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Analysis of Romeo's Character.

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´╗┐Mohammed Naumann Romeo and Juliet ? Romeo and Juliet ? is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare. The author uses a variety of good points and bad points to describe his central character, Romeo. Some features we admire about Romeo whilst others we dislike. In this essay I shall examine both sides of Romeo?s character. One aspect of Romeo?s personality that I found rather irritating was his immaturity. Romeo acts childlike and Shakespeare?s use of oxymoron reinforces this idea: ? O brawling love, o loving hate?Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire?? Romeo is in love with Rosaline, a Capulet, Romeo is confused and in two minds about everything because he realises that the woman he loves, his dearest Rosaline, does not love him back. Romeo has secluded himself from his friends and family because of his predicament. From Romeo?s speech the reader learns that Romeo is quite spontaneous and tends to over-exaggerate things. ...read more.


Romeo again, as he has throughout the play over-exaggerated how much he feels about Juliet and her beauty. It is difficult for the reader to believe that Romeo feels this way about Juliet having just met her a few hours earlier. In contrast, Juliet is more practical and conservative. Juliet is unsure if Romeo actually loves her: ? O swear not by the moon, th? inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circled orb, lest thy prove likewise variable.? Juliet feels that Romeo?s head is not straight, Romeo is dreaming and not in the real world and is being childish. Juliet doubts that Romeo?s love is real and not just the spur of the moment.. Juliet fears that Romeo will change his mind just like the moon changes. From this scene the reader realises that Romeo is a dreamer who gets over-excited while Juliet is more practical and level-headed. ...read more.


Although Romeo?s reaction to banishment displays his immaturity and impetuousness, as the play reaches its climax, his positive qualities emerge. Romeo shows his true love for Juliet: ? Let me be ta?en, let me be put to death; I am so content, so thou wilt have it so.? After receiving the news of his banishment, Romeo is distraught and thinks he would rather die than leave Verona and Juliet, this shows the reader how much Romeo is in love with Juliet. From this scene the reader realises that throughout the play Romeo has been part a series of unfortunate events and the reader doubts if Romeo and Juliet will actually ever be together. When Romeo first sees Juliet ?dead? he is very impetuous and it is ironic how Juliet shows signs of life such as red cheeks and warm skin but Romeo does not realise this. In conclusion, Romeo has a mixture of good points - his bravery and maturity, as well as bad points such as his immaturity and impulsiveness. ...read more.

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