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The Exceptional Individual In Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

1850 words - 7 pages

William Shakespeare had many tragedies that he was well known for. What set Romeo and

Juliet apart, there was not a clear individual who stood out, both characters gullible and in a since

childlike. Juliet was in the crossroads of her life, she was changing from a girl to a young

woman. Romeo is considered to be easily distracted, he is also known for his emotional outpouring.

His immoral personal history with the murders and thoughtless actions causes us to realize in truth

Romeo wasn't as innocent as his true love Juliet. Juliet is known for her moral values, where as

Romeo seems to let his emotions control his actions. Between Romeo and Juliet there is many

difficulties they faced, both characters are known to have faults. Juliet show remorse and regrets her

actions more than Romeo. Through these impressions, the exceptional individual in Romeo and Juliet

would be the genuine protagonist Juliet.

Juliet is known to live a sheltered life, she is innocent in every since of the word. The people

who are responsible for her well being are her parent's and nurse. In the story Juliet's mom addresses

the question if she loves Paris, Juliet Replied, “I'll look to like if looking liking move: But no more

deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives strength to me to fly”(Shakespeare I.III.98-100).

Juliet is young and still eager to please her parents. She is only thirteen in the beginning the idea of

love and desire to be in a relationship was not present until her mother said “Well, think of marriage

now; younger than you, /Here in Verona, Ladies of esteem./ Are made already mothers...”

(Shakespeare I.IV.70-2).

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Juliet responded “It is an honour that I dream not of” (Shakespeare I.IV.67) Because Juliet has a

strong moral upbringing she is sexually naïve which opposite of the character of Romeo. In the

beginning Romeo tells of his love for Rosaline and states “She is rich in beauty...”(Shakespeare

I.I..214). Poor Romeo is heartbroken when Rosaline wants nothing to do with him. He decides to

show up to a party which she is supposed to attend. Instead of having his attention focused on Rosaline

Juliet caught his eye. On the site of Juliet's natural beauty he stated “Did my heart love till now?

Forswear it, sight!/ For ne'er saw true beauty till this night” (Shakespeare I.V. 55-6). Romeo's lack of

moral is further showed by the kinsmen he spent most of his time with. Mercutio and Benvolio they

both show sign of risky behavior, talking about women has become almost like a sport to them.

As Peter Ackroyd states “ It is often been stated that Romeo and Juliet are all that lovers were,

and all that lovers ever will be, but it is important to notice the sheer artistry with which Shakespeare

entwines them” (251). As Romeo and Juliet realize they feel like soul mates the question remains is

this feeling out of love or lust. “They echo each others speech,...

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