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Romeo and Juliet Character Analysis

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Judy Xu Character Analysis
of Romeo Obsessive Superficial Hasty Fearless Melodramatic Distressed "Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o'er her fellow shows." (1.5.46-48) "One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun
Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun"
(1.2.92-93) "We met, we woo'd, and made exchange of vow,
I'll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray,
That thou consent to marry us today."
(2.3. 58-60) Romeo: "With love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls;
For stony limits cannot hold love out,
And what love can do, considering who thou art,
If any of my kinsmen are no stop to me" (2.2. 65-69)

Juliet: "If they do see thee they will murder thee." (2.2. 70)

Romeo: "Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
Than twenty of their swords! Look thou but sweet,
And I am proof against their enmity" (2.2. 71-73) "'Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here,
Where Juliet lives ; and every cat and dog
And little mouse, every unworthy thing,
Live here in heaven and may look on her.
But Romeo may not. More validity,
More honourable state, more courtship lives
In carrion flies than Romeo. They may seize
On the white wonder of dear Juliet's hand,
And steal immortal blessing from her lips,
Who, even in pure and vestal modesty,
Still blush, as thinking their own kisses sin.
But Romeo may not, he is banished.
Flies may do this, but I from this must fly
They are free men, but I am banished.
And sayest thou yet that exile is not death?
Hadst thou no poison mix'd, no sharp-ground knife,
No sudden mean of death, though ne'er so mean,
But 'banished' to kill me? 'Banished'!" (3.3. 29-46) "Why, such is love's transgression.
Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,
Which thou wilt propagate, to have it press'd
With more of thine. This love that thou hast shown
Doth add more grief to too much of mine own."
(1.1. 183-187) "Give me a torch. I don’t want to dance.
I feel sad, so let me be the one who carries the light"
(1.4. 11-12) "Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;
Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet." (1.1. 188-192) "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."
(1.5. 51-52) This quote demonstrates Romeo being distressed. Romeo is clearly in sorrow that Rosaline isn't admiring him back. Romeo is describing how his soul, which is Rosaline, is heavy on him. Therefore, his soles on his shoes are too heavy to be able to dance in. Romeo is also saying that since his friend's soul is light, they are able to dance because their sole is agile. With that being said, Romeo isn't going to be able to dance because of the heavy soul and sadness that has been brought upon him by loving a girl. Romeo is definitely over exaggerating during this speech in the friar's cell. The friar has told him that he is going to be banished and Romeo is excessively whining to the friar in how he can't be banished. Romeo also acts like the world is going to end because of this. After, Romeo continues on whining and expresses how he needs to be with Juliet, and how Juliet needs him. Then, Friar Lawrence tries to calm Romeo down. However, Romeo continues on whining like a baby and rants on with his excuses. Romeo is exaggerating way too much and believes that death will come with the banishment, when he isn't even sure
of the consequence yet. Romeo is coping with the distress of Rosaline and comes up with many excuses to not go to the party. This quote is just one of many of the excuses. Romeo complains and tries to get out of dancing because of how sad he is. Romeo also advised his friends to have fun, whereas he will be the driver and make sure they will arrive home safely. In the quote, Romeo describes that he is in too much sadness to even take a foot on the dance floor. Romeo's thoughts during this quote clearly shows that he is distressed. Therefore, Romeo is filled with sadness and refuses to go to the dance because of the one girl that he is obsessively in "love" with. Romeo was conversing with Benvolio and states that sadness is heavy on his heart because of this one girl. Benvolio tells Romeo that he is sad because he doesn't like seeing Romeo in sadness. However, Romeo is already in an emotional state and couldn't control himself from being sad. Then, Romeo also states that if Benvolio is going be sad because of Romeo, Romeo is just going to be in more distress. Romeo advises Benvolio to not allow this grief to be brought to him, and just leave it to Romeo. In the end, Romeo is clearly in sorrow because of his one true "love". In this quote, Romeo is portrayed as someone who is obsessed with a girl. He describes her as a woman that can never be compared to. Nothing can ever be more beautiful than this girl. Romeo also states that the sun sees everything, and that the sun has never seen anything more beautiful than this girl since the world had begun. Romeo is in "love" with this girl and believes that she is truly his soul mate. Romeo is obviously obsessed with this one woman, and cannot get her off of his mind. Romeo is also not able to stop gushing about this one woman and is obsessively consumed by her. In this quote, Romeo is also shown as someone who is obsessed with a girl. However, this time, it is a different girl. Romeo sees Juliet for the first time and is immediately obsessed with her. Romeo describes Juliet as someone whose beauty is too good for the world. He also states that Juliet is like a dove in a whole flock of crows. Juliet's beauty outshines every girl in the room. Romeo's actions also demonstrate how obsessed he is with this girl. Romeo cannot lay his eyes off of her and follows her around during the party. In the end, Romeo believes that this is "love at first sight" and is clearly already This quote shows the characteristic of Romeo as being shallow. Romeo has been in "love" with Rosaline for a very long period of time now. However, the minute he saw Juliet at the Capulet party, Romeo has totally forgotten about Rosaline. It was like as if Rosaline have never existed. Romeo is instantly in "love" with Juliet. This demonstrates that Romeo's love for Rosaline was very shallow, and what he had thought was "love", wasn't. Romeo has also stated that his eyes must have been lying to him, because he hasn't seen real beauty until he saw Juliet. With that being said, Romeo's love for Rosaline was shallow and he only admires a girl because of her looks. The love that Romeo had for Rosaline was just puppy love. Romeo is a very impulsive character. This quote demonstrates this trait very well. Romeo has met Juliet the night before. Then, next morning, Romeo is asking Friar Lawrence to marry Juliet and him together. Romeo has acted very fast and it hasn't even been twenty-four hours since they have met. Romeo didn't even allow himself to have time to get to know Juliet and now, he is wanting to marry this girl. Overall, Romeo acts quickly and is clearly too desperate for love based on a girl's beauty. Romeo: "Now, Tybalt, take the 'villain' back again
That late thou gav'st me ; for Mercutio's soul
Is but a little way above our heads,
Staying for thine to keep him company :
Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him." (3.1. 125-129)

