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Does Romeo change throughout the course of the play?

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Does Romeo change throughout the course of the play? I feel that Romeo does not change very much in this play. He has many sides to his personality; he can be happy, sad and depressed but what really causes him to die is his impulsiveness; he does not think of the consequences of his actions and thinks that everything is down to fate/destiny. For example, at the beginning of the play, Romeo feels miserable because the woman he admires does not return her love. Romeo knows that the woman he desires, Rosaline, will not fall in love with him, yet he is certain that he will not love anybody else. In the beginning of the play, Romeo states to Benvolio; "...Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!" Here he emphasises his contradictory feelings of love. This is further seen as he carries on saying; "O heavy lightness, ...bright smoke, cold fire, sick health," where his feelings for love grow stronger. Shakespeare expresses Romeo's contradictory feelings by showing the audience that love has the ability to bring a mixture of sadness and happiness - it can feel like a combination of opposites. ...read more.

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This emphasises to the audience that he is being impulsive. He is impulsive when he falls 'in love' with Rosaline and then he is impulsive in his feelings for Juliet. Even when Romeo finds out Juliet is a Capulet, we see how Romeo does not think rationally, because he used to be a good son, who never involved himself in the fighting between the Capulets and Montagues, but now he is beginning to rebel against his own family (the Montagues) because he thinks he is in love. The first night he sees and talks to Juliet he wants to marry her and to forget his family name. Once again Shakespeare is showing us how impulsive Romeo is (firstly with his emotions for Rosaline and now for Juliet). They marry immediately without thinking of the consequences for both families, where once again Shakespeare displays that this love affair could end in tragedy. Whereas a person who thought about his actions might try to talk to his family first - not marry within one day of meeting someone! However, we see Romeo's different sides when he is fortunate to be in love. ...read more.

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He is even more angered to hear from the nurse of Juliet's grief and he is ready to kill himself as he states; "Hence banished is banish'd from the world// For exile hath more terror in his look," Shakespeare makes Romeo an immature child because he should be grateful that he is not executed. Instead he only thinks of the negatives, that he will lose his love from Juliet as he is to be banished from Verona, he says he would rather die than leave Verona because he doesn't want to leave Juliet. At the end of the play again Romeo is shown to be impulsive. As soon as he hears from his messenger that Juliet is dead, he rushes off to buy poison so that he can kill himself. He does all of this in such a rush without stopping to talk to anyone else like the Friar. He blames destiny (fate) and suicide is his way of defying "the stars", but his impulsiveness is the part of his character that kills him in the end - not bad luck. Overall, I don't think Romeo changes much - he was impulsive at the start of the play and impulsive at the end. ...read more.

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