Romeo & Juliet

analytical Essay
872 words
872 words

“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” -George Eliot Romeo and Juliet is a play about young love, loss, and the bond between friends and family. Throughout the course of the tragedy, each of the characters influence both Romeo and Juliet in one way or another. Although many of those characters have some kind of hold on the naive Juliet, they have a stronger hold on the somewhat credulous Romeo. This sway that they have over Romeo causes him to make several decisions that are rash and impulsive. However, it can also cause him to stop and think depending on the character that is influencing him. In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Romeo is influenced by many characters including Mercutio, Benviloi, and Juliet through their joking manner, peaceful composition, and loving attitude, respectively. Through his jokes and quips, Mercutio often persuades Romeo to act before thinking and become confident in himself. When they are speaking of the party that is being held by the Capulets, Romeo tells Mercutio that he is not able to dance because his unrequited love for Rosaline has turned his feet to lead. Mercutio responds by saying that he is a lover, that he should “borrow cupids wings and soar with them above a common ground” (Shakespeare 821). Romeo replies by stating that he hurts too much to do so, and Mercutio says that hi takes the burden of love too seriously and that he has lost all of his spirit. Mercutio’s reference and joke about cupid aids Romeo to make the decision of attending the party. Later that night, after the party at the Capulet’s where Romeo first meets Juliet, he rushes off to see her again. Mercutio and Benvolio attempt to search for him in the streets of V... ... middle of paper ... ...where she was buried. He makes the decision to kill himself, saying that he will remain in the tomb with Juliet, “with worms that are [her] chambermaids. O’ [there] will [he] set up [his] everlasting rest” (Shakespeare 923). Juliet’s love for Romeo and his love for her causes him to change many things in his life and eventually end it. During Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is under the influence of Mercutio with his joking air, Benvilo with his peaceful manner, and Juliet with her loving attitude. Mercutio often raises his spirits and give Romeo more confidence in himself. Benvolio helps to keep Romeo calm and reasonable throughout each of his ordeals. Finally, Juliet provides him with hope through her undying love for him. Romeo is often swayed by many characters, but he is swayed by those whom he keeps closest to him and he loves the most.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the characters influence romeo and juliet in a play about young love, loss, and the bond between friends and family.
  • Analyzes how mercutio persuades romeo to act before thinking and become confident in himself.
  • Analyzes how benvolio influences romeo during his depression, his brawl with tybalt, and his exile by prince escalus through his calm demeanor.
  • Analyzes how romeo is influenced by juliet through her ability to recover from his depression over rosaline, marry her behind both their fathers' backs, and ultimately kill himself.
  • Analyzes how romeo is influenced by mercutio, benvilo and juliet in shakespeare's play, "romeo" and "juliet."
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