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With reference to three scenes in the playhow does Romeo's Language and behavior change? And how does the audience's view of him alter?

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With reference to three scenes in the play how does Romeo's Language and behavior change? And how does the audience's view of him alter? Montague and Benvolio's description of Romeo's behavior tells the audience about his character. Benvolio, talking to Lady Montague, tells her that while he was out walking before dawn with a troubled mind, he sees Romeo out walking too. Upon seeing Benvolio, Romeo flees into the woods, and Benvolio goes his separate way: "Towards him I made, but he was ware of me, And stole into the cover of the wood." This implies that Romeo has deliberately avoided Benvolio and suggests that he wishes to be alone and does not want to talk. Montague further adds that it is not the first time Romeo has been seen out walking in the early morning with tears in his eyes: "Many a morning hath he been seen, With tears augmenting the fresh morning's dew." Romeo appears to be a very unhappy and emotional young man, who cannot sleep at night and seeks isolation during the day. Montague continues; "Away from light steals home my heavy son, And private in his chamber pens himself." This gives a strong image of a cage, like a prison. Romeo locks himself away; "Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, And makes himself an artificial night." Romeo seems to follow a routine of night time walking, and daytime isolation when he shuts his windows and locks out the light, feeling sorry for himself and wallowing in his self pity, almost turning a blind eye to the world. ...read more.


Romeo has not yet told Benvolio who he loves. Romeo jokes in a way are mocking love, this shows the audience of his insincerity toward his love for Rosalind. This suggests that he has given up on his love for Rosalind because if he were in love with Rosalind he would not be joking about it, he would be trying to convince Benvolio of his love. Romeo, after locking himself away has promptly changed his tune and now dominates the conversation with Benvolio. We know this because he talks a lot more than Benvolio. He believes that he knows a lot more on the subject of love and implies that Benvolio is a 'follower' and does not understand, also by being witty he is showing off. Romeo's remarks make out that he is the unfortunate party and by creating a scene he gets the attention he seeks and makes everyone feel sorry for him. In act 1 scene 5, at Capulet's party, Romeo sees Juliet for the first time and there is a noticeable and dramatic change in his language. Previous to this scene there was a lot of talk about darkness in Romeos language, he talks about himself and how he feels depressed and sad. But the first time he sees Juliet he talks about her constantly, praises her and is genuinely in awe of her. ...read more.


The wound is not as wide as a church door, suggests that he will be able to fit through the church door at his funeral in his coffin; and if they ask for him tomorrow they will find him a grave man which gives us the impression that he will die and they will be burying him tomorrow but also the fact that he may die a grave man, sad and unhappy. Mercutio's last words are spoken as a curse: "...A plague o' both your houses!" Mercutio repeats this several times throughout his joking and also upon his death. A dying mans curse is considered to come true and would be taken very seriously. When Romeo realizes that Mercutio is dead he is shocked and angry because he knows that it should have been him. This was nothing to do with Mercutio and Romeo is traumatized because he believed that Mercutio was joking and suddenly comprehends that he is dead. Romeos behavior has changed dramatically in the scenes that we have studied. He has gone from a self indulged, reckless, irrational, explosive and sulky disposition, through to an outward looking, complimentary personality who praises Juliet and in addition, obsesses over her. He is also at times a little irrational when he takes on the mannerisms of those who surround him. With Mercutio's death he then changes to a wild and avenge-full person. He acts as though he is a coin, calm and collected one moment but as if flipped, to an un-reliable character at any time. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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