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How does Shakespeare present Tybalt throughout Romeo and Juliet?

Tybalt is presented as a character who is heavily invested in the conflict between the two families. He appears to seek out violence from his first introduction in Act 1 where he tells Benvolio to “look upon thy death” and this attitude does not appear to change, resulting in his death at Romeo’s hands in Act 3. Shakespeare’s language is used to reinforce this presentation with Tybalt’s speeches heavily punctuated with exclamations to highlight his anger and highly emotive language such as his reference to Romeo as a “villain” and his claim to “hate” the word “peace” as he hates “hell, all montages and thee” when challenging Benvolio, which emphasises his aggressive nature further still.

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