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IS ROMEO A BOY OR A MAN?

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Shakespeare's representation of Romeo is of both boy and man. Romeo's language and actions emphasize his attitude and behaviour throughout the play. People associate boys with being: immature, uncivilised, irresponsible, unreasonable and unable to accept punishment. Romeo has unquestionably got several of these characteristics. However people associate men with being: mature, civilised, reasonable, rational, in tune with their emotions and not afraid of showing their emotions. In my opinion Romeo has undeniably got many more of these characteristics than that of a boy. In the following paragraphs I am going to put my argument to you in that Romeo is more man than boy. Prior to meeting Juliet, Romeo's features are undeniably that of a boy. Romeo's yearning for Rosaline mistaking lust for love, "Alas that Love, whose view is muffled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will!" His language is very poetic and over-charged. Shakespeare uses sonnets in this part of the play, which portrays Romeo's attitude. He is in a depressed state of mind, caused by his love for Rosaline. He over-exaggerates everything he says, and creates a drama. This is completely changing his behaviour and makes him seem petty and immature. Romeo appears to be a "lovesick boy," because he is constantly talking about Rosaline. He is so obsessed with Rosaline he is oblivious to the fight brewing between the Capulet's and the Montague's. Shakespeare uses oxymoron's to show Romeo's disturbed emotional state, "...O brawling love, O loving hate..." ...read more.

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(Although during Shakespeare's era Juliet's parents would have arranged her marriage, even if Romeo wasn't a Montague they still wouldn't have been able to marry as her parents had already chosen her a different suitor one they approved of.) Furthermore Juliet now feels devastated due to the fact that she has found her only love within the family that she was brought up to hate as she says "My only love sprung from my only hate!" Shakespeare ends this scene on a cliff-hanger, creating tension between the characters. The balcony scene is one of the most significant and well known parts in the play. In this scene Juliet tries to get Romeo to prove how true his love for her is. Romeo's language is much more sincere than how it was when they first met, when he was talking of Rosaline. He does exaggerate in places, which in the end annoys Juliet and she gets impatient with his "swearing" and over-exaggerated promise. The audience see Romeo trying to be imaginative and inspired by love "with love's light wings did I overperch these walls" this is one of the metaphors Shakespeare use's to emphasize how much Romeo truly love's Juliet. Romeo is saying that love will help him find a way to get to his one true love, Juliet. These qualities I feel are the characteristics of a forward thinking adult. Totally and utterly in love, "Juliet is the sun," the audience see a brave and devoted romantic. ...read more.

Conclusion

Being isolated from society he feels so alone. Although some may argue with me in that he acts rashly and on a reckless impulse like an immature child. The fact is all his emotions are out of control, he's feeling passionate, violent, and suicidal only someone who has gone through the same thing could now how he's feeling at this moment in time. In Romeo's last words Shakespeare creates dramatic irony. Romeo mentions that Juliet doesn't look as though she's dead, "Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks," he's saying that her lips are still looking red as are her cheeks, which they wouldn't be if she was dead this is ironic, as the audience knows Juliet is not truly dead. In Romeo's last words he is no longer a love-sick boy but a contented and mature young man; Romeo talks of Juliet as his wife, not an excuse for his love-sickness, "...O my love, my wife." All he wants to do is be with his one true love. We as the audience demonstrate sympathy, pity, sadness and admiration for the two star-crossed lovers not to be. So after examining all of the evidence, it is difficult to tell whether Romeo is a man or a love-sick boy. Shakespeare clearly exaggerates Romeo's actions and behaviour. Romeo's love-sick actions are essential to the play. Throughout the play, from beginning to end, it appears that Romeo develops from being a foolish young boy with love on his mind, to become a brave, mature man, taking responsibility for his actions. ?? ?? ?? ?? IS ROMEO A BOY OR A MAN? 1 | Page ...read more.

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