I'm  really confused on how to write a conclusion for my essay on Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare.  My chosen character is Tybalt and my chosen theme, in relation to the character, is...

I'm  really confused on how to write a conclusion for my essay on Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare.  My chosen character is Tybalt and my chosen theme, in relation to the character, is conflict.

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There is no doubting the conclusion of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The tragedy of misunderstanding and miscommunication is apparent and regretted. Readers are left wishing that Romeo in particular had not acted so hastily. It could have been so different!

In writing an essay about Tybalt, it is necessary to consider the purpose of your chosen essay and its theme. The conclusion is a way of rounding off everything you have said and checking if the thesis statement from your introduction, where you have stated the main argument of your essay, has been suitably explained. Always use your introduction to help you write the conclusion, sometimes even restating the thesis statement if it is a strong one and will reinforce your overall objective.  

Let's consider the details that should be in your essay. In your introduction, you will have introduced Tybalt as Juliet's cousin, a hot-headed but fiercely loyal member of the Capulet household, as is apparent from the first introduction to him where he expresses his absolute, unmitigated (total) hatred of the Montagues. The introduction should also mention how his actions facilitate (help cause) the tragic consequences and outcomes of the play which relate to the chosen theme of conflict—in this case, Man vs Man (a possible thesis). In your introduction, you may have mentioned that the audience knows from the beginning of the play (in the Prologue) that this play will not have a happy ending. 

The body of the essay should then include the actual details that have been hinted at in the introduction, including more information about the "ancient grudge" and how Tybalt sees it as his place to protect the honor of the family which then explains his reaction to various characters. Tybalt's attitude towards Benvolio, Romeo and, in particular, his inability to recognize Mercutio's attempt to incite him on purpose in Act III, scene i, leads to a series of events which prove fatal. Mercutio's misunderstanding of Romeo's refusal to fight Tybalt also needs to be discussed in the body of your essay. 

The conclusion can now reiterate (confirm) the details in the introduction. From having introduced Tybalt and the theme of conflict, together with his part in that and the Man vs Man aspect which Tybalt represents, simply confirm (as you have shown in the body) how Tybalt will unwittingly (without realizing), contribute to the unfortunate events that were revealed to the audience in the Prologue. Remember, do not expand on the details or explain them. You will have done this sufficiently in the body of the essay.

Consider: Tybalt's contribution to the overall conflict in Romeo and Juliet is unmistakable. He represents the Man vs Man side of the conflict which will destroy the families. The potential for disaster when irrational decisions are reached and acted upon without any consideration for the possible consequences is revealed in the extreme.  


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