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Romeo and Juliet What do you think about the way Romeo behaves in this scene and what do you learn about his character?

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet What do you think about the way Romeo behaves in this scene and what do you learn about his character? This scene is a major turning point of the play after Tybalt and Mercutio are killed. Then all the action is concentrated on Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare intentionally sets the scene in a hot stuffy day, so he can get rid of two of the people who would interfere with Romeo and Juliet love. Benvolio knows that there is going to be a brawl because of the conditions. "For now these hot days is the mad blood stirring. " Here Benvolio is telling Mercutio something is going to happen and of course there is a fight with disastrous consequences. We get earlier clues that Romeo doesn't like violence. Like when there was a brawl at the beginning of the play. "What fray was here?" He doesn't like it too much and he hates fighting with the Capulet's. "There's much to do with hate." ...read more.

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To show this he gets married with Juliet. "That last is true, the sweeter rest was mine." He is saying he wants to get married to Juliet and wants to forget about Rosaline. "I have forgot that name, and that name's woe." In this scene the priest is exceedingly confused because Romeo has fallen in love with another girl so quickly. This again shows that Romeo is indecisive. When Benvolio says to Mercutio that it is a hot day and there is going to be a fight. "We shall not scape a brawl." You know here that there is going to be a fight with someone. When Tybalt walks into the scene he is looking for Romeo, to have a fight with him. For his luck Romeo didn't want him a fight. "Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee." Romeo is saying he loves Tybalt and he doesn't want to fight because he has just married Tybalt's cousin Juliet. His mood just has been the same since the start of the play, peaceful and calm. ...read more.

Conclusion

After he has won the fight, he also changes his mood quickly. Instead of celebrating his win for Mercutio he is devastated because he has just killed his cousin. "O, I am fortune's fool." He finds out what he has just done. In this scene it is clearly shows that Romeo's mood can change quickly. His language can differ as well. If we look at the first two speeches in this scene we can see a lot of words associated with peace and caring. "Love thee.", "I never injured thee.", "Good Capulet, which name I tender." All these words are sympathetic and thoughtful words. But straight after Mercutio dies his words all change into anger. "My reputation stain'd" He doesn't like Tybalt now and wants to kill him. "Take the "villan" back." Romeo is telling Tybalt to take his insults back; early in the scene he didn't care about it. Here again shows he can change his mind quickly. At the end of the scene Romeo knows that when he killed Tybalt it was going to ruin the rest of his life and he is going to regret it through out the rest of the play. Hari-Om Nimavat 11LP Page 5 of 5 ...read more.

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