Romeo and Juliet Charavter Analysis

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Romeo and Juliet Analysis
A romantic, a determined, an unpredictable: these are all one-word labels for three very complex characters. Romeo, Juliet, and Mercutio make up a triangle of tangled emotions and situations in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Therefore, Shakespeare has created multidimensional characters who have both strengths and weaknesses.

Romeo is impulsive and romantic. Romeo loves the idea of “being in love,” but he does not know what true love really feels like. After the fight in the streets of Verona in Act I, Romeo’s father says something about his son’s behavior to Benvolio, “Away from the light steals home my heavy son,/ And private in his chamber pens himself,/ Shuts up his windows, locks far daylight out,/ And makes himself an artificial night:”(Shakespeare 1.1.145-148). Romeo is sick with his love for Rosaline, has locked himself away by day to pine for her. He wanders the orchards at night to be alone and dream of his true love, and he isolates himself from his family and friends. Although Romeo is impulsive, he can also be romantic. Romeo sees Juliet at her window. Romeo hears Juliet talking to herself on her balcony and at first glance he is speechless, but then he says, “But Soft! What light through yonder breaks? / It is the East, and Juliet is the sun! / Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, / Who is already sick and pale with grief” (Shakespeare 2.2. 3-5). Romeo is comparing Juliet’s beauty to the sun and that the moon looks sick and green because it is jealous of her. He leaves just before dawn to plan their wedding just after they are done talking about their love for each other.

Juliet is cautious and determined. Romeo meets Juliet at her balcony and they stand there talking about love for each other. What she says next to Romeo is, “I have no joy of this contract tonight. / It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden; / Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be/ Ere one can say “it lightens.” Sweet,...
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