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In the opening scenes, how does Shakespeare prepare the audience for the development of the relationship between Romeo and other characters?

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Introduction

In the opening scenes, how does Shakespeare prepare the audience for the development of the relationship between Romeo and other characters? In the opening scenes, Shakespeare prepares the audience for the development of the relationship between Romeo and other characters by plunging into the action straight away from the beginning of the play. He introduces characters by their actions. This helps the audience to understand what is happening and why. It creates the picture of the characters in their mind from the start. Romeo is a person who rushes into things without thinking. He is a kind-hearted good man so he has got nice friends that care for him. He is generous to them. Benvolio and Mercutio are his best friends. Later in the play he meets Juliet and falls in love with her when he first sees her. Mercutio is the most likeable character in the play. He is young and lively, he is always talking and joking. His character is very changeable which means friendship with him is unreliable. Benvolio is very calm and peaceful. Hi name literally means "I want the good". ...read more.

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Romeo is seen to be impulsive in act 2 scene 1. When he sees Juliet, he falls in love with her immediately. He charms Juliet, during their first kiss. The use of images pertaining to religion and how he equates himself with a pilgrim bowls Juliet over. Romeo compares Juliet to "a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear" when he first sees her. He can be seen as a young and impulsive young man, who thinks a lot with his heart. This though proves itself very admirable in his romanticism. Benvolio is very peaceful. In the beginning of the play he tries to stop the fight between servants of the two feuding families. The Tybalt comes along and tries to start a fight but Benvolio refuses. "Benvolio: I do but keep the peace. Put up thy swords, or manage it to part these men with me." Tybalt: "What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee coward!" Benvolio can be seen here as a peace keeper. He tries not to get into a fight but to resolve it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo dismisses Mercutio as, "A gentleman, that loves to hear himself talk and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month." Romeo does not heed the warnings of his good friend. Love has already overcome him and controls all of his thoughts and actions. This love prevents Mercutio from saving Romeo and keeping peace between the families. Romeo meets Juliet in the beginning of Act 2. Juliet's relationship with Romeo is far different than any other she has ever had. When Juliet sees Romeo at the Capulet's party, she instantly falls in love with him. Within a matter of hours, Romeo becomes the single most important person in her life. She decides that she wants to marry Romeo, but she knows that he is a Montague, and Montagues are hated among the Capulets. She knows that a relationship between a Montague and a Capulet could never realistically work out. Therefore, thinking with her heart, not her mind, she decides to meet Romeo at Friar Laurence's cell, and subsequently marries Romeo. Juliet is completely devoted to Romeo the entire play in many ways. First, she says that if did not lose his name as a Montague, than she would give up her own. ...read more.

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