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In conclusion Romeo's character has distorted right through the play. The change in situations through the acts have influenced Romeo's personality

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Romeo and Juliet Romeo is an emotional, adolescent boy, he thrives upon complexity of love and predicament of romance. The story is a romantic tragedy where Romeo and his love must fall. The passion and emotion that lurks in Romeo, inevitably is responsible for the tragedy which soon surfaces. Romeo is in love with the idea of being in love. His actions and relations are under great scrutiny from the tension and suspense of the feuding Montague's and Capulet's, as his love and affection for Juliet develops so does his impetuous character. The first expressions of Romeo are that he is not his usual self. His absence is thoroughly spoken about in the Montague household. Montague mentions how Romeo has been keeping to himself, preferring night to day "Locks fair daylight out, And makes himself an artificial night." From Montague, Lady Montague and Benvolio, we gather that the story will be based around the absent Romeo. Once Romeo does appear, we understand that his sadness and depression is because his love for Rosaline is unreturned "Love, whose view is muffled still." Romeo's contradictory language is a clear indication of how Romeo's perceptions and feelings are awkwardly diverse. ...read more.


Mercutio pretends to be a magician, using sexual innuendo "demesues, spirit circle, stand, down, medlar, open-are" to tease Romeo. Mercutio's sexual joking opposes and highlights the true love of Romeo and Juliet. Following Act 2 scene 2 Romeo's first line is a dismissive comment about Mercutio's joking about love "he jests at scars that never felt a wound." This means that someone who has never experienced being in love, finds it easy to mock the suffering of a person deeply in love. Act 2 scene 2 is particularly distinctive of Romeo's character, Romeo who is hidden from Juliet in the Capulet orchard, sees Juliet at an upstairs window. Romeo compares her to the sun, stars and heavens, " fainst stars in all the heaven '' this all symbolizes Romeo's obsession with Juliet and how his character has developed from infatuated to desperate. The first time we meet Friar Lawrence is on Act 2 scene 5, he is gathering flowers and herbs. He reflects that, like people, they contain both healing medicine and poison, both good and evil. He shows this by the use of antithesis "day/night," " mother/tomb," "fair use/abuse," "grace/rude." Friar Lawrence's use of oppositions or antithesis help us understand the play will be conflicting both love and hate emotions, his speech gives us an understanding that if the play will be contrary, so will the character of Romeo. ...read more.


His banishment causes Romeo to cry out with extreme anguish to Friar Lawrence who reprimands Romeo. This havoc is unbearable for Romeo, for he feels being banished from the city of Verona is worse than death. " Hence ' banished ' is banished from the world, And the worlds exile is death ; then ' banished ' Is death mistermed. " This order of events underline Romeo's dedication and devotion to Juliet, he would rather die than leave Juliet. It also underlines his immaturity as Romeo's obsession and fascination with Juliet may perhaps cause this romantic tragedy to emerge. In conclusion Romeo's character has distorted right through the play. The change in situations through the acts have influenced Romeo's personality, mood, emotion and most importantly his actions. The first impressions of Romeo as a depressed, neglected young man transformed when he met Juliet, however the same affectionate emotions for Juliet become obsessive and fanatical which causes him to change under the pressure of the feuding Montague's and Capulet's. Commencing from the infatuation at the Capulet party to the obsession and hurried decision making at the tomb, it was all too much for Romeo who's uncompromising attitude inevitably caused this impractical catastrophe to surface. Written by Gagan Bassi ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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