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The Trouble with Romeo.

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The Trouble with Romeo Everyone has heard of Romeo: the romantic hero, the doomed lover of Juliet, the tragic victim of 'star crossed' love. However, having studied the play there is more to Romeo than just the popular conception. One may argue that there's a less attractive side to Romeo, immature, impulsive, self-indulgent and inconsistent. At the start of the play we show his good points. Romeo has some good qualities however these are very respectable qualities. Capulet describes Romeo as being a well-governed youth who Verona brags about. Meaning that Romeo is a highly thought of young man in Verona and that Tybalt should just let him be. Romeo's best quality is that he stays out of the fighting that troubles the two families. His attitude towards the fighting is that of, "yet tell me not, for I've heard it all." Romeo does not go and fight with the rest of the Montague's but stays secluded and solitary, away from the fighting. He disapproves of the fighting and sees it as a pointless action of the long quarrel. However, Romeo has some bad qualities as well as his good. Romeo acts just like a typical teenager, characteristic adolescent behaviour. ...read more.


He is immediately infatuated with Juliet. This love then moves the two infatuated teenagers into a young, secret marriage that no-one can find out about or there love for each other will be stopped. Romeo's biggest weakness is that he is governed by his emotions. All of his actions are linked to his emotions, his hot-headedness and being banished is a result of his friendship and his death is a result of his love. When Romeo and Juliet get married they get a warning from Friar Lawrence. This warning is accurate and proved, "Wisely and slow: they stumble that run fast." when they're quick to get married troubles start coming. Just before Mercutio dies, after Romeo and Juliet are married, Tybalt approaches Romeo and insults him, looking for trouble. Yet Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt and says, "And so, good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as my own". I think that Tybalt is shocked at what Romeo says. Then Mercutio Fights for Romeo's honour, Romeo tries to break up the fight and say's that it is against the Prince's decree. When Romeo tries to become the peacemaker Tybalt strikes and slays Mercutio, when Mercutio dies he blames Romeo for coming between them and says that he might live have he not come between them. ...read more.


When he takes his own life he is acting in his haste yet, he thinks he is making his final, grand, symbolic gesture of love for Juliet. He thinks that he must die next to Juliet to make sure that he will stay with her forever. This is also to show his undying love for Juliet. Yet his haste/emotions are his down fall. If only he had waited, the Friar would have explained the situation and he would now be with his Love. Friar Lawrence also warned about this happening. "Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow" meaning that to be too quick for something can be just as bad as being slow too do something. Getting married early to Juliet could be a big mistake for him in the long run. My final verdict of Romeo is that he lets his emotions govern everything he does and he does not think in advance of the consequences of his actions. He is hotheaded, all of what he does, is fair enough to say, adolescent, teenager behaviour. Yet he also plays the peacemaker at times and is also very mature about all of the fighting, because of the ancient grudge. I also think that he doesn't really care much for the old quarrel and agrees when the Prince passes his decree of peace in Verona. ...read more.

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