Inside the Walls of Verona
The tragedy Romeo and Juliet boasts a wide assortment of characters. Many of whom are often at odds with one another. Three characters in particular, Tybalt, Mercutio, and Benvolio, are three very different men, and are driven by impulses and their different characteristics. Tybalt is driven by his rage and craving for violence, Mercutio is driven by his friendship with Romeo, and Benvolio is often driven by his love for peace. But these men do share one common trait, loyalty. Tybalt, Mercutio, and Benvolio are loyal to their families and their friends without question and with great passion.
Tybalt is a man whose anger dominates his behavior. He would much rather fight than work problems with others out. He actually says he hates peace to Benvolio during the beginning of the play when Benvolio was trying to make peace between Montague and Capulet attendants; Tybalt exclaims,” What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee: Have at thee, coward!” Tybalt is telling Benvolio he hates peace, hell, Montagues and Benvolio. Tybalt rage and violence is fueled by his pride in some instances. When Tybalt and Mercutio duel, Tybalt says to Romeo beforehand,” Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw.” The injuries Tybalt is referencing to is when Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio snuck into the Capulet Ball. Tybalt was infuriated and said he would get Romeo back, and this was his time to get him back. Essentially Tybalt claimed whatever Romeo says will not excuse what he’s done, so tells Romeo to draw his sword and fight. Tybalt’s unwavering loyalty to his family is usually why his rage controls him. When someone disgraces or disrespects the Capulet name Tybalt is more than willing to fight to defend his family’s name.
Mercutio is neither a Capulet nor a Montague. His loyalty doesn’t lie with any family, but with his best friend, Romeo. His decisions are...
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