"Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare: Some basic answers to some questions

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1.) In the beginning of the story Romeo does not seem true to his heart. He says he is in love with Rosaline and will never forget about her. Later in the story the Friar asks Romeo how Rosaline is doing and this is how he responds, "With Rosaline, my ghostly father? no; I have forgot that name, and that name's woe." (Romeo and Juliet. II. iii. 46-47) Romeo may not even stay true to Juliet because he might find someone better. He seems also very shallow, because he forgot about Rosaline the moment he saw Juliet. If Romeo meets another girl prettier then Juliet he might leave Juliet for the other girl. Romeo however, maybe be able to redeem himself by being true to Juliet.

2.) Friar Laurence is one of the more key characters in the play. Many and most of the key things that happened in this play have been influenced or thought of by the Friar.

He tells everyone, " Romeo, there dead, was husband to that Juliet" (Romeo and Juliet. V. iii. 251) which was caused by him. The friar controlled what happened to everyone in the play. Also he is the cause for all of the problems and deaths. Even though he is not directly connected to Paris dieing because of Romeo, but he is still responsible for that. Almost everything that went on in the play was because of the Friar. He confesses to everyone at the end of the play. The play might have been less dramatic had the Friar not done what he did.

3.)The reason Mercutio is know as one of Shakespeare's masterpieces is because he is so much different from every other character ever created by Shakespeare. Mercutio is out of the normal compared to the...