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How does Shakespeare present Romeo as a lover before and after he meets Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare present Romeo as a lover before and after he meets Juliet? 21 January 2003 We have read Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and in this essay I am going to be exploring the ways in which Shakespeare presents the character of Romeo. I will also be analysing how Romeo changes after meeting Juliet. Romeo is from the house of Montague and Juliet is a Capulet. This insinuates a problem that the two characters have to face because the two different families have been feuding for a long time and are sworn enemies. The families are 'Both alike in dignity' which tells us that they are from the same high social class and are looked up to by society. The play is set in a fictional foreign country, Verona in Italy. I think that Shakespeare has done this for a particular reason, which is he wants us to believe the events that occur in the play, and by setting it somewhere we have never heard of these seem more plausible Romeo is not introduced to us until line 153 in the play because Shakespeare is setting the scene for Romeo to enter the play on to. ...read more.

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By doing this it makes us think as though it is love at first sight for Romeo. When he gets to talk to her she appears to be shy but he woos and charms her with romantic rhyme. The poetic language he uses sounds breathtaking and romantic and he compares her to magnificent events in the natural world like a 'sunset'. The first he asks Juliet for a kiss he says he wants 'to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss' and goes on to describe his lips as 'two blushing pilgrims...' which is a very affectionate image and this shows us how much he loves her, or thinks he does. Romeo has changed in his attitude since meeting Juliet. Before he met her he thought he would never love again and previously in the play when Benvolio told Romeo that at the Capulets ball he '...shall make thee think thy swan a crow', Romeo thinks that '...no such sight to be shown'. This shows that at the time Romeo thought that there was no one more wonderful than Rosaline, but he was proved wrong because he then fell in love even deeper with Juliet. I think that this is an indication of Romeo's ability to fall easily in and out of love, especially because of his young age. ...read more.

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We can see that although his love for Juliet is pure, he is somewhat foolish in love and doesn't seem to think of anything else. The other characters have also noticed his new 'sure wit' especially Benvolio and the friar, but both are fairly apprehensive of his new eloquence and happiness, maybe because of his past experiences they know he can fall out of love easily. I personally favour the new Romeo because he is less despondent and depressing and more cheerful. I prefer the new language he uses also, now that he is in love because it is very elaborate and expressive. I think that he conveys his feelings of love for Juliet very vividly and brilliantly and with the metaphorical language and imagery he uses. Shakespeare portrays Romeo as a lover persistently throughout the play, and the way he does this is incredibly effective. He depicts Romeo as a lover even before he has met Juliet, when he is in love with Rosaline so we can tell that this is not just a passing phase with Juliet but regularity in his character. However when he has met Juliet this trait in his character shines for the reason that he loves her passionately, even if this proves to be a little injudicious of him. 1 of 4 ...read more.

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