a...
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