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Romeo and Juliet - In this play of the two star-crossed lovers I will be discussing one of the main characters, in this case Romeo.

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ESSAY In this play of the two star-crossed lovers I will be discussing one of the main characters, in this case Romeo. Romeo changes his character eight times during the play, from being a son to being an outlaw. Romeo's characters in order of appearance are: son, lover, husband, murderer (twice), being banished, widower, outlaw, and suicide. These eight different roles add and create suspense throughout the play. Language is essential in the play especially in Romeo's development as a character, because it is through words and speech that we found out his inner most thoughts, feelings and conflicts. The setting develops Romeo's dramatic contributions (different roles and further development of character) in the play by creating suspense, tense feelings and the plot of the play. The suspense is created by the fast moving play. The action and romance happened over four days and then the two leading characters, Romeo and Juliet committed suicide for each other's love. The setting for this scene was in a church. This creates tension because the church creates the "I wonder what will happen next" feeling. Most of the play is set in Verona, but was concluded in Montua. ...read more.


The relationship between Romeo and Juliet matures him. In Act 3 Scene 1 he actually tries to get out of a fight between the Montague's and Capulets: 'Villain I am none - therefore farewell.' Another sign of Romeo's maturity is when he refuses to respond to the taunts of Tybalt. That in itself shows maturity, because it is always harder to turn the other cheek. He is in a wonderful mood because of his relationship with Juliet and he is also no longer the sort of 'lad' who likes a fight for the sake of it. It is a great shame that this doesn't work with Tybalt! Of course, he then fights Tybalt, because of the death of Mercutio, but pulls himself from his despair at his banishment to follow the Friar's plan and, no doubt, would have survived and loved Juliet had the train of events not taken their tragic turn. Despite his killing of Tybalt he still tries to maintain his relationship with Juliet. This is evident in the mature way in which they carefully plan their future. I doubt it is Juliet who changes him, but rather the relationship that he has with her that changes him. ...read more.


Dreams help Romeo to make a dramatic contribution to the play. In Act 1 Scene 4, he dreamt that something would happen that night at the Capulet feast that would lead to his untimely death. Later he dreamt that he had died and Juliet revived him with kisses. This is mostly foreshadowing what is to come. Romeo also shows a very determined side to his nature. Death to him is better than being separated from his Juliet, and he has no hesitation in getting poison and going to her tomb to die when he believes she's dead. No one will stand in his way, and he even kills Paris so that he can be with her. The timing of their deaths, with Juliet waking when Romeo has just died has a very dramatic impact as well. Romeo returns to die with his wife Juliet. Perhaps this shows immaturity and he should have reconciled himself to what he believed to be her death. Yet, you could argue that his decision to make the ultimate sacrifice, his own life, to join Juliet in death is a sign that he has grown from boy to man. His acknowledgement of how much he needed her is a sign of being older, more truly sensitive and more mature. ...read more.

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