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Consider the character of Romeo. Do you sympathise with him thinking him a tragic young man, or did his conduct and attitudes annoy you?

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The Character of Romeo Consider the character of Romeo. Do you sympathise with him thinking him a tragic young man, or did his conduct and attitudes annoy you? Romeo, at the start of the play, does not care what is happening around him. When we first meet him, he is wallowing in his own self-pity. His mind, and his whole body is consumed with love and infatuation for Roseline. From this first encounter with Romeo, I find him annoying and intolerable. For most of the play I feel sorry for the people who have to listen to him whining and complaining. Especially Benvolio, being Romeo's best friend and cousin. He is wound up about a small 'crush'. Situations in the surrounding environment seem not to affect his life. We see this first hand towards the start of the play, after the arguments in Verona town. He only comments "O me, what fray was here?" Even then, he decides not to find out. His language is fake and is somewhat confused. Made up of oxymorons and metaphors, his attempt at expressing himself, where he uses the phrases "Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!" ...read more.

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Yet Romeo, thinking with his heart before his head then, was resilient and visited Juliet, not thinking over the consequences. Was this to show Juliet that he loved her so much that he'd risk his life for her? With Romeo that could have been very possible. Romeo does, for a few lines go back to his artificial language, where he says to Juliet "Lady, by yonder blessed moon I vow That tips with silver all there fruit tree tops-" Yet Juliet did not like these fabricated words, and told him "O swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon," Once married, Romeo seems to want to keep the peace with his family and the Capulets, hence he keeps his head when offered a duel. Here is another change. Towards the start of the novel, we saw that Romeo had no composure. Now he is stopping a duel between Tybalt and his friend Mercutio. This maybe because he is now related to Tybalt and would want to smooth things over with the Capulets. "Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage To such a greeting. ...read more.

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Yet, in the heat of the moment, he could not see reason. He must be deeply hurt, as he does not take the time to create artificial language; it just flows from the heart. "O my love, my wife! Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath, Hath had no power yet on thy beauty." Yet, though as untimely and quick Romeo's death is, it is peaceful. Not unplanned and rash, he wanted to spend eternity with Juliet. "O here Will I set up my everlasting rest, And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh." I believe that even though he does show maturity and growth toward the end of the novel, most of his actions, generally towards the start of the novel, still make him an irrational character, apt to change his mind in a split second. Though his marriage was tragic; due to the feud of the Capulet and Montague family, I believe that he could have stayed in Mantua, and lived a happy life, after Juliet, and move on. Yet in one final act of love, he starts the end of the tragedy of the two "star-cross'd lovers". ?? ?? ?? ?? Adam Seaborne 10W/MJ - 1 - ...read more.

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