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The Discovering Literature: Shakespeare & Renaissance and more1

The Discovering Literature: Shakespeare & Renaissance and more1

How exactly does Shakespeare provide Tybalt here and when you look at the remaining portion of the play?

Interestingly, Shakespeare presents Tybalt as uncharacteristically wary in this scene. That is despite being founded as hot-tempered and confrontational in Act 1, Scene 1’s brawl, and through their choleric rage when stopped from challenging Romeo in the ball. He now addresses Benvolio (whom he earlier in the day threatened to murder), Mercutio as well as the Montagues as ‘Gentlemen’ and wishes them den’ that is‘good3.1.38), both markings of courteous, respectful behavior. Whenever talking right to Mercutio, Tybalt uses ‘you’ and ‘sir’ (3.1.41) to point Mercutio’s superiority that is social using care never to challenge or offend the Prince’s kinsman. Even though Mercutio taunts and provokes him to anger with deliberately insulting attacks that are verbal Tybalt publicly backs straight straight down through the conflict to pursue Romeo (‘Well comfort be to you, sir, right here comes my man’ (3.1.56)).