Romeo's Change Throughout the Play Essay

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Romeo's Change Throughout the Play I feel that Romeo does not change very much in this play. He has many sides to his personality; he can be happy, sad and depressed but what really causes him to die is his impulsiveness; he does not think of the consequences of his actions and thinks that everything is down to fate/destiny. For example, at the beginning of the play, Romeo feels miserable because the woman he admires does not return her love. Romeo knows that the woman he desires, Rosaline, will not fall in love with him, yet he is certain that he will not love anybody else. In the beginning of the play, Romeo states to Benvolio; "…Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!" Here…show more content…
The all-seeing sun Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun." He is certain that no one can compare to Rosaline. Shakespeare emphasises Romeo's young age here because he is emotionally impulsive, maybe because of his great admiration for love. However, Romeo does not believe it is possible to fall in love with another woman and yet - when he goes to the Capulet's ball and sees Juliet, it is love at first sight. He says; "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." Shakespeare is showing us that Romeo falls in love too easily. However the Friar says; "Young men's love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes// Wisely and slow: they stumble that run fast// These violent delights have violent ends." Shakespeare gives us a hint there that this love affair is bound to end in tragedy because the Friar shows that it may not be real love and that Romeo is rushing into the affair without realising the consequences of him being a Montague and Juliet being a Capulet. This emphasises to the audience that he is being impulsive. He is impulsive when he falls 'in love' with Rosaline and then he is impulsive in his feelings for Juliet. Even when Romeo finds out Juliet is a Capulet, we see how Romeo does not think rationally, because he used to be a good
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