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Outline the Development of Romeo's Character from Love-sick Callowness to Determined Passion

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Outline the Development of Romeo's Character from Love-sick Callowness to Determined Passion 'From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star crossed lovers take their life...' Already from the prologue the audience know the protagonists die. The situations that Romeo experiences are what change his character from lovesick callowness to determined passion over a period of only five days. After the fray in the beginning of the play. Montague and Benvolio are discussing Romeo's recent behaviour. Romeo has been hanging about 'the grove of sycamores' in the early mornings. Notice the pun on sick-amour. 'Many a morning hath he been seen with tears augmenting...' The primaritive impression the audience get of Romeo is of an immature and sensitive boy because he has been crying a lot lately due to him being lovesick over Rosaline. When we first actually meet Romeo we find he is artificial in his speeches and sad in the sense that you wouldn't want to know him. He moans that 'sad hours seem long...' This implies he doesn't do much all day except crying. Also he has been avoiding his friends lately. Romeo physically deprives himself of light this is a very dramatic and over the top thing to do. This is also typical of his character at this stage. 'Away from light steals home my heavy son,... ...read more.


At the begining of act 2 sc4 Benvolio and Mercutio call Romeo things like 'mad' and 'dead'. He soon enters and proves them wrong by joining in with their bawdy pun duelling. Mercutio notices the change in Romeo and comments 'Now art thou sociable now art thou Romeo'. Romeo is now portrayed as a more positive character. Romeo's new found happiness now proves his love for Juliet to be even more believable. This happiness will not last long. When the Friar is marrying them his tone of voice says something is going to go wrong. 'These violent delights have violent ends.' In act 3 sc1 Romeo meets his violent end. He enters in good spirits but Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) is not. He has challenged Romeo to a sword fight. Tybalt provokes him by calling him 'Villain' Romeo resists and claims 'I never injured thee but love thee better.' Romeo says to Tybalt 'good Capulet which name I tender as dearly as mine own be satisfied' Romeo is unknowingly further insulting Tybalt. Mercutio thinks Romeo is being a coward 'oh calm dishonourable vile submission'. Honour is big theme in the play and to defend Romeo's honour Mercutio fought Tybalt. Unfortunately Romeo interfered and Mercutio was stabbed under his arm. Mercutio dies while punning everyone think he is joking. When he actually collapses everyone realises. When Romeo realises Mercutio is dead he says 'thy beauty has made me effeminate'. ...read more.


Throughout the play Romeo's one-minded way of thinking didn't change. When he is lovesick for Rosaline he fails to see any other way to live except morosely. When he receives news of his banishment he fails to see he is lucky to be alive. Again he is one -minded when he receives news of Juliet's death but on this occasion he is mature because it is regarding his wife. Also he is not reacting in a hysteric way like the previous events. There is a strong determined passion driving him now to commit suicide to be with his wife, Juliet. Fate is what caused the tragedy; right form the beginning it was by chance the servant did not know how to read and Romeo read the invitations and went to the party this is where he met Juliet. Then the prologue begins to come to life. Throughout the play they are subtle hints that there is a tragedy about to take place. For example when Romeo is leaving Juliet for the last time. Juliet has a premonition so does Romeo. Both think the other is looking pale .She says 'now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb'. Again fate is talking. Nothing that anyone did could have changed that. Still the lovers were destined to be together and they are. Even if Romeo did not commit suicide fate would have caught up with him later. Saher Ali Candidate no.9031 ...read more.

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