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Romeo and Juliet - Commentary There are three characters in this extract The servant the Clown Benvolio and Romeo The servant plays only a minor role being merely a device to allow Romeo to meet Juliet Benvolios name in Latin may be translated loosely to I mean well this is a fitting moniker for one who always offers good advice to Romeo Romeo on the other hand is the impetuous head-strong young man whose character is displayed by his obstinacy over his proclaimed undying love for Rosaline until he meets Juliet obviously Scene 2 takes place on a Sunday afternoon Capulet and Paris have discussed what will become of Juliet but Capulet is still wary of Paris marrying Juliet quite the opposite to his wife They depart having entrusted the clown with the list of guests This leads us on to the servant asking for Romeos help in reading the list therefore alerting Romeo to the forthcoming party The passage is one that serves mainly to advance the plot and to construct a situation whereby Romeo ends up going to Capulets party The way in which Benvolio advises Romeo to compare Rosaline to any other girl at the party is very similar to the advice given by Capulet to Paris at the beginning of the scene This shows how much Benvolio actually cares for Romeo in direct contrast to there companion Mercutio who although he cares for Romeo doesnt quite have the same relationship with Romeo as Benvolio the latter acts more like a confidante and a protector for Romeo It is very interesting to note the tremendous odds against Romeo meeting Juliet He was the only person out of all the literates in Verona to be asked by the Capulets apparently dim-witted
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