Young love; a questionable topic since the early days of mankind. Even after centuries have passed, many still wonder whether it is considered true love or just plain lust. This mystery reincarnates itself through Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The question that arises in this tragic love story of young, supposedly star-crossed lovers is who is to be truly blamed for their deaths within the first two acts? With a story as complex as this one, the blame can fall on various characters. However, the most evident characters to take the fall are Benvolio, Romeo and Friar Lawrence.
One of William Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, Romeo and Juliet, tells the story of two star-crossed lovers from opposite families that are victims to tragic circumstances. Romeo and Juliet meet each other for the first time at a party and they fall in love and eventually decide to get married. Mercutio is the closest friend to Romeo and plays an important role in his life. Mercutio 's concern is always for Romeo and for peace between the two families, the Capulets and the Montagues. Mercutio is the first to see that Romeo is deeply in love. Tybalt, is Juliet 's cousin who kills Mercutio and Romeo kills Tybalt in return and is exiled from Verona. Juliet is being forced to marry Count Paris. A plan comes about that Juliet is to be drugged which would cause her to appear dead and therefore preventing her from having to marry Count Paris. However Romeo fails to receive the details of the plan
Romeo and Juliet has many themes which are fate, death and love, these are all intertwined. At the very beginning of the play, before we even know the characters, we know that ‘death-marked’ ‘Star crossed lovers’ will ‘take their lives’ which already brings in the major themes. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony throughout the play and builds up the tension until Act 3 scene 1 where death starts to play a role. The Prologue also informs us about the Montagues and Capulets dislike for each other. The theme of love is also there thought the play. There are different types of love, the unrequited love the Romeo feels for Rosaline and that Paris feels for Juliet. There is also the love between friends such as with Romeo and Mercutio as Mercutio dies to protect Romeo’s honour and then Romeo avenges his death, and then the romantic love Romeo and Juliet share. I believe the Mercutio is one of the main characters in this play. His speeches tell us a lot about him and his actions have a large affect on the ending of the play. Mercutio’s name means mercurial meaning “an unpredictable and fast changing mood” which is an accurate description of Mercutio's personality because in Queen Mabs speech at the beginning he is joking and seeking attention, but at the end he becomes serious and angry.
The wise woman, Margaret Mead, who was a distinguished anthropologist, once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” A group of citizens in Verona sought to change the world of two star-crossed lovers. In spite of trying to improve their situation, Friar Laurence, Balthasar, Paris, Benvolio and Mercutio only lead Romeo and Juliet into tragedy. These characters always think they are helping, but they end up leading Romeo and Juliet to their deaths. Friar Laurence, Balthasar, Paris, Benvolio and Mercutio all played a trusted role either as a friend, lover or religious leader in Romeo’s and Juliet’s lives. However, despite their best intentions tragedy befalls Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet depicts the conflict between fate and free will through use of his characters’ actions and beliefs. Fate is the main driving force between the demise of the two main protagonists. Because of it, superstition, the actions of others, and the idea of chance are allowed a main role in the play building up to events that lead to a tragic end.
Mercutio acts as a flat character in the play unlike the other characters who end up developing through experience. Mercutio consistently attempts to guide Romeo in the direction that is not only beneficial but more so in favor to Romeo as well. During his first appearance in an effort to encourage Romeo to dance—also in an attempt to cheer him up—Mercutio demonstrates such with the words, “Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance (1.4.13)”. At first sight Mercutio is already directing Romeo to the advantageous outcome. His words are simple but they hold great meaning and reveal how much he cares for Romeo. His one sentence has an underlying meaning of wanting Romeo to overcome his current infatuation rather than merely wanting him to dance. At the scene directly prior to Mercutio’s death, he continues to show his unchanging behavior by defend...
Humor can be found to be a virtue and a vice; however, in the grimmest situations humor may allow the gravity to turn into glee and gayness. Mercutio’s greatest aspect is his sense of humor. Which he doesn’t fail to display even in the most inappropriate moments. An instance of such portrayal is during the scene where Romeo has ditched Benvolio and Mercutio in pursuit of Juliet, in the Capulet’s garden. In which Mercutio comically says, “Nay, I’ll conjure too. / Romeo! Humors! Madman! Passion! Lover!” (II.i.7-8). This moment can be considered much graver than Mercutio depicts it to be which makes this scene much more like comic relief than a serious scene. The fact that there are Montague’s in Capulet’s territory is serious enough and can cause some major consequences for the perpetrators if caught. And now to betray their positio...
Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, is a story of two young lovers. These two hearts, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet belong to feuding families. The family feud causes them to keep their love a secret and therefore only Romeo, Juliet, Benvolio, the Nurse and Friar Lawrence know of their love. Romeo and Juliet are able to look past the feud and let themselves fall in mad love with the other. They let themselves do almost anything for the other and at times it seems like too much to do, even for the one they love. Although fate and character traits play a key role in the play, ultimately Rome and Juliet’s personal choices lead to their downfall.Fate originates all of the conflicts in Romeo and Juliet, from when they met until they die.
Baz Luhrman’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet illuminates the love and caring manner of Mercutio because of facial expressions, the camera angles, and the sound effects Mercutio. In this medium, of Romeo and Juliet it takes place on a bright sunny day on a beach in Verona. Romeo approaches the scene and asks for peace with Tybalt. But, tybalt declines the offer and approaches Romeo and starts to beat him up, Mercutio initially stands there shocked by Tybalt’s actions. Mercutio’s face turns angry and enraged to defend Romeo, as all he was asking for was peace. He could've just left Romeo there to get beat up, but he expresses his love and caring manner through his changes in his facial expressions. If Mercutio didn’t feel anything he would
In the the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ written by William Shakespeare the character Romeo is used to help the readers understand an important message of the destruction that is caused when passion overrides reason. Shakespeare uses Romeo to highlight an important message is shown several times throughout the course of the play. Shakespeare uses the character Romeo to help readers understand this important message when Romeo sneaks into the Capulet's’ garden to see Juliet in act 2, scene 2. He is also used to show an important message in act 3, scene 5 when Romeo kills himself once finding out about Juliet’s apparent death.