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How does Romeo character change during the pLAY Romeo and Juliet?

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Does Romeo change throughout the play Romeo and Juliet? If so, how and why does he change? Romeo and Juliet is one of the finest-cherished romances ever written globally. The play was written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young "star-cross'd lovers" whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. Romeo and Juliet belong to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. Its plot is based on real Italian families in the 3rd century (The Cappelletti and Monttecchi). This is one of the oldest plays that has lived with us and continue for generation to come. Shakespeare creates dramatic effect by switching a lot from one event to another. The switches tend to involve two things: a change in the place, from one group of characters to another and a switch in the mood, such as from humour to violence, or violence to love. The play ascribes different poetic forms to different characters, sometimes changing the form as the character develops. Romeo, for example, grows more adept at the sonnet over the course of the play. Romeo is an emotional, adolescent boy; he thrives upon complexity of love and predicament of romance. As this story is a romantic tragedy, Romeo love must fall. The passion and emotion that lurks in Romeo, inevitably is responsible for the tragedy which soon surfaces. Romeo is in love with the idea of being in love. ...read more.


Still pouring his heart out to Benvolio, Romeo selfishly complains, "Well in that hit you miss. She'll not be hit". Although Romeo has tried to capitalize on every ounce of his charm and flaunt every drop of his beauty, Rosaline still refuses to accept his love. Her negative responses trigger Romeo's feelings of self-doubt, hurt, and hopelessness. As gutted as Romeo was, he went to the Capulet's ball at the Capulet's house with his friend Mercutio and Benvolio his cousin. At this point of the play, Shakespeare changes the mood of the play from sadness to happiness. Here we start to think this is the place where Romeo would meet Juliet as it is said in the Chorus, "A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life" however we don't know how. Once Romeo met Juliet, his thought of Rosaline just disappears. The strength of "love at first sight" between Romeo and Juliet is so sturdy that it makes them plan for marriage the next day. At this point of the play, the audience see the sudden alteration of Romeo from a devasted frantic lad to a man with a heart full of joy for love. We feel relaxed and calm as Romeo is now stress-free and a typical teenage guy. However another problem arises as Romeo finds out that Juliet, his love is a Capulet, which is forbidden as both families are adversaries. The build up of awareness and anxiety is elevated as audience waits for the next action these juvenile couple would perform. ...read more.


Poignant language is used to describe the emotions of Romeo "How oft when men are at the point of death, Have they being merry...., O how may I call this a lightning: my love! My wife". Romeo feels extremely sad and miserable as he converses about how life and death has an impact on him. His mind also sets on Juliet, how pathetic he is without her, like half a piece of his whole body is gone. Romeo can't depend on himself, he needs comfort. This play Romeo and Juliet is applicable to this modern day even though, it was made years back. At the end of the play, the Capulet and Montague suffered monumental loses, they finally made up and realized life is short so it's better to live and enjoy every bit of it to its fullness of joy no matter what. The moral of this play was very relevant especially with this terrific youth crime and gun culture happening everywhere threatening both young and old. This encourages us all especially people involved in this fatal acts to put their knives and weapons down and to respect a life not a knife. Romeo's character in this play changed from time to time. They show how his love developed and in the cause of that, other emotions and characters he was bound to experience. Romeo's character explores a journey of a lover. This involves disappointments, sadness, joy, adventure and risks. This character was well made by Shakespeare which contributed to the success of the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Deborah Marquardt English coursework ...read more.

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