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Discuss the development in Romeo's character from the start of the play up to act 3 scene 1

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Discuss the development in Romeos character from the start of the play up to act 3 scene 1 "Oh I am fortunes fool" Romeo and Juliet was written in the 1950's. At this time courtly love and the sonnet form of poem was very popular. Young men would hide their feelings and go away to hide and cry. Romeo's character in the beginning of the play is very much like this because he thinks he is in love with Rosaline who never even appears in the play. Romeo's farther, Lord Montague discusses his worries for his son with his nephew Benvolio. He describes how Romeo wants to be alone and is often crying "Many a morning hath he there been seen, With tears augmenting the fresh mornings dew, Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs," Benvolio says he has seen his cousin in the woods the woods early in the morning but as Benvolio walked towards him Romeo ran into the woods. "So early did I see your son; Towards him I made, but he was ware of me, And stole into the covert of the wood;" Benvolio catches up with Romeo and talks to him about why he feels so down he finds out that Romeo is in 'love' with Rosaline but she is not interested in him Benvolio trys to cheer Romeo up but fails. ...read more.


After Romeo escapes from his friend Romeo goes in search of Juliet and finds her at a balcony where she is talking to herself about him "O Romeo Romeo, wherefore out thou Romeo" And soon about marriage "Deny thy farther and refuse thy name Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love," They agree to get married and Romeo says he will arrange it "O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?" "What satisfaction canst though have tonight?" "Th'exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine" When meeting Juliet Shakespeare shows us Romeo's development by his use of language, religious imagery and spiritual language like the use of the sonnet, this is a more mature Romeo. When Romeo plans the wedding with Friar Lawrence he turns up at the church early in the morning and Friar Lawrence is surprised to see him and asks him why he is up so early, Romeo reply's that he has been with his enemy and has met someone special. "I have been feasting with mine enemy, Were on a sudden one hath wounded me" But the Friar doesn't understand and is confused "Be plain good son, and homely in thy drift" So Romeo tells him straight "Then plainly know, my heart's dear love is set On the fair daughter of rich Capulet" Holy Saint Francis, What is change here!" ...read more.


But Romeo will fight or answer back to Tybalt. "Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage To such a greeting. Villain am I none: Therefore farewell, I see thou knowest me not" This continues until Tybalt becomes angry and pulls out his sword, Mercutio intervenes and fights Tybalt Romeo tries to stop the fight and in the process Mercutio is injured by Tybalt and dies Tybalt runs away leaving Romeo angry and confused At the begging of this scene Romeo Thought he was in control of his life but now he has come to realize that he has no Control his life and he is following a path already set out for him. Conclusion The play is a tragedy, the prologue refers Death, and the death is just as important "A pair of star crossed lovers take their life; This shows that they kill them selves. The Development of Romeos Character is mainly shown by Shakespeare by Romeos language in the beginning the play He uses strange language like oxi morons "Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate O any thing of nothing first create! O heavy lightness, serious vanity, Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms" Later in the play when meeting Juliet he uses language of religious imagery and Spares a sonnet with Juliet this is a more mature Romeo Around the time of the wedding Romeo uses a lot of detail in his language. ...read more.

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