What do we learn of the relationship between Tybalt and Capulet in Act 1, Scene 5; and how does Shakespeare use language to portray each character?need help for course work please help me

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In this particular scene, we get to watch the party at the Capulets. Tybalt is Lord Capulet's nephew and he brings to his uncle's attention the Montague tresspasser, Romeo. Tybalt claims,

To strike him dead I count it not a sin.

Capulet counters,

He shall be endured.

This scene demonstrates great respect from Tybalt to his uncle in that after Tybalt was told he could not act on his anger, he held it and did not start a fight. This is one of Tybalt's great joys in life, so that demonstrated a great amount of self-control.

The two did have a vicious debate though which resulted in several strong words of name-calling from Capulet.

Shakespeare uses diction to effectively and accurately portray the situation and the characters.

The words mutiny, cock-a-hoop, princox, and strike him dead all show the passion the Capulets have. They focus that passion toward hating the Montagues.

The words "shall be endured" demonstrate the authority of Capulet as well as his ability to deal with a difficult situation.

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Romeo and Juliet

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