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Romeo: The Dangers of Love
An analysis of the character of Romeo in William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".
# 152306 | 1,423 words | 1 source | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 24, 2013 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

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The paper discusses how Romeo in William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" challenges traditional ideas associated with manliness when he allows his passions to not only control him but also clearly to upset his world. The paper describes how Romeo's character develops dramatically throughout the course of the play and we see how he is impulsive and prone to fits of passion. The paper highlights how Shakespeare both emphasizes Romeo's personality by giving Juliet characteristics that are less feminine than the conventional teenage girl in this era, and also contrasts Romeo with Paris, who has none of the sweetness and passion of Romeo. The paper emphasizes that Shakespeare is illustrating how love is blind and how it makes fools of people.

From the Paper:

"Romeo's character develops dramatically throughout the course of the play. The first time we see him, he is forlorn and detached. The play opens with fighting in the streets. The men fighting, Mercutio and Tybalt, represent the masculinity normally associated with men, especially during the fifteenth century. They do not express their fears nor do they whimper in pain. Mercutio's speech reveals how he is almost Romeo's opposite. His masculinity will not allow him to believe in the kind of love Romeo believes in. For him, love is just another appetite like the appetites we have for food or violence. It is absurd and foolish. Mercutio seeks to make fun of love and lovers while Romeo seeks to enjoy the beauty of love. This contrast emphasizes Romeo's lack of masculinity. Later in the play, Mercutio despises Romeo's apparent lack of masculinity in the first act. Additionally, Tybalt is confused by Romeo's refusal to duel. By introducing us to a less manly man, Shakespeare lays the groundwork for establishing Romeo as different. Romeo will do anything to be with Juliet, even abandon his family. He tells Juliet, "Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized; / Henceforth I never will be Romeo" (Shakespeare II.i.93-4). Here we see a man eager to please the woman he loves fighting the negative images associated with sensitive men."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. New York: Scholastic Books. 1969.

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