The Metamorphosis of Romeo Montague

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From Self- absorbed to Strong- Willed:
The Metamorphosis of Romeo Montague

“Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” (II.ii) Juliet Capulet’s question about Romeo’s character may interest many people while being enthralled with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, because Romeo Montague does not act as a typical male protagonist in the play. Unlike the typical protagonist, Romeo transforms into a whole new person through the scenes. Instead of obtaining a physical change, he has gone through an emotional and mental change. He progresses from a love-struck whiner to a tough- guy outlaw. Protagonist, Romeo Montague of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet displays prime transformation through luxurious love, fearful fights, and nail- biting banishment. Shakespeare describes Romeo’s character as not only the main protagonist, but also a major developing character by occupying different love interests throughout the play, therefore entertaining the audience. Romance is a key player in the game of life. Love changes the way people live and act throughout their whole lives. In Romeo and Juliet, this idea can be seen throughout the entire play. For Romeo's case he transforms his whole life and attitude. Shakespeare implies that the change is made from love. From the beginning to the end of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo changes from spoilt and poignant to a respectable and pleasant man. In Act One, Romeo behaves as a pessimistic and melancholy young man because of his desire for Rosaline, but he slowly changes his personality after he sees the beautiful Juliet. As scene one comes to an end, Romeo is presented with Benvolio, and describes to his serving man the sorrow he feels since he lost the love of Rosaline, and he makes unnecessary dramatic statements. For instance, Romeo is over reacting when he says, "Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, Which thou wilt propagate to have it pressed With more of thine."(I.i). It is unnecessary for him to...
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