Focus Statement Essay: Romeo & Juliet
In the Shakespearean play, Romeo & Juliet, aggression is represented in different ways by the different characters in the play. Tybalt, Romeo, Benvolio, and the others all have their own way of dealing with hate and anger. Some do nothing but hate while others can't stand to see even the smallest of quarrels take place.
Tybalt is one the few characters, if not the only, that hates through the whole play.
The line "What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward!" (Shakespeare, page 12) creates a mental picture of Tybalt as a very hateful person. He lets his hate and aggression overpower his common sense, as shown in this line from the Capulet's Party scene:
"This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy. What dares the slave come hither, cover'd with an antic face, To fleer and scorn at our solemnity? Now, by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin." (Shakespeare, page 54).
Benvolio, in contrast to Tybalt, is a more peaceful person who can manage his angers and hate. He, I believe, is meant to be seen as some sort of mediator: "I pray the, good Mercutio, let's retire. The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, And, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl, For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring." (Shakespeare, page 116).
Mercutio is a confusing character. He rarely seems to hate anybody yet he is almost always "Hot-headed;" getting into fights and losing his patience towards others.
"Consort! What, dost thou make us minstrels? An thou make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords. Here's my fiddlestick; here's that shall make you dance. Zounds, consort!" (Shakespeare, page 120).
One other confusing character, in my opinion, is Friar Laurence. At the point when he first appears he appears to be one very peaceful... [continues]
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