In Shakespeare's classic play Romeo and Juliet, Tybalt is portrayed as an aggressive hothead who is determined to get revenge on Romeo for sneaking into his uncle's ball. In act 1, scene 4, Romeo expresses his affinity for Juliet aloud, and Tybalt recognizes his voice. Although Tybalt is willing...
In Shakespeare's classic play Romeo and Juliet, Tybalt is portrayed as an aggressive hothead who is determined to get revenge on Romeo for sneaking into his uncle's ball. In act 1, scene 4, Romeo expresses his affinity for Juliet aloud, and Tybalt recognizes his voice. Although Tybalt is willing to fight Romeo at the ball, Lord Capulet intervenes by forcing his nephew to control his temper and allows Romeo to enjoy the party. Before Tybalt has the opportunity to challenge Romeo to a duel, Romeo secretly marries Juliet in Friar Laurence's cell, which significantly changes his outlook on the Capulet family.
In act 3, scene 1, Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel, but Romeo refuses to fight a Capulet because of his recent marriage to Juliet. However, Mercutio defends his friend's honor by accepting the challenge for him and fighting Tybalt. In the middle of their duel, Romeo intervenes, which gives Tybalt the opportunity to fatally wound Mercutio. Following Mercutio's tragic death, Romeo loses control of his emotions and kills Tybalt. Prince Escalus exiles Romeo from Verona, which indirectly leads to his decision to commit suicide. Once Romeo is banished from Verona, he becomes desperate and is no longer in contact with Friar Laurence or Juliet.
Tybalt's decision to challenge Romeo to a duel directly leads to Mercutio's death, which motivates Romeo to take his life. The outcome of Romeo killing Tybalt is his exile. If Romeo were never banished from Verona, he would have known about Friar Laurence and Juliet's plan to ingest the sleeping potion and would have avoided the confusion surrounding her death. Tragically, Romeo never received the letter, assumed that Juliet was actually dead, and committed suicide. When Juliet wakes up in the tomb, she discovers that her husband is dead and also commits suicide. Therefore, Tybalt's challenge was the catalyst that indirectly led to Romeo and Juliet's deaths.