Character Analysis of Romeo Essay

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Character Analysis of Romeo

Romeo and Juliet is a tale of two star-crossed lovers who in their love for each other were willing to sacrifice their lives.

Romeo is a very temperamental person; his character develops considerably throughout the play in various ways. In this essay I shall be looking closely at Romeo’s character, his intentions & abilities and his relationship with other characters in the play.

In the conversation between Benvolio and Montague in act 1 scene 1, we learn that Romeo is behaving strangely and avoiding his friends, “Towards him I made, but he was ware of me and stole into the covert of the woods.” In this sentence Benvolio is explaining to Lady Montague that when
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Meaning that she does not love him and she has Dian’s wit. Dian is the goddess of hunting and chasity, she avoids Cupid’s arrows ; from this we learn that Rosaline has no intention of loving him or any other man. This is further proven when Romeo confirms Benvolio’s question that she has sworn to remain a virgin.

Romeo goes on to say that his love is misplaced because Rosaline has rejected him. Romeo compares his love to Rosaline as a devote religion. His words seem mature which belies his actions, which is often irresponsible and immature.

Even when his love has been rejected, Romeo still feels heavy with the burden of love. His friends didn’t take his love seriously, they thought it was humorous, silly and later on exasperating. Romeo is hurt by Rosaline ‘s rejections and perhaps by his friends’ indifference towards his love. We learn this when he quotes “… love pricks like thorn…”.

But Mecrutio does not feel melancholy about love. He views love in a physical sense more than emotional, he advises rather crudely “ If love be rough with you, be rough with love”.

Romeo’s actions and words in act 1 scene 5 make us doubt if he has been in love at all, or just thinking pretending to be in love. He himself doubts it “did my heart love till now? Foreswear it, sight for I ne, er saw true beauty till this night.” By his words we gather that He
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