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In Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, we meet several young noblemen, each with very different and unique characteristics.

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Romeo & Juliet (Essay) In Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, we meet several young noblemen, each with very different and unique characteristics. For example, we could find one benevolent and calm character and at the same time find an opposing turbulent and malicious character. Therefore, by comparing the actions and characteristics of some of these characters, we can learn more about a specific character's personality. Through their contrast to Romeo, the characters Benvolio, Mercutio, Paris and Tybalt serve to highlight his uniqueness. First of all, Benvolio, Mercutio and Paris all have attitudes towards love which differ significantly to Romeo's attitude. Benvolio, in my opinion, doesn't really believe in love and does not take it as seriously as Romeo does. This is revealed when Romeo tells Benvolio about his unrequited love towards Rosaline and all Benvolio does is urge him to find some other woman to love, "Find a ...read more.

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In contrast, Romeo doesn't think of sexual intercourse as much as Mercutio; his words make us detect that he is a true lover, "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!" and "Did my heart love till now?". Finally, Paris is a conventional suitor who follows the typical way of marriage during the Elizabethan times (he proposes to the parents before getting to know the girl) whereas Romeo talks to and loves the girl he gets married to. In addition, Paris doesn't speak of the stars and love as Romeo does since he says lines like, "Happily met, my lady and my wife" and "I am sure, that you love me". Secondly, Mercutio is a realistic person who doesn't base his future on dreams while Romeo is imaginative and believes in dreams. ...read more.

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I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee". However, the first time we hear Romeo talk about the feud between the Capulets and Montagues he just says, "O me! What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all". From his tone, we can sense that he is a peaceful character. Moreover, when Tybalt challenges Romeo to fight and insults him, as shown in the lines, "thou art a villain" and "therefore turn and draw" Romeo tries to placate him, "I do protest I never injured thee but love thee better than thou canst devise", but Tybalt refuses to leave without fighting. In conclusion, I think that if we compare the characters Benvolio, Mercutio, Paris or Tybalt to Romeo, Romeo would stand out the most since he is a very unique character with inimitable personality traits. Ayla Deiri 20/10/03 ...read more.

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