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"A virtuous and well governed youth," How far do you agree with this view of Romeo?

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"A virtuous and well governed youth" How far do you agree with this view of Romeo? I would agree that Shakespeare presents the character of Romeo as virtuous and well governed but when faced with challenging situations he becomes uncontrolled and immoral easily and his emotions defeat him. In this essay I will be exploring and analyzing key scenes in the play to support my view of Romeo. The areas I will be discussing include: Romeo and his experiences of love, the fight, Romeo's reaction to banishment, the killing of Paris and finally Romeo's suicide. At the beginning of the play a short prologue is spoken by the chorus. This introduces the play and sums up what is going to happen. So the audience knows from the very onset of the play that it will end in tragedy. Today's audience find the revealing of the play's plot frustrating; however the chorus highlights the fact that Romeo and Juliet are doomed from the beginning and that fate is against them. The effect it has on the audience is that because they already know the play will end in tragedy so they become more involved because they're continually looking for clues. The society of Verona seemed very ordinary but the conflict between the Montague's and the Capulet's appeared to divide and disturb all of Verona, these conflicts that would segregate whole communities. ...read more.


Forswear it sight, for I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" meaning that for the first time Romeo is in love instead of using courtly love and pretending he is in love with women he can't have so Shakespeare presents a love that confounds convention. This went against the rules, against what was expected at the time. When Romeo and Juliet speak to each other they use religious imagery to a large extent and sonnet form. When the first speak they use sonnet form. This is unusual in the play because a sonnet is normally spoken by one character. When Romeo and Juliet speak they both share the sonnet the structure of a sonnet represents their relationship because like a sonnet their relationship is tight and close, "If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sins this," this illustrates that the words associated with religion shows the relationship between the two is spiritual not physical. I think this has an auspicious effect on the audience simply because in the Elizabethan era due to society's beliefs sonnets and courtly love was a popular convention. In the balcony scene act 2 scenes 2 Juliet differs to Romeo. Romeo is very long winded when using his great religious imagery speeches whereas Juliet is more sharp and to the point. ...read more.


When Romeo has killed Paris he respects his wishes and lays him next to Juliet which shows that although he has killed him he still respects Paris and shows that he is still Virtuous. When Romeo decides to commit suicide I feel that in one respect it shows his love for Juliet. Even when he thinks she's dead he continues to speak in religious imagery showing that his love really is profound. He talks about sealing them with death, "The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death" this shows that Romeo makes an eternal bargain with death to take all the possessions of their life's and seal with a symbol of love, a kiss. Romeo also regrets what he's done and maybe sees suicide as an escape, "and shake the yoke of inauspicious stars" he wants to shake off the burden imposed by fate and be with Juliet. I have mixed feelings about Romeo committing suicide but truly feel that he wanted to be with Juliet because their love was true and profound and Juliet helped him realize what true love was, with her. Over all I still feel that Romeo's is presented as virtuous and well governed and that he wasn't to blame for his actions since he was governed by forces beyond his control. Even though they were doomed from the start the ancient grudge didn't stop them from discovering the one thing that was most important to them being in love. ...read more.

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