Changes in Romeo in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Changes in Romeo in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet After an emotional fight at the start of the play, the mood is brought down by the introduction of a love sick Montague by the name of Romeo. Throughout 'Romeo and Juliet,' Romeo's character goes through a number of changes, he matures from a self-absorbed child into a mature young man thanks to the trial and tribulations he encounters and overcomes in the play. Romeo is a very romantic character, but at the beginning of the play, the extent of his love is that of a teenager. He is infatuated with Rosaline, and due to her lack of love back, he childishly becomes depressed, locking himself in his room to in some foolish effort to get…show more content…
Romeo uses lots of religious imagery and language when trying too woo Juliet. "My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." (Act 1.5 94-95) Romeo is now infatuated with Juliet. He has gone from being incurably depressed, to being totally in love. The first signs of change in Romeo's character are apparent in act 2. He is no longer depressed, but now playful and happy. Romeo thinks that Juliet is his dream girl and can't believe that it's not all a dream. "O blessèd blessèd night! I am afeard, Being in night, all this is but a dream Too-flattering sweet to be substantial." (Act 2.2 139-141) Romeo takes a mature step forward when he speaks to the friar about marrying Juliet even though he is a bit child-likely excited about the marriage. "Oh let us hence, I stand on sudden haste." (Act 2.3 93) Romeo is a scheming character. He has a plot ready so that it is possible for him and Juliet to marry at Friar Lawrence's. "Bid her devise Some means to come to shrift this afternoon, And there she shall at Friar Lawrence's cell Be shrived and married." (Act 2.4 148-150) Even Romeo's kinsmen remark on such a big change in Romeo's mood when he becomes playful and makes jokes. "Swits and spurs,
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