Romeo's Friend Benvolio

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A tragic love story of two star cross lovers which reveal many aspects of love. The impetuous Romeo certainly demonstrates different responses as love develops.In the opening scenes, Romeo’s mother, Lady Montague, asks Benvolio, Romeo’s friend if he knows his where abouts. Dramatically the audience learns of Romeo’s ‘troubled mind’. From this you can see Romeo is love sick and depressed. (I i 11) ‘Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out and makes himself an artificial night.

’ His sadness, tears orgmenting and deep sighs. You can see this when Romeo enters the scene. Benvolio is asked by Lady Montague and Montague why Romeo is so depressed and the reason for his mood.Romeo is in love with a lady called Rosaline but is out of favor with her. Romeo has never been in love before and hasn’t experienced the emotion in which he is feeling. Romeo is enjoying being in love, never before has he felt this way about anyone.

The language reflects Romeo’s confusion and is obvious from the metaphors that Romeo’s view of love is imaginary and not real. How would he know if this feeling he got was love, he hasn’t had any feelings for anyone else! Later during the scene, Romeo is still wallowing in unrequited love. Rosaline does not love Romeo back and Benvolio suggests to Romeo that there are plenty of beauties out there. Romeo does not want to hear this at all.Romeo’s friends persuade him to go to the Capulet’s party.

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They gathered that Romeo might find someone fairer than Rosaline. Romeo agreed to go the party because of the fact he read that Rosaline would be attending the party.The convention of the ball was ‘Masks’ and this would allow easy entry for Romeo and his friends into their enemy’s house.

Romeo sets out to find Rosaline but immediately falls in love at first sight, with Juliet. ‘Oh she doth teach the torches to shine bright’ (I 5 45). Romeo uses religious imagery which is symbolic that love is deeper, and suggests the idea of meeting with great passion. It is written as a sonnet which makes the event much more important. This is a form of poetry which reflects the language, especially love poetry in Shakespeare’s time.Juliet feels the same way for Romeo as he does for her, and they both realize they have fallen in love with the enemy. Romeo’s love for Juliet means him risking his safety to be with his love.

Romeo is prepared to risk everything, even his family name for Juliet’s sake. The marriage must remain a secret and Friar Lawrence agrees to help the young lovers. Romeo must make practical arrangements with the nurse for the wedding night…After the success of the secret marriage, Romeo’s attitude towards his enemies, the Capulet’s changes. Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel and Romeo refuses. Mercutio especially and Romeo’s other friends are angered and insulted with his refusal to fight. Tragedy occurs when Romeo tries to prevent Mercutio and Tybalt fighting. For a moment in time, Romeo’s friendship for Mercutio overcomes his love for Juliet and his marriage, guilt and sorrow at his friend death vanishes his intensions to be loving towards his in laws, killers of his friend.

In revenge Romeo kills Tybalt and is vanished.Romeo is distraught in what he has done; Juliet is his love, his soul mate, being without such love, unimaginable. This will destroy her. Friar Lawrence tries to comfort Romeo, but Romeo ignores his attempt to stop him weeping and tries to stab himself. The friar tells Romeo to be a man and to comfort his love, his wife.The nurse brought a ring from Juliet to Romeo which makes him realize that this tragedy has not destroyed what they have- each other and their love for one another. To send a ring in Shakespeare’s time was a token of love. Some people might do that today, where others use it as a sign of friendship. Romeo would not physically do anything to hurt Juliet and cares more about Juliet than his own sorrow.

The poetry of the lovers wedding night reflects the emotion of their love.That night, Romeo has a dream that ‘his lady found him dead’. This is a sense of dramatic irony (5 1 6).Back with the nurse at Juliet’s house, she has been proposed to by a rich young man, and is to marry him this coming Thursday. Juliet panics and doesn’t know what to do. She tries to send a message to Romeo to tell him of ‘her death’, but it fails to get there. Juliet has everything planned, she is willing to give up everything, her life, well nearly, to be with Romeo and so she swallows the poison.Balfazar hears of Juliet’s death and at once tells Romeo, but Balfazar does not know that Juliet will wake from her long sleep, to make a new start with Romeo.Romeo cannot live alone; his word also suggests his eternal quality of his love and defies even the stars to join his lady in death. Here once again, Romeo is willing to give up his life as he can not bare not to be with his love, Juliet. Love is consuming as Romeo found out.

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