Theme Of Social Beast In Romeo And Juliet

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In the play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare makes some characters act like social beasts. A social beast is a person who is not civilized and could do things that civilized people do not do. William Shakespeare shows this type of behavior usually in Romeo and his cousin, Benvolio; in his friend, Mercutio; as well as Juliet’s parents, and her cousin, Tybalt. William Shakespeare made the characters civilized for some parts of the play, but for the most part, they were social beasts.
In Act I, Scene iv, Benvolio, Romeo, and Mercutio are wearing masks and are on their way to the Capulet’s party even though they are well aware that they were not invited. Benvolio and Mercutio notice Romeo
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And, to sink it in, should you burden love--/Too great oppression for a tender thing.
ROMEO. Is love a tender thing? It is too rough,/Too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.
MERCUTIO. If love be rough with you, be love with love;/Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down. (I.iv.23-28).
Benvolio and Mercutio change Romeo’s mind about love and convince him that love is a bad thing that will end up hurting him. It is not until he meets Juliet at the Capulet’s party during Act I, Scene i, that he falls in love with her. Benvolio and Mercutio are social beasts because they have never been in love, yet they give Romeo negative advice about love. Benvolio and Mercutio isolate themselves from love, which is why they are scared of love. Romeo is a social beast because he immediately forgets about Rosaline once he sees Juliet. At Capulet’s party, Romeo and Juliet had only talked for a few minutes, but they already kissed. A civilized person would not act this way, but Romeo did because Shakespeare wanted Romeo to be a social
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Juliet tells Romeo that she feels the same way, but she is a social beast because she asks to marry him. Romeo is a social beast because he agrees to getting married. Juliet’s parents want her to marry París, but Juliet rebels and marries Romeo without her parents knowing. Romeo asks Friar Laurence if he can marry them, and Friar Laurence notices that Romeo asked to marry Juliet too soon. Friar Laurence notices the social beastlike behavior in Romeo, but he agrees to marry them although their parents did not

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