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Romeo and juliet anaylsis of romeo

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How does Shakespeare present Romeo's character? Refer especially to Act 1 scene 5 and Act 3 scene 1 Nikki Symeon 10C/A2 In this piece of coursework I am going to discuss the character of Romeo especially in Act 1 scene 5 and Act 3 scene 1. Romeo and Juliet is a typical tragic Shakespeare play. Shakespeare wrote many plays and Romeo and Juliet being one of the very famous ones, was even made into a film. Most of Shakespeare's tragedies feature the subjects of love and death, and were performed in Shakespeare's own theatre the Globe. Romeo and Juliet is set in the Italian city of Verona in Elizabethan times. Romeo is one of the main characters in the play. He is a young man from the Montague family, one of the two feuding families. Romeo falls in love with Juliet, daughter of the other feuding family, the Capulets. The first time we encounter Romeo in the play we see him as a rather love sick, troubled young man. Romeo is confused about his love for a girl named Rosaline and thinks he is madly in love with her. This kind of love he feels for Rosaline is more like a crush (courtly love) ...read more.


Imagery of religion is used whilst Romeo and Juliet are speaking. As they talk it is as if the lovers are playing a sort of love game. Juliet says "Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer." This means that saints and pilgrims must use their lips to pray. Juliet may be hinting that if Romeo wants a kiss he's going to have to ask for it. Romeo realizes this and says "O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do: They pray: grant thou, lest faith turn to despair." He's asking for permission to let his lips pray and kiss. Romeo and Juliet kiss for the first time. Romeo expresses his happiness and says "Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged" which means that kiss has cleansed him of sin. Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet (love at first sight). Throughout this scene Romeo uses lots of metaphors, for example "my lips, two blushing pilgrims." The way he talks is very deep. He plays a kind of love game with Juliet and is very charming. Romeo may sound incredibly soppy whilst he is talking, but he is not. Talking in this way and relating to religion was very popular at this time. ...read more.


Romeo's anger and desire for vengeance triumphs over his love for Juliet. Romeo says before he fights Tybalt "fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!" He is furious and uses personification to represent his rage. After haven killed Tybalt Romeo is distraught and says "O, I am fortunes fool" relating to the scene being fate. Romeo is banished from Verona by the prince to another city state of Italy called Mantua. Romeo wants to kill himself when he finds out because he won't be able to be with Juliet. This could suggest that Romeo rushes into things without thinking them through properly, he tells the nurse that he is going to stab himself. After studying the play and analyzing these two scenes very carefully I have come to the conclusion that Romeo is a kind-hearted, good man. He did not want to kill Tybalt. He is generous and kind to his friends, and when he kills Paris he is very depressed. I think falling in love with Juliet helps Romeo to grow up. At the beginning of the play he feels sorry for himself and has self pity. At the end he thinks of Juliet and not himself. When he kills himself it is to be reunited with her. Romeo is very rash and lets his emotions take over him whether it is falling in love or fighting for vengeance. ...read more.

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