Timeline for Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Mercutio, the witty skeptic, is a foil for Romeo, the young Petrarchan lover. Romeo + Juliet · Study Help · Quiz · Top 7 Quotes Explained · Film Versions · Full Glossary Mercutio remains unaware of Romeo's love and subsequent marriage to Juliet. Like Tybalt, Mercutio has a strong sense of honor and can't understand. Why should you care about what Benvolio Montague says in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? Don't worry, we're here to tell you. [ TYBALT under ROMEO's arm stabs MERCUTIO, and flies with his followers ] . with you; pretending to take man in the sense of 'servant,' as two lines below. . near ally, near relation; in the dramatis personae he is described as a.
Romeo even runs from his friends.
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act 3 - Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo kills Tybalt
Benvolio describes the incident to Lord Montague. He explains that he saw Romeo at dawn, but Romeo stole away into the woods and deliberately avoided Benvolio. Benvolio allowed him go, but he tells Lord Montague: Madam, an hour before the worshipp'd sun Peer'd forth the golden window of the east, A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad; Where, underneath the grove of sycamore That westward rooteth from the city's side, So early walking did I see your son: Towards him I made, but he was ware of me And stole into the covert of the wood: I, measuring his affections by my own, That most are busied when they're most alone, Pursued my humour not pursuing his, And gladly shunn'd who gladly fled from me.
Benvolio volunteers to try to find the cause of Romeo's mood. My noble uncle, do you know the cause? I neither know it nor can learn of him. I would thou wert so happy by thy stay, To hear true shrift.
Come, madam, let's away.
Benvolio is loyal to Romeo, but he is also loyal to the Montague family. He wants to help Romeo's parents.
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Some people interpret this as Benvolio spying on Romeo on behalf of the parents of the Montague family. In most cases, though, this action of Benvolio's is seen to demonstrate his positive motivations and good character. Be ruled by me, forget to think of her. By giving liberty unto thine eyes; examine other beauties.
To review, remember that at the beginning of the play, Romeo is in love with a girl named Rosaline. Rosaline has rejected Romeo because she plans to enter a convent. Rosaline will not marry any man.
Romeo is heartbroken by this, and has spent all of the early morning hours alone and wandering around town. This is important advice, because it leads to Romeo meeting Juliet at the Capulet feast. When Benvolio finds him, Romeo is still very sad. Benvolio urges Romeo to forget about Rosaline and turn his mind toward other ladies: Rosaline will be in attendance at that party. The Montagues will not be welcome at the feast, but the family rivalry does not faze him.
Benvolio insists that when Romeo sees Rosaline in comparison with other women, she will not seem so beautiful after all. He says to Romeo that "I will make thee think thy swan a crow.
At this same ancient feast of Capulet's 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 shall show, And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.
Benvolio Has Good Intentions From the beginning, Benvolio's advice is aimed toward helping Romeo regain his emotional balance. Unfortunately, that advice has unintended consequences.
Put up your swords; you know not what you do. Throughout the play, Benvolio's motivation seems to be only for the good of all. His personality seems benevolent, kind, and motivated toward making peaceful resolutions of problems. Benvolio's Is Diplomatic Benvolio is a peacemaker.
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He tries valiantly to break up a fight between the Montagues and Capulets. In the first scene of the play, the servants of both houses have begun a near-riot, and are fighitng violently ins the streets of Verona.
Benvolio attempts to reason with the brawlers, by saying: He is not successful in getting the fight to stop, but he tries to ease the conflict as best he can. Benvolio uses as much diplomacy as possible int he situation. He lays out the action step by step and explains to Lord Montague that Tybalt a Capulet exacerbated the violence, and would not listen to Benvolio's plea for peace. Here were the servants of your adversary, And yours, close fighting ere I did approach: I drew to part them: While we were interchanging thrusts and blows, Came more and more and fought on part and part, Till the prince came, who parted either part.
In this speech, Benvolio gives an accurate description and seeks to shed light on the situation so that Lord Montague can understand it. The stage direction in the margin, Draws, is not found in the old copies, but was first inserted by Capell, and is perhaps not necessary. For carries it away, cp.
See note on ii. The word is not found elsewhere in this sense, and it has been conjectured that the final -er is a printer's addition, or a mistake for pilch, sir; so Dekker, Satiromastix, "how thou amblest in leather pilch by a play-waggon": I am for you, I am ready to meet you. Stage Direction, under Romeo's arm, i. Romeo having rushed between them to part them. Tybalt aims a blow at Mercutio, the sword passing under Romeo's arm.
I am sped, I am done for, my business is settled: The original sense of 'speed' is 'success,' then 'a hasty issue. In Italy, as in all hot climates, the funeral follows closely upon death: I have it, I am done for; like the Lat. On Merciitio's death Hallam remarks, "It seems to have been necessary to keep down the other characters that they might not overpower the principal one; and though we can by no means agree with Dryden, that if Shakespeare had not killed Mercutio, Mercutio would have killed him, there might have been some danger of his killing Romeo.
His brilliant vivacity shows the softness of the other a little to a disadvantage. My very friend, my true, close, friend. His slanderous accusation in 1. Though here the result is that of softening, there is in my temper probably an allusion to the tempering of steel, i.