How Is Loyalty and Betrayal Part of Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet
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January 1, 2012

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare is a romantic tragedy that expresses true love as well as main elements such as loyalty and betrayal and this essay will discuss how they all are equal parts of the play. There is loyalty between friends and family, betrayal against Romeo and Juliet and there is true love, shown between the two star cross lovers Loyalty is a large section of this play, it is shown within the actions of the characters. Some very great act of loyalty are given to both Romeo and Juliet by their friends and family, for example; the friar shows loyalty by giving advice to the two teens, always staying wise, and only trying to stop the quarrel between the two houses and letting Romeo and Juliet be together, the friars motives are known to the audience by the line “for this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households rancour to pure love” this line allows the audience to know the friar to be a wise and loyal man, only thinking about what’s best for the houses as well as the lovers. Another example of true loyalty is by Mercutio to Romeo. Mercutio knows if Tybalt duels with Romeo, Romeo will most likely lose. So Mercutio protects him by insulting Tybalt by saying “O calm, dishonourable, vile submission” then goes on to say, with a now drawn sword “Tybalt you rat catcher, will you walk” which is a question of a duel. Mercutio doing this is a great act of loyalty toward Romeo. Mercutio’s death by Tybalt adds to his heroic services to Romeo. Romeo shows his act of loyalty back to Mercutio by getting revenge on his soul, he does this by beating Tybalt and overall killing him. The line “for Mercutio’s soul” tells the audience that he did do it to avenge his soul. The final example of loyalty portrayed in the text is by the nurse to Juliet. The nurse helps Juliet by giving her wise and loyal advice as well as helping her in her plan to marry Romeo by being their messenger....
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