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Act 3 Scene 3 Of Romeo And Juliet - What Impression Does The Audience Get Of Romeo In This Scene? How Far Is This Scene Typical Of His Presentation Elsewhere In The Play?

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Act 3 Scene 3 Of Romeo And Juliet - What Impression Does The Audience Get Of Romeo In This Scene? How Far Is This Scene Typical Of His Presentation Elsewhere In The Play? Act 3 Scene 3 is a perfect example of Romeo's despondent persona. The events that take place in Friar Laurence's cell occur right after Romeo's marriage to Juliet. Romeo's devastation by the news that he is to be banished from Verona after murdering Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, had led him to seek guidance from Friar Laurence. Although this may seem understandable, Romeo is melodramatic and gives the impression that he is an over-the-top teenager. He illustrates this when he says; "Ha, banishment! Be merciful, say 'death'. For exile hath more terror in his look". Romeo claims that if he were to be banished from Verona, it would be worse than death. He does not stop to try and find a solution but condemns himself to a life of misery without Juliet. A typical hero would now concoct a plan to save himself from being exiled. However, Romeo is only a teenager and it shows in this scene. While the Friar tries to console him, Romeo ignores his words and wallows in self-pity. ...read more.

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Yet Romeo hasn't changed. He desires revenge against Tybalt for murdering his friend, and he says that he must now rely on his anger; "..fire eyed fury be my (Romeo's) conduct now" He then goes to fight, and ultimately kill, Tybalt. Though it seemed Romeo had become more mature after marrying Juliet, he still acts on his impulses rather than to think out situations. This is typical of him in Act 3 Scene 3, where is feels depressed and wants to die. A further example of Romeo's adolescent behaviour is towards the end of the play. When Romeo hears of Juliet's apparent death from his friend Balthasar, he instantly decides he should kill himself, which is apparent when Romeo says; "Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight" He doesn't go to visit anyone beforehand - Friar Laurence, Benvolio or anyone else. He heads straight to the apothecary, buys the poison and goes to kill himself. He also killed the County Paris who was there to mourn Juliet's death. Romeo tells Paris that he doesn't want to fight him; "I beseech thee, youth, Put not another sin on my head By urging me to fury. ... I come hither armed against myself" However, Romeo succumbs to his temper and kills Paris. ...read more.

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Romeo often cannot control his feelings and becomes manically depressed or violent. When Mercutio is killed, Romeo immediately seeks revenge and kills Tybalt. He becomes depressed at having to leave Verona for his crime, and also decides to kill himself when he hears that Juliet is dead. He doesn't stop to consider his options at any of these points, but he acts on his impulse and often makes things worse. On the other hand, Romeo often tries to find peaceful solutions to his problems, such as when Tybalt comes to fight him. Romeo tries to be reasonable, but Tybalt kills his friend and Romeo, being only a teenager, is filled with anger and so gets his revenge. Also with the County Paris, Romeo implores him to leave as he does not wish to fight, yet Paris does not listen and Romeo is forced to defend himself. Ultimately, while Romeo is thought to be a well-mannered youth by the majority of the town, that decision is made from Romeo's actions before the play is set. This is before Romeo becomes broken-hearted by Rosaline, and is infatuated with Juliet. During the play itself, Act 3 Scene 3 is mostly typical of Romeo's behaviour throughout. Although for some parts Romeo conducts himself in a more mature manner, he mostly acts exactly what he is - a love struck teenager. ...read more.

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