Romeo And Juliet Character Essay

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Romeo and Juliet Final essayThere are many interesting characters in the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. They all have something unique and important about them that drives the story. One of these characters is Romeo. Romeo is the main character in the play, and has many important character traits that help him change throughout the story. Therefore, it is important to discuss the way that Romeo's character changes throughout the play, his strong influence on other people, and his important character traits which are hasty, and emotional.Romeo's different character traits help him change throughout the story. First of all, because Romeo keeps falling in love, his emotions keep getting the best of him, causing him to remain depressed. This is one reason as to why Romeo's character changes because as soon as he meets Juliet, he seems to forget all about Rosaline. He suddenly turns from being prolongedly sad and depressed, to being happy and in love again. After being so in love with her already, he suddenly finds new love, and acts as though Rosaline had never existed. (I, 5, 60) "For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night," Romeo says after seeing Juliet for the first time meaning that he has been struck by love at first sight. Romeo also changes by becoming a little more wary after he kills Tybalt and gets banished especially when he is in Verona, since he has a death sentence on him, and will be killed if he is seen anywhere inside of the city. (III, 5, 11) "I must be gone and live, or stay and die," he says to Juliet when he tells her that he needs to leave. Lastly, he changes after he thinks that Juliet has died causing him gets angry and goes on a rage to kill himself next to her, showing that his emotions have caused love to change him. (V, 1, 25) "Is it e'en so? -Then I defy you stars!" Romeo gets so angry, that he curses the stars for letting Juliet die.Romeo's character traits also cause him to influence other people in the story. One character that Romeo greatly influences is his best friend Mercutio. Mercutio just happens to be Romeo's foil character, (provides contrast to Romeo, and has what he needs to succeed) and is strong when it comes to women and whereas Romeo is not. (I, 4, 27-28) "If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down," Mercutio tells him to be strong with love. Mercutio gets influenced by Romeo because he is determined to stick up for his friend. He shows this when Tybalt threatens Romeo, and he is determined to fight off Tybalt, because he knows that Romeo is a lover and not a fighter, and will probably lose the fight. However, Mercutio is also a good fighter which is another reason why he is Romeo's foil character. (II, 4, 9) "A challenge on my life," Mercutio says when he hears about the challenge. He calls it a challenge on his life too because he wants to stick up for Romeo, which eventually costs him his life. One other character that Romeo...

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