Wiley Pd. 2
Close Reading Revised
Before this quote, Romeo had found out from a servant of the Capulet house that
Lord Capulet was hosting a party. To get Romeo’s mind off of Rosaline, Mercutio
suggests that Romeo attends this party to find another girl. Romeo goes to the party, even
though he does not expect to find a girl that is better than Rosaline there. Soon after
Romeo’s arrival, he spots Juliet and immediately falls in love with her. As Romeo is
saying words of kindness about her, Tybalt discovers he is a Montague.
There are three attributes revealed about Tybalt during this quote. One of the
attributes is that Tybalt is proud of the family he comes from and defends it proudly. The
next is that Tybalt is vengeful, and never lets people live anything down. Finally, it is
revealed that Tybalt hates the Montague Family.
Tybalt: “This, by his voice, should be a Montague.
Fetch me my rapier, boy. What, dares the slave
Come hither, covered with an antic face,
To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?
Now, by the stock and honor of my kin,
To, strike him dead I hold it not a sin.”
(Act 1, Scene 4)
Romeo’s kin forbids Romeo to be at this party, since it is only for Capulets.
Immediately upon seen Romeo, Tybalt calls for his servant to fetch his sword, to duel
Romeo with. The duel never happens, however, because Lord Capulet breaks up the
fight. Capulet tells Tybalt to ignore Romeo for the rest of the party and settle down.
When Capulet leaves, Tybalt swears to Romeo that he would one day have revenge on
An attribute of Tybalt revealed in this quote is that Tybalt is proud of his kin. He
defends his heritage very openly and is willing to protect it with his life. When he says,
“Fetch me my rapier, boy,” he tells his servant to retrieve his sword so he may duel
Romeo. This is so that Tybalt may kill Romeo for showing up to his family’s party
uninvited. Tybalt does this because he is angry that Romeo would disrespect his family in
this manner. This shows that Tybalt has a high standard for the people his family
associates with, and is willing to live up to those standards.
Another attribute of Tybalt revealed in this quote is that Tybalt is vengeful. When
he finds Romeo, he wants to duel, and slay him to prove a point that Romeo should not
be at the party. When Tybalt is stopped by Capulet, he is frustrated that he is not able to
fulfill his promise to Romeo of slaying him. He promises Romeo that he will have his
revenge another day.
The final attribute revealed about Tybalt is that he has hatred toward the
Montague Family. When he spots Romeo, he says”This, by his voice, should be a
Montague.” If Tybalt had not said anything about Romeo being a Montague, there would
have been no sense of hatred to the Montague family created. He also calls Romeo, “the
slave,” which is an insult to Romeo and his family.
In the quote, the three attributes revealed about Tybalt is that he is proud if his
kin, he is vengeful, and he shows hatred toward the Montague family. All these attributes
show that Tybalt is a very proud person. He takes revenge and honors his kin.