After Romeo meets his supposed destined lover, Juliet, he returns to talk to his friends Mercutio and Benvolio after planning his marriage. Mercutio notices and points out Romeo’s new, content behavior in contrast to his old, joyless attitude: “Why is not this better than groaning for love? Now art thou sociable, now art thou Romeo, now art thou what thou art - by art as well as by nature” (2.4.90-93). Although Mercutio believes Romeo’s change in etiquette is caused by the absence of love, it is in fact the presence of it. Mercutio observes that something has made Romeo much happier, and it is indeed Romeo’s previous encounters with Juliet that have created this effect of increased contentment.
In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the children of two rival houses fall in love but were destined to die tragically from the beginning they met. The events causing the death of the star crossed lovers could be traced to Romeo’s best friend Mercutio. Mercutio is the one and only best friend to Romeo. He is very hot tempered, comical, and seems to view life in an unserious manner. He actively teases Romeo about his love life and is the person to stir trouble.
His beloved Rosaline, which he could not make absent in his mind, has suddenly vanished from existence the moment Romeo gets a glimpse of the pretty face of Juliet. Romeo forgets about Rosaline when he sees Juliet, as he states “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, for I ne’er saw true beauty till this night”(184.108.40.206). Romeo notices how his love for Rosaline was not true, yet he still chooses to “love” someone new immediately, although this is just the same as his previous “love.” His judgement of the love he feels is based merely on beauty, although this is physical attraction, which heh does not understand. Romeo and Juliet are young and have not
All things considered, Mercutio’s death had many different reasons and people to blame for. If Benvolio and he hadn’t pushed Romeo in to so much, if Romeo hadn’t fallen in love with Juliet, or if Mercutio would have listened to Benvolio, then maybe the brazen teenager would have lived. The conclusion is, that Mercutio’s death was tragic, but did help the story flow and build up into one of the most tragic love story’s in
Essentially what is going on during this time is that Mercutio and Benvolio are forcing Romeo to go to a party so he can invest his time in a new girl instead of moping about Rosaline, who is the girl Romeo loved before. If they had never urged Romeo to go to the party, he most likely wouldn 't have gone to the party, and had never met Juliet, thus stopping the unfortunate events that were to happen next. Another example would be the event where Mercutio gets killed by Tybalt. Since Romeo’s best friend dies, he gets extremely angered, causing him to kill Tybalt. This event could have been easily avoided by Mercutio choosing his actions differently and wisely to avoid getting killed by Tybalt, or he could have calmed down instead of engaging in violence.
When Romeo is still in love with Rosaline he describes their relationship using several contradictory adjectives: “Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health” (1.1.173). These oxymorons reveal that Romeo is confused and has conflict when trying to comprehend his affection for Rosaline. Although Romeo is vulnerable, Shakespeare also uses juxtaposition to show that he is always fixated on Juliet’s light and beauty. Romeo describes Juliet as a “snowy dove trooping with crows” when he is at the party in the Capulet’s house (1.5.46). When Romeo first sees Juliet, he judges her based off of her appearance, this shows that he is quick to jump to conclusions and is immature.
2. Mercutio's advice to Romeo is: "If love be rough with you, be rough with love." How does his attitude towards love seem to differ from Romeo's? Mercutio’s attitude towards love seen to differ from Romeos because his attitude is the same towards everything; simple and sometimes meaningless and is incapable of loving
Friar Lawrence realizes this and tries to get Romeo to slow down at first by saying, “Young men’s love lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes” (2.2.71-71). Romeo saw how beautiful Juliet was and immediately knew he had to have her. It was not love controlling him at first, but lust. As soon as Romeo realized that Juliet was a Capulet, he wanted her even more. Romeo was purely being driven by greed.
Benvolio speaks of how Romeo will find a new love and his love for Rosaline will die. By saying this Benvolio foreshadows the death of Romeo’s love for Rosaline, and the spark of fiery love for Juliet as he enters the Capulet household. Secondly Romeo foreshadowing the rest of the play proclaiming of a dream dictating a fateful chain of events that end in his demise. All this coming to fruition after finding his “dead”