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ROMEO AND JULIET When we first meet Romeo, a lovesick young man infatuated with Rosalyn confronts us. However, during the course of the play, and as a result of his growing love for Juliet, he is increasingly forced to take responsibilities for himself and his actions. By the end of the play he is a very different and mature man from the boy we first encountered. Romeo, son of lord Montague, is a very well known and respected person. Even his sworn enemies, the Capulet speak highly of him. We see that in the play Romeo and Juliet there are many continuous inner struggles. Romeo's character undergoes several changes in the course of the play's action. At first he's pictured as a typical youth smitten by love. We find this out whilst his father's talking to benvolio in act 1 scene 1. His father's description of him in effect is a description of a troubled child who is shutting the world out. "Many a morning hath he there been seen, with tears augmenting the fresh morning's dew, adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs"... "Away from light steals home my heavy son, and private in his chamber pens himself, shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, and makes himself an artificial night". This implies to us that there is something most certainly wrong with Romeo at this point, as this isn't normal behaviour. He seems to be hiding away and not socialising with anyone. There is definitely something on his mind that he isn't sharing with anyone else, and it is affecting his character. Both benvolio and Romeo's father are concerned about Romeo as he is now, due to his depressive behaviour. He is keeping to himself and is shunning the company of others. ...read more.


Meanwhile Romeo and Juliet meet. They instantly exchange their feelings for each other and begin to kiss. In the conversation between the two, Romeo uses a metaphor to say that his lips are "... two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." Juliet is called away by her nurse, and Romeo is left with a complete character change. After first kissing Juliet, she tells him "you kiss by the book," meaning that he kisses according to the rules, and implying that whilst proficient, his kissing lacks originality. In reference to Rosalyn, it seems, Romeo loves by the book. Rosalyn, of course, slips from Romeo's mind at first sight of Juliet. But Juliet is no mere replacement. The love he shares with Juliet is far deeper, more authentic and unique than the clinched puppy love he felt for Rosalyn. Romeo's inner struggle begins in this scene with him falling in love with Juliet. Their two families, the Capulet and the Montague, hate each other and will not allow their children to socialise. Romeo must decide if he should go against their wishes to see her. Act 2 scene 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a romantic and poetically lavish scene. This emotionally abundant section of the play contains the love passages and fanciful imaginings of youth lovers. But while it is eloquent and delightful, it is also essential in detailing certain character developments, drawing attention to the recurring themes and setting the tone of the remaining play. Through out act 1 scene1 the characters of Romeo and Juliet reflect their ignorance about love and the union of marriage. Their immaturity is clearly depicted by Shakespeare, perhaps so act 2 would prove a greater contrast. ...read more.


I believe Romeo acted too stupidly and hastily, and it cost him his downfall. But on the other hand I can see why Romeo acted the way he did. Juliet was his life. She was very air he breathed to him. Romeo loved her more than anything, more than life itself. He couldn't bear never seeing her again, so he ended his life so that he could spend all of eternity with her. I believe that if someone loves someone else as much as Romeo loved Juliet, him killing himself was a justifiable cause. All this tragedy could have been avoided if Romeo didn't let his anger take control over him and cause him to slay Tybalt, or if he had just waited a day to kill himself. This is the reason why Romeo and Juliet is not one of the most romantic plays ever, but in fact one of the most sad and tragic ones ever written. In conclusion I believe there is a feeling of despair and true loss at the end of the play. He had overcome so many obstacles in his life to be with Juliet but in the end it all went to waste. He had tried so hard and come so far, but fate just never allowed him and Juliet to be together. Thanks to a sequence of unlucky events both Romeo and Juliet lost their lives, turning this play from sad to tragic. I believe that Romeo had reacted fairly well to Juliet's death considering the situation that he was in. The torture he was put through was unfair and no boy his age should go through it. Romeo has come a long way from the unsympathetic lovesick and self-absorbed character that we encountered in the first act. He had truly matured from boyhood to manhood. . ...read more.

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