Essay about Romeo of William Shakespeare's Romoe and Juliet
At the start of the play, Romeo acts like a young boy with a crush. He seems to think only of himself and is self-indulgent and weak. However, as the story unfolds, Romeo grows up rapidly. As his idea of love changes into a two-way relationship with Juliet, his genuine emotions shine through and he becomes a strong, decisive and mature character.
When we first meet Romeo in Act 1, scene 1 he is talking to his friend Benvolio about his unrequited love for Rosaline. He is completely self-absorbed, concerned only about his feelings. He hardly even notices that a riot has taken place. His language is so extravagant and full of poetic device that it …show more content…
Romeo's discovery that Juliet is a Capulet, and so should be his enemy, looks as if it would make him miserable again: "Is she a Capulet? /O dear account! my life is my foe's debt."
However, rather than give up, he takes positive action. In Act 2, scene 2 he climbs into the orchard below Juliet's window. He knows he could be killed if he was caught, but he is so caught up in his emotions that he doesn't think about the consequences of his actions. As Romeo talks to Juliet in this scene his language begins to change, to become less decorative and artificial. When he tries to speak in poetic language, swearing his love by the moon, Juliet becomes cross and demands that he speak from the heart: "Do not swear at all/Or if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self." The "balcony" scene between Romeo and Juliet shows that Juliet feels as strongly for Romeo as he does for her, and by the end of it they have agreed to marry.
Romeo shows great courage