William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

‘Romeo and Juliet’, the play was written by the famous English writer
William Shakespeare and was first performed in 1595 during the reign
of Queen Elizabeth I, the play was set in Verona, Italy. It’s the
world’s most famous drama of tragic young love. The story is based on
two main characters ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Romeo is the son of Montague
and Juliet is the daughter of Capulet. Who are in deep sweet love and
the only thing that is stopping them is that they’re of two different
families who loathe each other. The story begins with the Montague’s
servants (Romeo’s family) brawling against the Capulet’s servants
(Juliet’s family), Benvolio tries to break up the fight but the Prince
arrives and warns everyone that anyone brawling in the streets of
Verona will be punished with death. Also Romeo is in love with
Rosaline and goes to a party to see Rosaline but then sets eyes on
Juliet and they fall in love. The words ‘cowardice and bravery’ will
be used often in my essay so I have defined their meanings for you,
cowardice means a lack of courage, as Bravery stands for the quality
of being brave and acting with courage.

Romeo is the main character of the story, he is in love with Rosaline
but when sets eyes on Juliet he cannot look away. He is also the
cousin of Benvolio who I will be reviewing later on in this essay. I
would say that Romeo is almost a fully brave character for he does not
act as a villain like Tybalt but he is part cowardice. Romeo is brave
because he doesn’t walk around looking for fights to kill someone to
prove anything. He is a very calm and peaceful person and only reacts
when needed as he shows in Act 3 Scene I where Tybalt tries to provoke
Romeo to fight him : “Tybalt, the reason that I have love thee doth
much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting, villain am I
none. Therefore farewell; I see thou knowst me not.

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” Romeo says this
to Tybalt as he does not want to brawl for no reason at all. He also
shows bravery in Act 5 Scene 3 when Romeo sees Juliet ‘dead’ (when
she’s really sleeping) and Romeo doesn’t know the real plan. He says
to himself he cannot live without Juliet, which shows true love: “I
still will stay with thee, and never from this palace of dim night
depart again. Here, here will I remain with worms that are thy
chambermaids; O here will I set up my everlasting rest, and shake the
yoke of inauspicious stars from this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look
your last! Arms, take your last embrace! And, lips, O you the doors of
breathe, seal with a righteous kiss.” Romeo drinks poison to be with
Juliet which is very brave. Romeo is part cowardice because he went
against his parents’ wishes by marrying a member of their enemies the
Capulets. By telling his parents the consequences may have been bad
but not as bad as both people killing themselves. Also when he ran
away after killing Tybalt this was very cowardly because he should of
stayed and faced the consequences.

Tybalt is a Capulet and 100% cowardice. He shows this in almost every
scene, he goes around the streets of Verona provoking people to fight
him whenever he likes. In act 3 Scene I Tybalt is trying to provoke
Romeo to fight him but Romeo refuses to brawl: “Boy, this shall not
excuse the injuries that thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw”.
Tybalt acts as a catalyst by causing violence wherever he goes. Tybalt
also has a very short temper which is a bad thing. The most coward
thing about Tybalt is when he was brawling with Mercutio; Romeo held
back Mercutio and during this Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo’s arm.
After this Tybalt runs away from it all. This happens in Act 3 Scene
I: “Tybalt under Romeo’s arm wounds Mercutio and hurries away”.
Another thing is that Tybalt calls Romeo a villain in Act 3 Scene I
when everyone knows Tybalt is the villain: “Romeo, the love I bare
thee can afford No better term than this: thou art a villain”. This is
my evidence to prove Tybalt is a pure coward.

The next person that I am reviewing is Mercutio who is a Montague;
Mercutio is a purely brave person. First of all he shows this in Act 3
Scene I. Benvolio states to Tybalt: “By my head, here comes the
Capulets”. Mercutio replies “By my hell, I care not”. This shows
Mercutio is brave because he will not runaway just because the
Capulet’s approach him. Also when Tybalt is showing off to his friends
telling Romeo to fight him, Romeo refuses so Mercutio steps up to
fight Tybalt this happens in Act 3 Scene I. Also in Act 3 Scene I when
Tybalt stabbed Mercutio none of the Montagues knew that Mercutio was
hurt and thought he was only joking. Whilst Mercutio was struggling
around wounded and cursing both the Montagues and the Capulets “A
plague a’ both your houses! They have made worms’ meat of me”. Another
good thing about Mercutio is that he was a born joker. To prove this
even when Tybalt wounded him he was still making jokes “Ask for me
tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man”. He means in this joke not
just grave for ‘dead’ but for ‘serious’ as well. That was my evidence
to prove Mercutio was a man of nothing but bravery.

Benvolio is a person that wants to keep peace. Benvolio is a very
diplomatic person who hates fights and fighting “I do but keep the
peace: put up thy sword, or manage it to part these men with me” this
happens in Act I Scene I, when the Montague and Capulet servants are
brawling.

Benvolio is a person of both Cowardice and Bravery. He was a coward in
this play because he never wanted to be wherever the Capulets where “I
pray thee good Mercutio, let’s retire. The day is hot, the capels are
abroad: and if we meet we shall not escape a brawl, for now, these hot
days, is the mad blood string” this occurs in Act 3 Scene I and shows
Benvolio is part coward. Benvolio is brave for he does not react when
the Capulets provoke him to fight. Benvolio is a diplomat therefore is
always there for Romeo when times are bad for Romeo and tries to feel
what Romeo is feeling so he can try to smooth things out for Romeo.
Benvolio is always there to calm Romeo down and talk sense into him.
Benvolio always breaks up fights.

“Here were the servants of your adversary and yours, close fighting
ere I did approach: I drew to part them; in the instant came the fiery
Tybalt, with his sword prepared, which, as he breathed defiance to my
ears, he swung about his head, and cut the winds, who, nothing hurt
withal, hissed him in scorn. While we were interchanging thrusts and
blows, came more and more, and fought on part and part, till the
prince came, who parted either part”.

This happens in Act I Scene I. This is the evidence showing Benvolio
being of both Cowardice and Bravery.

Overall some of the characters in the play are of cowardice and
bravery some are of pure bravery and some are of pure cowardice. Romeo
is of both cowardice and bravery the same as Benvolio. Tybalt is a
pure coward and Mercutio is a brave man. So my essay is balanced.

The play Romeo and Juliet was written in the Tudor time by the reign
of Queen Elizabeth the 1st. Elizabeth's life was troubled from the
moment she was born. Elizabeth’s father had changed the course of his
country's history in order to marry Anne Boleyn, hoping that she would
give him the strong and healthy son that Catherine of Aragon never
did. But, on September 7th, 1533 in Greenwich Palace, she gave birth
to Elizabeth instead. Elizabeth I was the only surviving child of King
Henry VIII by his second wife, Ann Boleyn.

Queen Elizabeth reined England and Ireland from September 7th, 1533
until 17th of November 1558, Queen Elizabeth the 1st’s death. Queen
Elizabeth died at a very young age at only 25 years. Elizabeth I was
the fifth and final monarch of the Tudor dynasty, having succeeded her
half-sister, Mary I. She reigned during a period of turmoil in English
history.

Elizabeth's reign is referred to as the Elizabeth era or the Golden
Age and was marked by increases in English power and influence
worldwide. Elizabeth I was sometimes referred as the Gloriana, Good
Queen Bess or the virgin Queen as she had never married.
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