Romeo And Juliet, By William Shakespeare

1158 words - 5 pages

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.
Benvolio and Mercutio are Romeo’s good friends. They have been with Romeo when he is at his best and worst. At the start of the play, Romeo is very depressed. He is devastated that the girl he loves, Rosaline, doesn’t love him back. The young men learn of a party, from an illiterate servant, Peter, that will be held by the Capulets. Benvolio and Romeo walk in just after Peter receives the guest list. It was destiny that the men found out about the party. Benvolio is trying to rescue Romeo from unrequited love by saying that at the party he’ll meet much greater girls than Rosaline:
Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so lovest,
With all the admired beauties of Verona.
Go thither; and, with unattainted eye,
Compare her face with some that I show,
And I make thee think thy swan a crow (Rom. 1.2.83-87)
Technically, Benvolio and Romeo are not invited, but they attend anyway. Benvolio and Mercutio pressure Romeo to attend in spite of his feelings of premonition. His friends eventually convince Romeo to attend this party. It is at the party that Romeo falls instantly in love with his “death mate”, Juliet.
Friar Laurence had the greatest influence on Romeo and Juliet. The day after they met, the Friar married the couple, without parental consent. In this time period, parental consent was expected; the groom must ask the bride’s father’s permission. The Friar hopes to end the feud between the Capulets and Montagues by ignoring this rule and marrying the couple anyway. His plan of marriage fails at ending the feud and forces the Friar to devise more sneaky plans to hide his mistake. The issue is further complicated when Juliet is to be married to Paris promptly. The Friar’s very complex plan ensured that Juliet could not be married to Paris and that she could be together with Romeo. Juliet is the take a sleeping potion that makes her appear dead for fourty-two house/ The most important part of the plan is that Romeo, who is in Mantua, be informed to go to the tomb as Juliet wakes up. Friar Laurence doesn’t contact Romeo himself, so therefore the plan didn’t work. The Friar always intended to end the feud, but everything he did created a larger problem. The Friar’s...

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