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Was Romeo a Traditional Romantic Hero? Romeo and Juliet is a play in which Shakespeare shows us a variety of views of love.

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Was Romeo a Traditional Romantic Hero? Romeo and Juliet is a play in which Shakespeare shows us a variety of views of love. The play could not be possible without the two lovers (Romeo M. and Juliet C.) and the ancient grudge of the two households, the Montague's and the Capulets. The play is set in four days though Shakespeare frames each scene as though it is a life time of love. My idea of a romantic hero is when a boy really tries to win over a girl and in the end rides off with her into the sun set, saving her from any danger she is in. I am not quite sure if Romeo does this. We start the play with Romeo desperately in love with Rosaline (another member of the Capulet family). It seems that Romeo falls in love very easily! However Shakespeare does not go into very much detail of Rosaline`s view of Romeo's love for her. Instead we only hear Romeo's opinion of her. Act 1Scene 2, Romeo "Out of her favour, where I am in love" Romeo seems initially quite romantic towards Rosaline.

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His earlier feelings for Rosaline are dismissed Act 1 scene 5 Romeo "I never saw true beauty till this night" Romeo even questions if Rosaline was just all in his mind not his heart. Romeo "Did my heart love till now" I could argue that Romeo going rapidly from one girl to another whilst claiming that he had fallen in love with both isn't quite traditional romantic behaviour. My idea of a romantic hero is one who falls in love, wins over the girl and loves only that girl. I feel however that Shakespeare wrote in Rosaline to emphasise Romeo and Juliet's act of falling in love and the significance of Romeo's passion for Juliet. I do feel also that Romeo can be a bit 'pushy'. Like the first time he kisses Juliet, "you kiss by the book", and when he proposes to her, Act 2 scene 2 "O wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied" Though some people would argue that he was being romantic by sweeping Juliet off her feet.

Conclusion

In my view of a traditional romantic hero, the hero would stay with his love till death or would take her with him. Instead Romeo runs away leaving Juliet. Act 3 Romeo "I must be gone and live, or stay and die" This line does not give a heroic image of Romeo who after sleeping with his wife leaves, choosing safety and survival over love. Juliet however feels that she cannot cope with out Romeo. Juliet "be not so long to speak. I long to die" After pressure from her family to marry Paris, a helpful friar tells her to take a potion that will enable her to act dead for two and forty hours and when she awakes Romeo will be there to take her away (the romantic thing to do). However Romeo gets the wrong message and thinks that Juliet is really dead, so goes to her side to kill himself to show his love for Juliet. This one action to me really does prove that Romeo, like most of us, does have his weaknesses, but is nevertheless a true traditional romantic hero. "Juliet I will lie with thee tonight." "Here's to my love! Thus with a kiss I die" "I love thee"

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