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Psychoanalytical Analysis of Romeo and Juliet

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Jaida Qualls

on 17 May 2014

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Psychoanalytical Analysis of Romeo and Juliet
Romeo's Id
Romeo is in love with the idea of being in love. He sees a girl that he considers beautiful and declares himself in love with her without even knowing her. The only thing that factors into his decsion is physical appearance and it has nothing to do with the actual person. Romeo wants love and to be in love with someone beautiful.
Romeo's Ego
Romeo basically doesn't even have a ego. He is ruled by his id 90% of the time and his super ego 10% of the time. This happens because his non existent ego doesn't keep them in check.
Romeo's Super Ego
Romeo is not balanced and if he doesn't get what he wants,(the id) he then becomes ruled by his super ego and resorts to death. He does not have any emotional or mental maturity and reacts to his super ego saying he can't have something by thinking death is his only way out.
Character Traits
Examples of Traits
Impulsive- "O' she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon to cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear." Romeo quickly changed his love from Rosaline to Juliet once he sees Juliet.
Charisma- "My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself because it is an enemy to thee had I it written I would tear the word." Romeo says that to Juliet to reveal his charisma.
The other characters in the play think of Romeo as a well mannered, respectful, easy tempered youth man. This is shown by Capulet saying "And, to say truth, Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well governed youth." Capulet says that everyone who talks of him sings his praises.
Dynamic and Static
As a character Romeo is both static and dynamic. Romeo is static because he doesn't mature or change in his emotions and reactions. But he is also dynamic because he changes in his mood and who he loves. Romeo at first loved Rosaline and was depressed and lived in the dark, then he loved Juliet and was joyful and said she is like the sun.
The author portrays Romeo as immature, needy and impulsive.
We can infer that Romeo is thoughtless, selfish, brave, and charismatic.
But the characters react to Romeo as is he was fragile, friendly, and reasonable.
View of Self
Romeo thinks he is a brave, handsome, rich, noble romantic.
In the play there is romantic, family oriented, friendship, protective, deceitful, and manipulative relationships in the play.
Juliet is compared to the sunwhich means day, light and truth. She is also called a snowy dove which symbolizes pure peace.
Rosaline is compared to the moon which means dark, sadness, and deceit. She is also called Diana, the goddess of chastity who fended off Cupid.
Love and Hate
In the play there are thin lines between love and hate. Capulet switched between the two the second Juliet didn't want to do what she was told and switched again when she "died". Also Romeo claimed to love Rosaline but as soon as he sees Juliet he starts basically bad mouthing Rosaline and saying that she is nothing great.
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