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Basing your evidence on I.V and II.ii do you consider Romeo to be a sympathetic character?

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English/ Literature Coursework Yu Ka Ying (Tamari) Response to reading: English Literacy Heritage 1st December, 2003 Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet Basing your evidence on I.V and II.ii do you consider Romeo to be a sympathetic character? Romeo Montague is the main male character in "Romeo and Juliet". We can see his importance in the title of the play; he is named in the title of the play. In act I scene V, the Capulet Ball Scene, he gate crashes his great enemy Capulet Ball to see the girl he loves. In the Capulet Ball, he wears mask and stands aside. He does not dance. This scene marks the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo is attracted by Juliet's beauty and falls in love with her without knowing who she is. Their first speech is a sonnet. At the end of the scene, he realises that he has fallen in love with his enemy. By act II Scene II, the Balcony Scene, after the party, he leaves his friends and finds Juliet at the back of the house. Romeo woos her at the balcony and declares his love. By the end of this scene, he decides to arrange to marry Juliet. Although he is a romantic character who wins the heart of the girl he loves, Romeo's character is often unsympathetic in the two mentioned scenes. ...read more.

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But then Juliet tells him not to do so, then he says, 'What shall I swear by?' He does not listen to Juliet's words. He just thinks of "swear" but not declare his love by practical action. Other than Romeo's unsympathetic qualities, we can also find his sympathetic qualities in these two scenes. Romeo is a very romantic character. This can be seen in both of the scene. In the Capulet Ball Scene, Romeo uses lovely words when speaking to Juliet. He says, 'If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this, My lips two blushing pilgrims ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.' to ask for a kiss from Juliet in a romantic expression. These words describe Juliet as pure. From "holy shrine", he describes her as being like an angel. She is bright but Romeo himself is only an ordinary men, he has general sins. He is bold but if Juliet kisses him, his sins can be taken away. Juliet can bless him. He is praising Juliet's beauty and purity. In the Balcony Scene, Juliet warns him and he responds romantically. He says,' My life were better ended by their hate, Than death prorogued wanting of thy love.' to declare his love to Juliet. ...read more.

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He says he will follow Juliet wherever she is, he will travel there to be with her. The word "merchandise" symbolizes the relationship between both of them. This word indicates that he desires, treasures and values this relationship. By the end of the scene, Juliet tells him she wants to control him. Romeo says, 'I would I were thy bird.' He says he is willing to be in her control. He is willing to lose his freedom, to be possessed by her. In conclusion, I think Romeo is a sympathetic character. Although he is immature, impulsive and self'-centred, I think this is acceptable as everyone has their defects. However, love at first sight is unbelievable. He changes to love Juliet immediately. I cannot believe he loves Juliet but he is affectionate towards Juliet. He can give up his identity of Montague. He can sacrifice his freedom to be a possession of Juliet and to be with her. He puts Juliet in first position. He is a bit selfish that does not think of Juliet but this is due to he has been hurt by love before. He is love-thirsty, so that there is no doubt at all. If we say Romeo is impractical, it is better to say he is romantic. Romeo's true love to Juliet deeply touches audiences and moves their hearts as it did Juliet's. Therefore for audiences, Romeo is a character of romance, affection, attraction and sympathy. 2 ...read more.

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