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To what extend is the audience convinced that Romeo really is in love by the end of Act 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet'

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Jon Challen 11AM To what extend is the audience convinced that Romeo really is in love by the end of Act 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' In my essay I am going to explain and conclude the extend to which the audience is convinced that Romeo really is in love by the end of Act 1. When Romeo says 'Here's much to do with hate, but more with love....' (Act 1: Scene 1: Line 5) I believe he is referring to two things specifically; he is referring to one, the feud at the beginning of Act 1: Scene 1 and he is sick and tired of the on going fight between the Montagues and the Capulets. I also believe he is referring to his 'love' with Rosaline. Because of the feud and his unreturned love from Rosaline we can tell Romeo is a depressed and lonely character at this part of the play. We learn a lot about the character Romeo before he has even entered the play, from words of others, Benvolio and Montague (Romeo's father) are discussing Romeos strange behaviour in Act 1: Scene 1, a lot is said to indicate Romeo is depressed 'Many a morning he there been seen, with tears augmenting the fresh mornings dew,' Montague explains that Romeo is crying by himself every morning clearly showing he is depressed. ...read more.


Romeo says he is going to the party not to be shown girls but to have a good time with his friends. This is a very different to the behaviour of Romeo at the beginning of the play because instead of wanting to be locked away alone he wants to go out and enjoy himself. He is so set on his ways about this (going not to meet girls and dance) because he still believes he is deeply in love with Rosaline. Romeo is 'down' at the journey to the party because he thinks he is in love. He believes he is so weighed down by his love for Rosaline he will not be able to dance '....you have dancing shoes, with nimble soles, I have a soul of lead, so stakes me to the ground I cannot move' Romeo is not only worrying and concerned by his love for Rosaline, at the very end of Scene 4 he discusses is with Mercutio and Benvolio. He fears as a result of him going to the party an 'untimely death' will occur. He cannot understand or explain his feeling he just fears that one or more people (he is unsure of who) will die at an unknown time to him 'Some consequence yet hanging in the stars' At the end of Scene 4 we are left on a very 'down' worrying note. ...read more.


When Juliet says ' my only love sprung from my only hate ' she means Romeo ( her 'only love' ) is a Montague making him her only hate because her family hates his. The genre of the play is tragedy and thi is the first point of the play in which we realise and understand the problems that the two young lovers are going to face. The chorus says Romeo loved and then loved again, it says he approaches his love affairs very quickly and falls in ' love ' with a person just by seeing them, 'now Romeo beloved , and loves again, alike bewitched by the charm of looks.' In conclusion to my essay I believe that an audience is convinced that Romeo is in love by the end of Act 1. At the beginning of the play he claims he is in love but that love was based on looks only which shows Romeo to be a very shallow character. He also thinks he loves her because he can't have her. He then meets Juliet and talks of her as being a saint. He sees her as being the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. He talks with and about Juliet confidently and fluently, which suggests to me and to an audience that he is truly in love at the end of Act 1. ...read more.

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