Changes in Romeo in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
After an emotional fight at the start of the play, the mood is brought
down by the introduction of a love sick Montague by the name of Romeo.
Throughout 'Romeo and Juliet,' Romeo's character goes through a number
of changes, he matures from a self-absorbed child into a mature young
man thanks to the trial and tribulations he encounters and overcomes
in the play.
Romeo is a very romantic character, but at the beginning of the play,
the extent of his love is that of a teenager. He is infatuated with
Rosaline, and due to her lack of love back, he childishly becomes
depressed, locking himself in his room to in some foolish effort to
"Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out,
And makes himself an artificial night."
(Act 1.1 130-131)
Romeo is lovesick. He 'loves' Rosaline and as she has sworn to stay
chaste and never marry, he is confused and can't come to terms with
the fact he will never have Rosaline. Romeos use of oxymorons shows
"O brawling love, O loving hate."
(Act 1.1 167)
Act one shows how immature Romeo is. He is shown to be self-absorbed,
childish and an over reactor. He cares about nothing but himself and
how depressed he is. Another quality of Romeo's that becomes apparent
in act one is how fickle Romeo is.
Only in the first scene does Romeo show the magnitude of his love for
Rosaline by being so depressed, yet by the fifth scene of the act, he
has fallen in 'love' with another, being Juliet.
On seeing Juliet for the first time, Romeo says:
"Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For never I saw true beauty till this night."
(Act 1.5 51-52)
Romeo has gone from being infatuated with Rosaline, to completely
forgetting he had ever loved her so much.
Romeo uses lots of religious imagery and language when trying too woo
"My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss."
(Act 1.5 94-95)
Romeo is now infatuated with Juliet. He has gone from being incurably
depressed, to being totally in love.
The first signs of change in Romeo's character are apparent in act 2.
He is no longer depressed, but now playful and happy.
Romeo thinks that Juliet is his dream girl and can't believe that it's
not all a dream.
"O blessèd blessèd night! I am afeard,
Being in night, all this is but a dream
Too-flattering sweet to be substantial."
(Act 2.2 139-141)
Romeo takes a mature step forward when he speaks to the friar about
marrying Juliet even though he is a bit child-likely excited about the
"Oh let us hence, I stand on sudden haste."
(Act 2.3 93)
Romeo is a scheming character. He has a plot ready so that it is
possible for him...