What Impression Does Shakespeare Give the Audience of the Relationship Between Men and Women Through the Dialogue Between Romeo and Benvolio in Act One Scene One?

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William Shakespeare’s infamous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is set in 15th century Verona; a town torn between the anger, violence, quarrel and rivalry of two prestigious families, the house of Montague and the house of Capulet. Despite this, the play is also able to tell the story of two star crossed lovers who find themselves caught between the strife. However this is not the only key relationship which Shakespeare shows us throughout the play; a view on the relationship between men and women can also be looked at during the dialogue between Romeo and his cousin in Act One Scene One.
Romeo’s initial love for Rosaline is a situation that leads to the audience being able to infer much about how Shakespeare wishes to portray the
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It is obvious to the audience that Shakespeare wishes to show Romeo as melancholy, troubled and ultimately heart-broken at his misfortune with Rosaline through the emotional language that he chooses for Romeo to say; rather than simply having Romeo admit to Benvolio about what has been troubling him, he dances around the dilemma and as he does so, uses some powerful language that expresses the confusion and suffering at the heart of him; he speaks of how “not having that, which, having, makes them {day} short.” , as well as the imagery that comes to mind with lines such as “…a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes.” This use of language ensures that we believe that Romeo is very much depressed.
However, it does begin to hint on ludicrous as the emotion that Shakespeare’s language portrays is almost certainly too powerful for the situation that it is being paired with. “Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!” are powerful oxymorons, that are intended to hit you right in the heart and stir the emotions inside you that the character was feeling, and they do; yet, the fact that Romeo has never even met Rosaline and does not know anything about her makes the situation rather unrealistic as he is being so

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