Emma Torrance analyses the characters of Benvolio, Mercutio and Tybalt within Act 3, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet – a key scene in which a fight breaks out between the Capulets and Montagues. Before Romeo’s arrival, Shakespeare presents us with a potentially explosive clash. Because of this rational behavior, people, even the Prince, tend to trust Benvolio's word. He is the one who explains what happened in both the fight at the. While it is clear that Romeo is very close with his cousin Benvolio who is also his friend, as well as his friend Mercutio, it's also very evident that Romeo and his.
Change the word choice and it could be taken from a conversation heard in any high school hallway. They seem as confused by his behaviour as many parents today are confused by their sullen teens who lock themselves in their room. Capulet initially seems protective of his daughter, but later his true nature comes out. Juliet was not raised by her mother but by the Nurse. He runs to the Friar. Both sets of parents, real and surrogate, fail to be good parents.
Lord and Lady Capulet would see Juliet disowned before disobedient. What message does this convey about whether or not the teens should trust adults? Are the adults in your life trustworthy? Are they looking out for your best interests? Compare your relationships with adults to those of Romeo and Juliet.
What do you share with the adults in your life? What do you keep secret?
Relationships in Romeo and Juliet
Is there an adult in your life that you consider a friend? What do you think it means to be an adult? In groups, discuss the idea of the good parent.
Should we cut the parents in Romeo and Juliet some slack because they were only behaving as parents would in that time period? Are we thinking too much in 21st Century terms?
Or should a good parent always put their children first? Why does the Nurse decide to tell Juliet to forget Romeo? We learn at the end of the play that she killed herself from grief at his banishment, but we have no text between them.
Relationships in Romeo and Juliet
Reflect on Youth vs Age in the play. What do they do to try and get the son to come out? Are they clueless in how to talk to a teenager? Mistress minion, for example.
Would you like to have your father say those words to you? Choose a couple of terms and create tableaux to visualize them. What impact do the words have visually? What does she really want to say to her father? In groups, read and examine Act IV, scene v.
What are they going through in this scene? Juliet, Act I, scene v Romeo and Juliet is based on the nature of friends and enemies.
A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gatecrashing a Capulet party. The message fails to reach Romeo, and believing Juliet dead, he takes his life in her tomb.
The grieving family agree to end their feud. On a hot summer's day, the young men of each faction fight until the Prince of Verona intercedes and threatens to banish them. Soon after, the head of the Capulet family plans a feast. His goal is to introduce his daughter Juliet to a Count named Paris who seeks to marry Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet
Montague's son Romeo and his friends Benvolio and Mercutio hear of the party and resolve to go in disguise. Romeo hopes to see his beloved Rosaline at the party. Instead, while there, he meets Juliet and falls instantly in love with her.
Juliet's cousin Tybalt recognises the Montague boys and forces them to leave just as Romeo and Juliet discover one another. The pair declare their love for one another and intend to marry the next day. With the help of Juliet's Nurse, the lovers arrange to marry when Juliet goes for confession at the cell of Friar Laurence.
There, they are secretly married talk about a short engagement. Romeo refuses to fight, which angers his friend Mercutio who then fights with Tybalt.