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What do we learn about the character of Romeo during Romeo and Juliet, and how does Shakespeare present him

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Introduction

What do we learn about the character of Romeo during Romeo and Juliet, and how does Shakespeare present him? Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is a play which examines the way Romeos life changes when he meets a girl called Juliet. At first Romeo loves a girl called Rosaline who does not love him back this leaves him very devastated and moody. But when he goes to a party he meets Juliet and he then get better through the play because they fall in love with each other. The family that Romeo and Juliet are from both hates each other very bad. Through the play I will be showing you the contrast in this play. 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 examining the character of Romeo and how Romeo changes At the beginning of the play we learn about Romeo from ...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 "cold fire". Here the word 'cold' suggests that Romeo is isolated and upbeat. 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, he is very confused by his extreme feelings. Similarly, the oxymoron, 'Sick Health', illustrates that Romeo is very troubled because Roseline does not return his love. On the other hand the word 'sick' suggests that Romeo is unwell. 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.

Conclusion

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 and the use of repetition. Romeo 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. 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 she 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. Gabby ajibola ...read more.

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