Tybalt: "Thou wretched boy, that didst consort him here,
Shalt with him hence"(3,1. 130-131)

Romeo:"This shall determine that" (3.1. 132) Romeo's fearless behavior is clearly shown in this conversation with Juliet. Romeo sneaked into the Capulet's garden, when he knew that he wasn't suppose to be there. However, Romeo knew that Juliet was there, so he puts his life on the line and climbed over the walls just to see Juliet. Juliet tells Romeo that he may get killed, but Romeo did not care. Love was what conquered and won Romeo over. Romeo desperately wanted to see and be with Juliet even though he knew that he was in danger. Overall, Romeo's actions during the conversation demonstrates the fearless side of him by stepping on Capulet property, when he knew he was restricted from that area. Romeo's fearlessness was also shown when he had the guts to go see Juliet, because their families are
enemies and have a lot of hatred towards each other. This conversation demonstrates the fearless side of Romeo. Romeo decided to have a duel with his wife's cousin, Tybalt and ended up killing him. Romeo wanted revenge because Tybalt had killed Romeo's friend, Mercutio. Anger got the best of Romeo and Romeo's actions showed how dauntless he is. Romeo knew that he had challenged himself to his wife's cousin, but he felt like that was what he needed to do. Romeo also showed how dauntless he can be for his friends and family. Throughout this conversation, Romeo's actions and thoughts clearly show how fearless he is, because he didn't care that it was his wife's cousin, Romeo wanted revenge against Tybalt for killing his friend. This part of Romeo's speech shows the exaggerated side of him. Romeo ranted on about love, and how it will only hurt in the end. He only stated this because of the distress he was in with Rosaline not loving him back. Romeo was so desperate and anxious to find love, which is typical of a teenager. However, Romeo took this situation to the top. Romeo believed that love is something that would only hurt and bring tears that would create an ocean. Once again, Romeo made it sound like it was the end of the world just because of a girl not admiring him back. Therefore, Romeo has the tendency to be very melodramatic in situations. Romeo's impulsiveness is demonstrated through the actions and thoughts during this quote. Romeo didn't think before his actions, which leads to him getting into trouble. Romeo got heated and acted too fast. Romeo couldn't bare with the fact that Tybalt had killed Mercutio. Therefore, Romeo acts quickly and challenges Tybalt to a duel, which ends up with Tybalt dieing. Romeo's hatred and anger was what brought the impulsiveness of this decision. Overall, Romeo's impulsive decision has led him to go downhill, which he has to now suffer with the consequences. "Alive in triumph—and Mercutio slain!
Away to heaven, respective lenity,
And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now." (3.1. 122-142) "Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts but in their eyes." (2.3. 63-64) This quote said by the friar shows the shallowness young men have on love, one of them being Romeo. These young men only base their love on what they see on the outside. These men also don't realize what is truly in the inside of the woman they are in "love" with. Therefore, the friar insists to Romeo that he may think he is in love with Juliet, but in reality, he isn't. The friar also tells Romeo that his thoughts are just a strong infatuation. With that being said, Romeo's love for
Juliet is just as shallow as his love was for Rosaline. "Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes With nimble soles. I have a soul of lead So stakes me to the ground I cannot move." (1.4. 14-16) obsessed with Juliet.
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