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Romeo and Juliet

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Love for Tybalt

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During the confrontation between Tybalt and Romeo in Act 3, scene 1, Romeo says:

Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee
Doth much excuse the appertaining rage
To such a greeting. Villain am I none.

Why does Romeo claim to love Tybalt?

A

Romeo is pretending to “love” Tybalt but in reality is trying to avoid fighting with him.

B

Romeo knows Tybalt is Juliet's cousin and considers him his own cousin now that they are married.

C

Romeo regrets the way he has treated him in the past and wants to make amends.

D

Romeo feels sorry for Tybalt and has grown to respect him, despite the feud.

E

Romeo is being sarcastic and uses “love” in the same tone as Tybalt does previously.