How Does Shakespeare Present Romeo in Act 1 Scene 1 Campared to Act 2 Scene 2

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Love Pages: 3 (1182 words) Published: February 20, 2011
Act 1 Scene1
When Benvolio, Montague and Lady Montague have a conversation about Romeo they portray him as being very shy. ‘So early did I see your son, towards him I made but he was aware of me, and stole into the covert of the wood’. This implies that Romeo has been seen early in the morning upset and on his own. When he is aware of Benvolio he runs off into the wood which is stating that he is distracted by something or someone. To running away is an odd thing to do to anyone, but this was someone who has been presented as a close Cousin/friend. Due to the fact that Benvolio is worried about how Romeo is, we can tell that Romeo is not usually an anti-social person. This is an obvious clue to the fact that he is distracted and upset by something on his mind. The next quote backs up the fact that Romeo is depresses and upset but is also trying to keep his sorrows to himself. ‘Many a morning hath he been seen there, with tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew, adding to clouds more clouds with deep sighs’. This is a very interesting quote which is mainly using imagery. It suggests that Romeo is always seen out in the countryside in the early mornings crying and weeping about an unknown problem. The tears he sheds are making adding a sad tone to the fresh mornings due. It then goes on to say how he adds to the morning clouds with his sighs of depression. This saddens the tone in Montague’s voice as he worries about what is worrying his son. It shows how depressed Romeo is, that every day he is seen crying over things that no one understands what they are. This quote shows that Romeo just doesn’t want to be involved with light or anyone. ‘Away from light steals home my heavy son, and private in his chamber pens himself, shuts up the windows, locks fair daylight out, and makes himself an artificial night’. Shakespeare uses the imagery of the artificial night to show how Romeo’s life is. His life is dark and desperately needs to be lit up. I know this because it...
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