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Romeo and Juliet Project: The characters and their motives

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Ted Prestridge

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Romeo's main character traits seen throughout the story are he is egotistical, shallow, impulsive, and passionate.
Romeo is motivated by selfish ambitions and his love for Juliet.
Text evidence for Romeo's traits
Text evidence for Romeo's traits
Passionate-"If I profane with my unworthiest hand
This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss."- Romeo
This displays that Romeo puts his emotions in everything that he does.
Romeo's motivations text evidence
Romeo being motivated by his selfish ambitions are seen as he pursues Rosaline's affection for the selfish reasons of intercourse and not true love. Romeo is also motivated by his love for Juliet as he takes his life because he believe she is dead saying",Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die."
Text evidence for Romeo's traits
Shallow-"When the devout religion of mine eye
Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fires;And these, who often drown'd could never die,
Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars!
One fairer than my love! the all-seeing sun
Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun."
This proves that Romeo is shallow because it demonstrates that he only values physical appearance.
Text evidence for Romeo's traits
Romeo and Juliet Project: The character's traits and their motives
Egotistical- "Why, such is love’s transgression.
Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,
Which thou wilt propagate, to have it pressed
With more of thine. This love that thou hast shown
Doth add more grief to too much of mine own.
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."
This proves Romeo is egotistical because it denotes that Romeo holds himself above everyone and everything else.

Impulsive-"Then plainly know my heart’s dear love is set
On the fair daughter of rich Capulet.
As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine,
And all combined, save what thou must combine
By holy marriage. When and where and how
We met, we wooed and made exchange of vow,
I’ll tell thee as we pass, but this I pray:
That thou consent to marry us today."- Romeo
"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."- Friar
Juliet displays the characteristics of courage, rebellious, and loving.
Juliet is motivated by her love for Romeo and her want to be free of her parent's rule over her.
Juliet's characteristics text evidence
Courage-'Oh, if I wake, shall I not be distraught,
Environèd with all these hideous fears,
And madly play with my forefather’s joints,
And pluck the mangled Tybalt from his shroud,
And, in this rage, with some great kinsman’s bone,
As with a club, dash out my desperate brains?
Oh, look! Methinks I see my cousin’s ghost
Seeking out Romeo, that did spit his body
Upon a rapier’s point. Stay, Tybalt, stay!
Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink. I drink to thee."
This shows Juliet being courageous as she drink the vial not knowing if the daring plan to fake her death will work.
Juliet's characteristics text evidence
Rebellious-"Now, by Saint Peter’s Church, and Peter too,
He shall not make me there a joyful bride!
I wonder at this haste, that I must wed
Ere he that should be husband comes to woo.
I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam,
I will not marry yet, and when I do I swear
It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,
Rather than Paris. These are news indeed!"
This displays Juliet's direct defiance even though she knows it will make her father rage.

