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Character Review of Romeo

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Character Review: Romeo Saad Zahid The first time we hear about Romeo in this play is in act 1 scene 1. The scene is set after a riot has taken place between the two families; the Montague's and the Capulet's. Romeo's mother, lady Montague questions Benvolio, her nephew, regarding Romeo. The first introduction to Romeo is of one who wants to be left alone, left to think. Benvolio states that he had seen him in the early morning, but Romeo tried to hide from him, so he let Romeo be. Romeo's father, Montague tells us how he has been like this for many days. The way Montague describes his son, a modern day audience might consider Romeo as being a typical adolescent, going through a range of emotions. Montague says: "but he, his own affections' councillor" which implies Romeo is choosing to be alone so that he may think and 'council' himself. Now, Romeo enters the scene. Romeo and Benvolio take part in verbal wordplay, where they both talk about the morning. Romeo has been awake for a long time, and is surprised that it is still morning. Romeo explains the reason for his sadness, which is that of a one sided love. Romeo says: "Out of her favour where I am in love." ...read more.


Some might question Romeo's idea of love, as he had only been so upset earlier that day, yet already he was over Rosaline and falling in love with Juliet. But this is a point where we see some actual change in Romeo's character. No longer is he the adolescent he was before but he matures. His character is made more brave and courageous because he dares to roam around the Capulet's house just to be near Juliet. In act 3 Romeo is insulted by Tybalt, who is Juliet's cousin. Even though Tybalt is trying to stir some emotions Romeo remains calm and tries to make peace. He says to Tybalt "...I never injured thee, But love thee better than thou can'st devise..." He refers to the newly formed relationship between Tybalt and Romeo, but neither Tybalt nor Mercutio know about this and Mercutio thinks of this is giving in, he describes the situation as "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!" This would have been seen as very cowardly as society expected a man to fight when himself, his house or his kin had been offended. It was particularly dishonourable for a Montague to give in to a Capulet, as they had been enemies for many years now. Romeo try's to stop them fighting and steps in between them, but Tybalt manages to strike Mercutio from behind. He then runs off. ...read more.


Romeo does not initially know it is Paris, and kills him whilst defending himself. He realises that this is Paris, the man who was meant to marry Juliet, and grants Paris's last wishes. You could say, Romeo saw himself in Paris, because Paris also lost his love. Paris comes to his senses and realised he didn't really have any true hate for this man, and again another innocent person lost his life. Romeo sees Juliet and decides a life without her isn't worth living. He drinks poison which he bought in an earlier scene and dies. Through out the story we see Romeo's character grows up from being an adolescent, and in a sense immature boy, to a brave and mature young man. At one point Romeo would not have hurt any man, and would have chosen to settle any arguments verbally, but he is changed in a way that talking no longer matters and the only way to solve an argument is by someone's death. Romeo says "either thou or I, or both, must go with him" in act 3 to Tybalt. He is saying the only way to settle this is either by Tybalt dieing, Romeo dieing or both. Maybe Paris did not have to die. If Romeo explained the situation, his life would have not been taken away. But Romeo realises his mistake, and takes his life because he blames himself for everything. ...read more.

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