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Romeo and Juliet English Coursework Essay Examine the part played by Romeo in Act One, showing how Shakespeare reveals his attitude to love. In the play we do not meet Romeo until after the fight in the street between the Montague's and the Capulet's, Shakespeare shows the audience the feud between the two families before he introduces the main character, Romeo. The first impressions we get of Romeo are that he is a loner and prefers to be on his own, rather then spending time with other people. Shakespeare shows this by making him seem solitary and distant, he also uses darkness to portray Romeos feelings, he does this when Montague describes Romeos actions "Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out and makes himself an artificial night". Montague talks to Benvolio about Romeos troubles and describes his condition as an illness, Shakespeare shows this when Montague says "as willingly give the cure as known" this shows that Montague describes Romeo as being ill as he refers to a "cure" being able to help him. When Benvolio promises Montague to "know his grievance" the audience meets Romeo for the first time already with an idea about his character, that he is a loner and is depressed. ...read more.


help him, he also tries to instruct him to "examine other beauties" he says this to try an make Romeo fall in love with another person who may return his love. Romeo rejects these ideas this shows that he likes the idea of being in love and does not want to give it up. Benvolio tries to teach Romeo to forget about Rosaline by using a several proverbs "one fire burns out another's burning" this means that he will forget all about Rosaline if he finds some one else to love. For this Romeo ridicules Benvolio by telling him simple cures for a simple wound. Romeo then goes on to describe the torment of unrequited love "shut up in prison, kept without food and whipped" this shows how Romeos unrequited love is making him feel, the pain that Romeo describes seems to have been exaggerated which shows that Romeo is obsessed by his own suffering. During their conversation one of the Capulet's servants asks them to read out a party invitation as he cannot read. Romeo only goes to the party from heavy persuasion by Benvolio and the thought of seeing Rosaline. ...read more.


My lips, two blushing pilgrims" this shows the true love that the two feel for each other. At the end of the sonnet Romeo kisses Juliet, but before they kiss again Juliet's maid takes her away to Lady Capulet (Juliet's mother), when this happens both Romeo and Juliet realize that their families are enemies. Romeo then states that "my life is my foes debt" this shows that his life is now in Juliet's hands and is out of his control, this again shows that Romeo is truly in love with Juliet as he is going to wait and let Juliet control him. In conclusion Shakespeare reveals Romeos attitude to love in many different ways he shows that he is ruled by his emotions and is not rational when it comes to love. He also shows that Romeo is fickle in love; he also seems to like the idea of being in love and enjoys the suffering he feels from unrequited love. He shows that Romeos love is unpredictable as he forgets about Rosaline all too quickly; this shows that Romeo may be genuinely falling in love for the first time. I think Shakespeare has portrayed Romeos character well as he shows a number of different emotions and uses different techniques portray his ideas of the character Romeo. ...read more.

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