Why does Shakespeare have both Mercutio and Friar Laurence speak so frequently of Rosaline?
It's clear that Romeo has been deeply in love with Rosaline for a long time. Shakespeare may want to show Romeo to be an impulsive and passionate person, and may want to use the sudden change in his emotions to foreshadow the danger that his love for Juliet could bring him.
Describe the relationship among Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio.
The three men are close friends. They are very familiar with each other's lives and loves, and seem to enjoy teasing each other, often making sexual jokes at each other's expense. Benvolio is the most levelheaded of the group,...
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