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How does Shakespeare present the character of Romeo at the start of the play?

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How does Shakespeare present the character of Romeo at the start of the play? At the start of the play, Romeo is presented to the audience as being lovesick. He is in love with a girl, who, in return, does not love him. It is explained by Montague that he has been seen by sycamore grove (sycamore meaning lovesick) early in the morning. " With tears augmenting the fresh morning dew." This suggests that Romeo has been upset, adding tears to the morning's dew. Romeo would then, as soon as the sun was beginning to rise, goes back to his bedroom and shuts out all the light so he can be alone. He is first seen moping around sycamore, when he is talking to his cousin, Benvolio. Romeo opens up and explains to Benvolio why hew has been acting in the way he has recently. "Out of her favour where I am in love." ...read more.

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As he is saying this, a servant of Capulet comes along with an invitation to all people who are not Montague's, to a party at the Capulet mansion, the servant does not realise that they are Montague's. Benvolio decides that they should go along to this party so Romeo can see other women. Romeo wants to go because on reading the list he sees that Rosaline will be going, he wants to see Rosaline again so he decides to go. As soon as Romeo sets his eyes on Juliet, his attitude changes from being depressed and lonely to being yet again in love, this time with Juliet. After the party Romeo hides form the other people he went to the party with in some bushes, and goes into Capulet's orchard to see if he can find Juliet. He sees her at the balcony and calls to her that he loves her. ...read more.

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"With Rosaline, my ghostly father? No; I have forgot that name, and that name's woe." This is once again another example of how Romeo changes from loving Rosaline to loving Juliet. The Friar is surprised at Romeo's sudden change of heart towards Rosaline, and when Romeo tells him he wants to get married to Juliet the Friar is afraid that they are taking things too fast and that they should slow down a little. The Friar says he will marry them, but only to bring the houses together. The way that Romeo has been presented is now seen to of changed from when we first saw him at the start of the play, from at first being sad and emotional at the start of the play, he has changed to being in love with Juliet, completely forgetting that he was moping around sycamore grove mourning for Rosaline. This shows that Romeo is very immature and can change his mind very quickly he is impulsive and impetuous. Christopher White 10Y1 31/01/04 ...read more.

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