English 1 H
4 April 2017
The Influences of Characters in Romeo and Juliet In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague are greatly influenced by other characters. Many of their important choices and actions are altered and changed due to the advice that they receive from the people around them. Throughout the play, many characters suggest ideas and opinions to Romeo and Juliet with good intentions, however, these suggestions ultimately cause significant problems. The decisions that Romeo makes throughout the play are influenced by Benvolio, who believes that his advice is beneficial to Romeo. After Romeo visits Rosaline, he seeks help from Benvolio. In…show more content…
/ Deny thy father and refuse thy name” (2.2.33-34). Next, before Benvolio and Romeo enter Lord Capulet’s party, Benvolio tells Romeo to “Compare her face with some that I shall show, / And I will make thee think thy swan a crow” (1.2.88-89). Benvolio tells Romeo that he will “think thy swan a crow”, showing that Benvolio wishes for Romeo to end his hopeless love for Rosaline. Although Benvolio gave his opinion in order to be beneficial for Romeo, both Juliet and Romeo are thrust into a significant problem. Benvolio’s suggestions and advice causes Romeo to see Juliet and fall in love with her. Due to the tension and grudges between their families, Romeo faces difficulties with his new love and desire. Overall, though Benvolio has good intentions for Romeo, his influence over Romeo causes many difficulties for him.
The guidance and suggestions of Lady Capulet affect and influence Juliet 's life negatively, although Lady Capulet believes that her ideas and actions are beneficial for Juliet. When Lady Capulet finds Juliet after Paris announces that he wishes to marry her, Lady Capulet says, “Well, think of marriage now; younger than you, / Here in Verona, ladies of esteem” (1.3.70-71). Lady Capulet, who thinks Juliet 's best course of action is to marry, tries to convince Juliet to marry. In addition, as Lady Capulet describes Paris, she says, “Read o’er the volume of young Paris’ face, / ...And see how one another lends content; / And what obscur’d in this