Romeo and Juliet

Why is Tybalt called Prince of Cats?

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Mercutio refers to Tybalt as the "Good King of Cats" or the "Prince of Cats" because his demeanor and actions are much like a cats': lithe, agile, predatory and territorial. Tybalt is hot-tempered and quarrelsome, as we see by how quick he is to engage in battle.

But the "Prince of Cats" title also stems from an earlier time, an earlier tale. There is a fable called "Reynard the Fox", in which one of the characters is a cat named Tibert/Tibalt/Tybalt that is called the "Prince of Cats". This character was also quite quarrelsome, as the Tybalt of Romeo and Juliet was.


Because he has nine lives.


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