Romeo And Juliet Character Analysis

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The story of Romeo and Juliet is the story of two star crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet’s love was hidden because they were forbidden to date as they were from the two opposing houses in Verona; Capulet’s and Montague’s. Names are important in this tragedy as the reason there was so much tragedy was based on the two teenagers having to hide their love from everyone and the weight that responsibility bared on them. In this play names divide characters and define people as well as they divide the city in two based on your last name. Before the play even begins, the prologue immediately in act 1, the hatred for the opposing families is made clear especially with Tybalt, who throughout the play, is the most vocal about his hatred and the clear division between the two families. In Act 1, Scene 1 when he enters the scene he immediately wants to fight with Benvolio and when Benvolio wants to stop the quarrel and keep the peace Tybalt says “What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee”. Throughout the play Tybalt is the one that seems to the keenest about starting quarrels in order to uphold his family name. In this quote he talks about how in the streets of Verona, especially between Capulets and Montagues, there will never be talk of peace because his hatred for the Montagues leads him to hate the word itself as it was a Montague who ushered it. In the end Tybalt dies because of his honour and his inability to see past names. Names

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