Juliet's characteristics text evidence
Loving-"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."
This proves Juliet's loving because she claims will give up her riches, family, and all she owns to be with Romeo.
Juliet's Motivations
Juliet is espied being motivated by her love for Romeo at almost every point in the play she is in. The strongest example of this is her taking her life as she sees Romeo has committed suicide. Juliet is also motivated by her want to be free of her parents oppressive rule seeing that she wants to either run away with Romeo or take her life, both of which allows her to escape her parents.
Capulet's main character traits tyrannical and violent.
Capulet's motives are hatred of the Montague's and thirst for control.
Capulet's traits text evidence
Tyrannical-'Content thee, gentle coz. Let him alone.
He bears him like a portly gentleman,
And, to say truth, Verona brags of him
To be a virtuous and well-governed youth.
I would not for the wealth of all the town
Here in my house do him disparagement.
Therefore be patient. Take no note of him.
It is my will, the which if thou respect,
Show a fair presence and put off these frowns,
An ill-beseeming semblance for a feast."
Montague aggressively silences Tybalt with hopes of not being embarrassed in front of his guests.
Capulet's traits text evidence
Violent-"Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch!
I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday,
Or never after look me in the face.
Speak not. Reply not. Do not answer me.
My fingers itch.—Wife, we scarce thought us blest."
Capulet is constantly violent as seen preparing to hit Juliet.
Capulet's motives text evidence
Capulet's hatred of the Montague is seen as",Go waken Juliet. Go and trim her up.
I’ll go and chat with Paris. Hie, make haste,
Make haste. The bridegroom he is come already.
Make haste, I say." As he prepares to marry off his daughter in order to grow wealthier than Montague.
Capulet's motives text evidence
Capulet longs for control over Juliet as seen as he says",That God had lent us but this only child,
But now I see this one is one too much
And that we have a curse in having her.
Out on her, hilding!"
This proves he despises that he is not completely obeyed by Juliet.
Lady Capulet
Lady Capulet's traits which reverberate throughout the story are her hard-heartedness and her vengefulness.
She is motivated by family loyalty. She desires revenge for Tybalt's death.
Lady Capulet character traits text evidence
Hard Heartedness-"Here comes your father. Tell him so yourself,
And see how he will take it at your hands."
This demonstrates how Lady Capulet ignores her daughter thus never caring for her daughter.
Lady Capulet traits text evidence
Vengeful-"Tybalt, my cousin! O my brother’s child!
O Prince! O cousin! Husband! Oh, the blood is spilled
Of my dear kinsman! Prince, as thou art true,
For blood of ours shed blood of Montague.
O cousin, cousin!"
This proves Lady Capulet is vengeful because she seeks the death of Romeo for him slaying Tybalt even though Tybat has started the quarrel.
Lady Capulet's motives text evidence
Family Loyalty- 3.5.1
This proves she is motivated by loyalty to her family because she calls for blood in return for her kinsman's death.
Lady Montague
The traits Lady Montague displays consist of a caring and devoted person.
Lady Montague is motivate by love for her family.
Lady Montague's traits text evidence
Caring- 1.1.06
This demonstrates Lady Capulet's great care for the safety and well being of her son.
She is so passionately devoted to her son that she takes her life when she hears of his death thus being extremely devoted.

Lady Montague's motivations text evidence
Motivated by the love of her family- Lady Montague is loving of her family as she expresses she is glad Romeo did not partake in the fight 1.1.137
The traits that Montague expresses throughout the play include being a calm and prideful man.
Montague's motivations include his family.
Montague's traits and motives text evidence
This shows Montague is calm and slow to anger seeing his is never the first one to fight.
This shows Montague recognizing the rivalry and has the pride to defend his families name.

Montague shows how important his family is to him when he begs and utilizes everything he has to keep Romeo from being executed. This displays how much he loves his family because a man of his wealth at that time did not beg for anything. 3.1.146
Benvolio's main traits consist of brutal honesty and being a placid person.
Benvolio's motives are his relations with his family.
Benvolio's traits text evidence
Placid- 1.1.76
This proves Benvolio is plaid because he makes a desperate attempt to stop the fight.
Honest- 3.1.105
This proves Benvolio's brutal honesty because it shows him informing the prince of exactly what happened even though it will harm Romeo, a great friend of his.

Benvolio's motives text evidence
Family- He always stands up for his family and tries to bring them to peace with the Capulets. 1.1.54
The main traits Mercutio expresses include being impetuous and provocative.

Mercutio's motives are his ego.
Mercutio's traits and motives text evidence
Impetuous and provocative- 3.1.45
These traits are true as Mercutio stays on impulse and provokes Tybalt into fighting him.
Mercutio's ego is seen as he jokes continuously and boasts about his sword skills.
Friar Lawrence
Friar's main traits include being altruistic and wise.

Friar's motives are his concern for others.
Friar Lawrence traits and motives text evidence.
Wise- He recognizes that Romeo's love lies in his eyes and not in his heart. 2.3.96
Altruistic- The Friar puts the good of Verona a the forefront. 2.3.92
Concerned- Friar scolds Romeo almost as a father which shows his deep concern. 3.3.118
The Nurse displays the traits of bravery and being a caring person.
The Nurses motives are her genuine care for Juliet.
Nurse traits and motives text evidence
Bravery- The Nurse shows bravery as she stands up to Capulet on Juliet's account despite possible punishment. 3.5.177

Caring- She delivers Juliet the proposal of marriage despite it being a forbidden love. 2.51.61
Care for Juliet- Due to her care for Juliet she helps Romeo sneak in and be with Juliet since it makes Juliet joyful.
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