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Romeo and Juliet: Character Analysis

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Romeo and Juliet
In this prezi, we'll discuss 5 different characters in the book of Romeo and Juliet, and see how they've developed throughout the book as a character.
Tybalt Capulet
Juliet Capulet
by Cayden and Kyle
Friar Lawrence
Romeo and Juliet: Character Analysis
Friar Lawrence
Friar Lawrence
Romeo is apart of the Montague family, which has had a family rivalry from the very beginning. He is one of the main characters of the book, Romeo and Juliet, and proves to be the main protagonist of the story.

Even though the book takes place within a timeline of four days, Romeo develops a maturity over time, in view to love.

The book introduces us to Rosaline, who appears to be Romeo's love. However, his love for Rosaline could be described as, childish, or just an infatuation. Do keep in mind that Romeo is only a teenager.

He acts immature over his love for Rosaline, and we can see that when he says, "O, teach me how I should forget to think!" [Shakespeare, (1.i.227)] Benvolio begs him to listen to his advice and to forget about Rosaline, nevertheless, Romeo is caught up in his daydreams.

Romeo’s love matures within these four days from the childish desire to be in love to a real passion.
We can see proof of this when he speaks about Juliet, "

"O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." (1.v.1)

We see Romeo now has a deep love for Juliet, more profound then his mere infatuation for Juliet.
Juliet is the daughter of rich Capulet, and is also one of the most important characters within the story.

She too is able to develop as a character within the short span of the books timeline.

In the beggining, Juliet is portrayed as a little girl, only being of fourteen years of age. Consequently, Juliet is very impulsive, quick and rash in her decisions.

"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet." (2.ii.75)

Only after seeing Romeo, and being with him for not even a day, she is willing to do whatever she wills just to be able to be with Romeo.

During the book, Juliet matures into a more woman like position. She is able to develop patience.
Tybalt is part of the family of the Capulets. He is a defining character in the book of Romeo and Juliet.

Tybalt tends to proudly attack anyone who offends him, due to the fact that he is one of the best swordsman in all of Verona. We see this, during the Capulet party.

When Tybalt sees that Romeo, a Montague is at the party, he insists that he beat up Romeo in front of everyone. Capulet prevents him from beating up Romeo for crashing the Capulet's masked ball, and he promises to bash in Romeo's skull at a later date: "I will withdraw but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall" (1.v.6)

Tybalt's aggressiveness, will ironically be the reason for his death. "What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward" (1.i.5) Tybalt then encounters Mercutio, killing him. However, this enrages Romeo, which results in retaliation and therefore, Tybalt's death.

Friar Lawrence is another important character in the story of Romeo and Juliet. He is one who many can say is the cause of the tragedies related in the book of Romeo and Juliet, even though he had the right intentions.

"Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!
Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear,
So soon forsaken? young men's love then lies
Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes." (2.iii.16)

We see here Friar Lawrence is giving advice to Romeo, presuming that he is moving to fast in his decision to marry Juliet and easily forgetting about Rosaline.

Throughout the book, he gives such advice which, Romeo and Juliet do not seem to heed as important. As a result of this, Romeo and Juliet come to a tragic ending.

"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume: the sweetest honey
Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
And in the taste confounds the appetite:
Therefore love moderately; long love doth so;
Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow." (2.iv.157)

Friar Lawrence gives one last warning and piece of advice to Romeo and Juliet before he unwillingly weds the two of them.

Mercutio is cousin of Romeo, but is neither apart of the house of Montague, or Capulet. He just enjoys being apart of the family feud. He also plays a vital role in Romeo and Juliet, being the cause for one of the tragedies within the story, being his own death.

If you look at the character of Mercutio, you can tell that he is opposed to the idea of love. When Romeo is complaining over his infatuation for Rosaline, Mercutio responds blatantly, "If love be rough with you, be rough with love; Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down." (1.iv.4)

Mercutio, also has a deep hate for woman. We can see this in the way he treated the nurse in the city of Verona, or how he described Rosaline in a mean, vulgar soliloquy,

"I must conjure him.
I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes,
By her high forehead and her scarlet lip,
By her fine foot, straight leg and quivering thigh and the demesnes that there adjacent lie,
That in thy likeness thou appear to us! (2.i.1)
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