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Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

13) Why does Juliet feel torn when she hears of Tybalt’s death?

Juliet feels torn because Tybalt was her cousin, but Romeo is her beloved husband. At first, she mourns Tybalt and reviles Romeo, saying, “O serpent heart hid with a flowering face! / Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave? / Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical!” (3.2.74–76) But then her love for Romeo overcomes her feelings of betrayal and anger, especially when she realizes that Tybalt would have killed Romeo.