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What do we learn about the character of Romeo during Romeo and Juliet, and how does Shakespeare present him? Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, examines the way Romeo's life changes

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Gabby Ajibola, 10H 8th March, 2006 What do we learn about the character of Romeo during Romeo and Juliet, and how does Shakespeare present him? Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, examines the way Romeo's life changes when he meets Juliet. At first, Romeo loves a girl called Rosaline who does not return his love. This leaves him very devastated and moody. However, when he goes to a party at Lord Capulet's house, he meets Juliet and he then becomes happier and more mature because they fall in love with each other. Additionally, Shakespeare explores the themes of hate and conflict in this play. For example, the two families that Romeo and Juliet are from both hate each other very badly. Throughout the play, I will be showing you the contrast between courtly love and true love, and how Romeo changes. At the beginning of the play, we learn about Romeo from Montague that Romeo's love for Roseline is not true love at all, and Shakespeare demonstrates that Romeo's love is unhealthy and destructive. ...read more.

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Following Lord Montague conversation with Benvolio, Romeo arrives on stage and explains how he feels. Shakespeare portrays Romeos mood of anger and depression through the use of oxymoron. This can be seen in the image "coldire". Here the word 'cold' suggests that Romeo is isolated and depressed. On the other hand 'fire' suggests that Romeo is young and passionate. This, the oxymoron demonstrates to the audience that Romeo keeps on having ups and downs and that his love for Rosaline is not true because it does not light up but it is very cold. Similarly, the oxymoron, 'sickhealth', illustrates that Romeo is very troubled because Roseline does not love him back. On the other hand the word 'sick' suggests that Romeo is unwell and does not feel too great. However, the word 'health' suggests that there is still hope for Romeo to be better and happy. However when Romeo meets Juliet, he falls in love with Juliet at first sight, we see this in the image, "palm to palm". ...read more.

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At first Shakespeare presents him as a jovial, beaming, peaceful person. We see this in the lines: "I do protest I never injured thee bet love thee better". Here the word "love" suggests that he is more matured to tell tybalt that he does not want to fight anymore. Romeo's friends and family are shocked and disappointed with Romeo because he called a truce to the fighting. However, Romeo is forced to change when he sees the death of his best friend mercutio. Shakespeare illustrates this is seen through the words "This day's black fate on more days both depend, this but begins the use others must end" this demonstrates to the reader that he is responsible for mercutio death and he caused it, he says that the death of mercutio is unfinished. Similarly, the words, "now, Tybalt, take the 'villain' back again" this portrays that Romeo's immature side has been revealed, because when he first came he was calm but know he is back to normal because he uses the word 'villain'. This makes Romeo guilty and angry with the result that he was holding back mercutio when he wanted to defend himself. ...read more.

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