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What can we learn about the characters of Romeo and Juliet from Act One and Act Two?

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What can we learn about the characters of Romeo and Juliet from Act One and Act Two? Act One scene One Romeo is sad at the start of the scene. He is by himself the Benvolio arrives. He is in love with someone who isn't in love with him "out of her favour where I am in love". He changes the subject when he next speaks "where shall we dine?" he isn't really bothered about Rosaline, quickly changing the subject like that. He then goes on to talk in oppositions "O heavy lightness" "Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, Still-walking sleep," this shows us that Romeo is confused, he doesn't know what he is on about, he is infatuated with love. He is more in love with the idea of being in love "This love feel I, that feel no love in this". Romeo goes on to describe how he feels about love. He describes how brilliant love is "Love is a smoke made with the fume of sights, Being purged , a fire sparkling in levers' eyes, Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears." ...read more.


He uses this because white was seen as a bright and vibrant colour, when black was a dark and miserable colour. After seeing Juliet, Romeo has forgotten about Rosaline. He says things like "Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear" Romeo never said that Rosaline was that Beautiful. Then Romeo says "For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" he is saying that he has never seen anything as beautiful as Juliet. This tells us that Romeo had no true feelings for Rosaline at all. Rosaline couldn't have met that much to him at all if he said that Juliet is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. When Romeo meets Juliet, he uses religion to show his feelings. Back then everyone was religious so religion was a good way of describing things. Romeo 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" Romeo is saying that his hand isn't good enough for Juliet, and he is asking for a kiss. ...read more.


Juliet starts to get worried about Romeo getting discovered by her kinsmen "if they do see thee, they will murder thee." This shows that Juliet is a caring person. She is madly in love with Romeo and does not want to see him get hurt. She is concerned about his health. Romeo's reply to this is "With loves wings did I o'erperch these walls" he thinks that his love can fly him over the castle walls. He is too romantic -romantic hyperbole. Juliet is worried about how Romeo got into the castle compound "By whose direction found'st thou out this place?" she is again worried that someone might discover Romeo. Juliet then goes on to question Romeo's love for her "Dost thou love me" Juliet gets straight to the point, she is direct with what she wants. Juliet decides that she wants to talk with Romeo another day "sweet, good night" "Good night, good night!" Juliet is demanding that he goes home before he gets killed. Romeo replies with "O wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?" he does not want her to go, he wants to talk now, he is impatient, while Juliet is patient. Juliet asks Romeo to marry her "Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow" Juliet wants to marry Romeo, but wants to talk another time. ...read more.

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