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Romeo and Juliet

By cherylelise Oct 28, 2008 423 Words
In the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, Romeo is despondent, fickle, and romantic. To begin, Romeo is despondent because of the way love makes him feel. Romeo believes that he is madly in love with Rosaline and there is no other love for him. Yet he feels that love is like a heavy burden bringing him down. Although it should be a joyous thing, he cannot help but express sorrow. Romeo exclaims, "Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms! / Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! / Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! / This love feel I, that feel no love in this" (I. i. 182-185). The feeling of love leaves Romeo to feel miserable and confused. Nothing seems to make sense and he is so caught up in his love that he can no longer process his emotions. Although his love should be a joyous happening, he finds no pleasure in the way love makes him feel. Additionally, Romeo is an exceptionally indecisive young man. First, he believes that he is deeply in love with Rosaline. Yet shortly after, he sights Juliet and falls in love with her. Romeo utters at his first sight of Juliet, "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" (I. v. 53-54). Romeo cannot fathom how he ever could have said he was in love with another woman. Just with a single glance at Juliet, he says he has never seen a more beautiful woman. Although just hours earlier, he was telling Benvolio about how he could not live without Rosaline, and she was his one true love. Therefore, Romeo's inability to have consistent feeling towards others emphasizes how indecisive he can be. Lastly, Romeo has a great ability to romance young women. When he sees Juliet, he feels a deep passion for her. With his romantic ways, he is able to win her love. Romeo says to Juliet, "My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand / To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss" (I. v. 100-101). Romeo is able to make Juliet fall for him with is poetic way of speaking and openness of his feelings and intentions. They both have already fallen in love with each other, for it was love at first sight. But Romeo strengthens these feelings by gently persuading Juliet and making her fall even further in love. In conclusion, Romeo is despondent, fickle, and romantic, all because of love.

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