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Discuss how the characters of Romeo and Juliet develop between act 1 and act 5.

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Introduction

Discuss how the characters of Romeo and Juliet develop between act 1 and act 5. By the end of the play it is easy to see that the characters of both Romeo and Juliet have developed. The changes in their characters are visible throughout the play. At the beginning of the play we know that Romeo is an only child who is in love with Rosaline. The language that Romeo uses is typical of the idea of him being in love. "Out of her favour where I am in love", Romeo's behaviour is miserable and unsociable too because he feels that the person he loves does not love him back. Shakespeare wants the audiences' attention to be on Romeo's behaviour at the beginning of the play and so Rosaline does not play any part in the play. We also know that Romeo reads poetry and feels very unhappy for himself because Rosaline does not love him back. He will only discuss his love for Rosaline with Friar Lawrence. ...read more.

Middle

This is a major change in Juliet's character, before she met Romeo she was an obedient girl who did what she was told now she was ready to say no to her father all because of her love for Romeo. Juliet's disobedient is seen later in the play also when she tells her father that she will not marry Paris. " I will not marry yet" she does not respect what her father has told her to do. This is something that is out of character for Juliet and she is only doing it because of her love for Romeo. We see a different side of Romeo too now that he is with Juliet. When Romeo has arranged his marriage to Juliet he is happy again and Mercutio says "Now art thou sociable" he is pleased to have Romeo back. This is a different Romeo than the one that we saw at the beginning of the play, before Romeo was miserable and sad but now he is sociable and happy. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo does not really change like Juliet does. Romeo is unhappy at the beginning of the play and as many of his friends say it is not the real Romeo. This suggests that by the end of the play we are seeing the real Romeo, but even so it is a different side of Romeo to the one we saw at the beginning of the play. Juliet's character definitely changes. At the beginning of the play she is a good girl who does what she is told and does not have to worry about anything because there is someone else there to do it for her. By the end she is a mature woman who is making mature decisions for herself, which ultimately ends up with her dead. The play lasts less than a week and the two characters love for each other changes their characters behaviour dramatically. This dramatic change in behaviour leads to dramatic action and at the end of the play they fall victim to their behaviour changes and are both dead. ...read more.

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