Romeo's Character Development

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Romeo’s character develops at different stages throughout the play, which can be seen through his language and actions. His developments can be seen through many devices, such as his actions and his language. The development that can be seen through his actions, for example, is that of when he slays Tybalt. It brings out a whole new character- the Romeo that avenges his friend’s death, the Romeo that will stop at nothing to do this. The development that can be seen through his language, for example, is the language, which he uses to describe Rosaline at the beginning of the play. He objectifies her, by only describing her outer beauty. While the love he has for Juliet has more depth and goes beyond outer beauty. At the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, we see there is a conversation going on between Benvolio, Romeo’s friend, and Montague, Romeo’s father. We learn from this conversation, that Romeo has been acting distraught and feeling upset and lonely recently, so that he is like "the bud bit with an envious worm, Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air, Or dedicate his beauty to the sun" (1.1.151-153). When we first meet Romeo, in this scene, he behaves lovesick and lovelorn. He talks about love, and how it is unfair that the pining love that he has for Rosaline is not being reciprocated. Romeo tells Benvolio that he is "Out of her favour, where I am in love" (1.1.168). Romeo describes the love he is experiencing, as a hopeless crush. "This love feel I, that feel no love in this" (1.1.182-183), which means that he feels love, but is not in love with being in love. In Act 1 Scene 2, Romeo speaks about his love for Rosaline. He describes his love as being "Shut up in prison, kept without my food, Whipp'd and tormented" (1.2.54-56). He is not happy at all that his love is not being returned. But, as soon as hears that Rosaline will be attending the Capulet ball, he cheers up, as they decide to gatecrash the party. He challenges Benvolio to compare her beauty to any other girl. "When the devout religion of mine eye Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fires; And these Romeo's , who often drown'd could never die, Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars!" (1.2.88-91). Romeo is saying that his eyes religiously worship Rosaline, so that they could not tell the lie that there is a lady more beautiful than Rosaline. His obsession with her outer beauty extends to him comparing her to the sun. “One fairer than my love! The all-seeing sun, Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun” (1.2.92-93). The impression one gets of Romeo in Act 1 Scene 4 is that he is sill pining over Rosaline. "Give me a torch: I am not for this ambling; Being but heavy, I will bear the light" (1.4.11-12). This means that torchbearers do not dance or wear masks. He is too upset to go to the Capulet ball and dance. He is being a party-pooper, and why? Because he's "heavy," and depressed. He is superstitious and refuses to go to the Capulet ball. Romeo says he had a dream, though he does not say anything about what the dream was. Mercutio replies that it was "That
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dreamers often lie" (1.4.51), and Romeo wittily finishes Mercutio's sentence by saying, "In bed asleep, while they do dream things true" (1.4.52). I think his friend regard his behaviour as silly and they believe that he is just spoiling everybody’s fun. Romeo’s character changes in Act 1 Scene 5, when he and his friends, Mercutio and Benvolio arrive at the Ball. Romeo is searching for Rosaline, but instead sets his eyes on Juliet. He is instantly taken away with her beauty and charisma. "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this ...

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