One could argue that Tybalt is the primary antagonist in the play, and that his brash, aggressive actions indirectly lead to Romeo and Juliet's tragic deaths. In act one, scene five, Romeo and his close friends sneak into Lord Capulet's ball, where he sees Juliet for the first...
One could argue that Tybalt is the primary antagonist in the play, and that his brash, aggressive actions indirectly lead to Romeo and Juliet's tragic deaths. In act one, scene five, Romeo and his close friends sneak into Lord Capulet's ball, where he sees Juliet for the first time and expresses his feelings regarding her beauty aloud. Tybalt overhears Romeo and immediately recognizes his voice. As a fierce, hostile individual, Tybalt is offended by Romeo's presence and attempts to fight him. However, Lord Capulet prevents Tybalt from ruining the ball and manages to control him for the time being. Tybalt then vows to get revenge on Romeo and proceeds to challenge him to a duel later in the play.
Romeo then secretly marries Juliet in Friar Laurence's cell, which changes his opinion of the Capulet family. When Tybalt challenges Romeo in act three, scene one, Romeo refuses to participate in the duel and Mercutio defends his honor by accepting Tybalt's challenge. In the middle of Mercutio and Tybalt's duel, Romeo attempts to break up the fight and intervenes. Tybalt uses Romeo's distraction to his advantage by fatally stabbing Mercutio under Romeo's arm. In a fit of rage, Romeo avenges Mercutio's death by killing Tybalt. After killing Tybalt, Romeo is exiled from Verona, and Friar Laurence is forced to come up with a desperate plan for Juliet to fake her death in order to avoid marrying Paris.
Unfortunately, Romeo never receives Friar Laurence's message regarding the sleeping potion and is under the impression that Juliet is actually dead. Once Romeo arrives at Juliet's tomb, he commits suicide and Juliet does the same when she wakes up to discover Romeo's dead body. One could argue that Romeo would have never been exiled from Verona had Tybalt not challenged him to a duel, which tragically led to Mercutio's death and incited his rage. The ensuing miscommunication between Friar Laurence, Juliet, and Romeo would have never happened and the two lovers would have no reason for committing suicide. Therefore, Tybalt's actions in act three, scene one create a serious conflict for the two lovers after Romeo kills him to avenge Mercutio's death and is exiled from Verona.