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Explore the attitudes of each of the four young men involved-Romeo, Mercutio, Tybalt and Benvolio. You should refer closely to the words and actions of each character.

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Romeo & Juliet GCSE Shakespeare coursework Explore the attitudes of each of the four young men involved-Romeo, Mercutio, Tybalt and Benvolio. You should refer closely to the words and actions of each character. In beautiful Verona there are two families the Capulets and Montagues feuding over an ancient conflict, the Capulets and Montagues. In act III scene 1 the latest outbreak of violence is due to the Capulets out looking for trouble. The Montagues seem worried then they fear that maybe the Capulets are angry that they sneaked into the Capulets party, but it seems that is not the reason. Mercutio stirs trouble with Tybalt, but Tybalt does not really want to hurt Mercutio, as he knows he� s not very serious, and Mercutio is not a Montague, but Tybalt however wants a word with Mercutio� s good friend, Romeo. Shakespeare chose to set the play in Verona as it is known as a peaceful and beautiful place, but there's none of that as the Capulets and the Montagues are constantly feuding and duelling thus being very ironic. This play was taken from a poem by Arthur Brooke written in 1562 called "The tragical History of Romeus and Juliet" The play is a romantic tragedy and the main characters are star crossed lovers. ...read more.

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Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon" This is an excellent example of Shakespeare's genius to write lyrical poetry. When Tybalt asks duel he declines his request, however they soon begin. Mercutio also gets involved and then is murdered. As he passes away, Romeo uses a sense of irony in his words when he says "This days black fate on mo days doth depend". He is telling us in the back of his mind he knew that something would go wrong. Romeo is very emotional. Tybalt re-enters and both he and Romeo continue until Tybalt is murdered Mercutio: This is another characternym derived from roman God Mercury. Mercury was a messenger from God; he is swift of foot. He is also very volatile which means he is quickly changeable. The audience feel very confused as Mercutio dies because they and the characters think that he is joking saying that his wound is nothing but a scratch, I think this is a way of teaching the two families a lesson for fighting. As Mercutio is dying, he puts the lame upon Romeo, and asks why he came into the fight between him and Tybalt. Mercutio is killed off by Shakespeare because he may be overshadowing Romeo and he should be back in the centre of attention. ...read more.

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"I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: the day is hot, the capels are abroad, and if we meet we shall not scape brawl" Benvolio is a close friend of Romeo's and he responds to his problems with Rosaline with sympathy but he is also practical - "Forget to think of her by giving liberty unto thine eyes." Here Benvolio is saying that Romeo should forget about Rosaline and look at other pretty girls, which is the advice Romeo takes. In Act III scene 1 Benvolio witnesses the duel between Romeo and Tybalt, he urges caution being very sensible, and the fight is won and lost. The Prince asks Benvolio exactly what happens, so he does. "Tybalt here slain, whom Romeo's hand did slay. Romeo, that spoke him fair, bade him bethink..." In other words Romeo tried to avoid a fight by speaking calmly to Tybalt. He would not listen and fought with Mercutio. As Romeo tried to stop them, Tybalt killed Mercutio and fled. He came back and Romeo turned on him and killed him. This proves Benvolio is very truthful. This scene is very dramatic as the play changes from one genre to another; it is also the middle of the play. The scene is very brutal and the most important. It has the most active in the play as Mercutio and Tybalt die, and Romeo is banished. ?? ?? ?? ?? spidycrew(c) ...read more.

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