Review of Romeo & Juliet - Their Characters

An analysis of Romeo and Juliet after the first few chapters.

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Romeo is the son of Lord and Lady Montague. He is of 15-16 years of age. When he enters the play,
from his language spoken and his descriptions given, we are able to decipher that he is "truly, madly,
deeply" in love with a girl and believes there is no one fairer than her. She is Rosaline. But it seems as
if Rosaline is not moved by his poetical and amorous dialogue, or in this day and age what we would
call cheesy chat up lines. It even seems as if he is more in love with the idea of being in love than love
She is described as not being seduced by gold that would tempt even a saint. She is said to be "rich
in beauty, only poor that when she dies, with beauty dies her store". Only by reading that line is it
possible to put the pieces together. By saying that line he is merely saying along with her beauty she
will die a virgin if she keeps up her act. So what does this say of Romeo? Yes that's right, he is no
better than Sampson, the slave who likes to get his "naked weapon" out. Romeo simply wants to
remove Rosaline's "chaste".
Whilst Sampson represents himself with vulgarity, Romeo comes across as a bit madcap and whilst his
idealism of love and his passion make him likeable, his speech of rhyming couplets is just not realistic.
But I wonder what this says to you about Rosaline though? To me it seems as if she has seen right
through Romeo the same way Benvolio had and had rightly so refused his courtship. He comes across
as a very pretentious man. After vowing that Rosaline is the only girl for him he goes and falls in love
with another girl. It seems as if all he's interested in is looks and sex, he seems as if he believes in
love at first sight, and that may seem a little shallow to some but in the case of Romeo, there is no
question about it. Does this mean Romeo is glass ­ easy to see through? So far it looks like it.
Juliet is the daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet. She is two weeks away from her fourteenth birthday.
She is said to be a beauty. When Juliet enters the play she seems to be a very naïve child. She seems
to not appreciate the idea of marriage like she was expected to; instead she says "it's an honour that
I dream not of". This clearly shows her depreciation of marriage and her unwillingness. This may be
due to her age or the fact she's inexperienced around the subject of love.
Juliet also seems to be somewhat detached from her mother. When she is called, she answers with
"madam", not even with mother as you would expect from those times. But this may be due to the
fact Juliet had a wet nurse and may never really had a close bond or relationship with her mother.
That might explain why her mother speaks of her in a degrading manner. She compares Juliet to a
"cover" of a book and objectifies her in the same way the servants had about other woman. But
nevertheless Juliet presents herself in an obedient manner. She relents to her mother's wishes and
says she'll have a look at Paris but also says she will not do anything else without her parents
"consent". So far she seems like a good girl, but good girls can go bad can't they?


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