Characterization in Romeo and Juliet Essay

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characterization in Romeo and Juliet


In Act One of William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, we meet Romeo, Mercutio, and
Tybalt. Right away, we get an idea of who these characters are and what kind of role they
will play throughout the story. Romeo, Mercutio, and Tybalt share many distinctive
characteristics and personalities in the story. We learn that Romeo is the romantic and
handsome son of the Montagues. In the beginning of the story, he was depressed, but his
mood quickly changed as the story went on. We also learn that Mercutio is Romeo's closest
and good friend who tries to make Romeo forget about his first love, Rosaline. He is a
great entertainer and he's very sarcastic too. Instantly, we learn that Tybalt is a
Capulet and Juliet's cousin. He is very hot-headed, aggressive, and violent. He loathes
the Montagues very much. Finally, in Act One of William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and
Juliet, we meet three characters, Romeo, Mercutio, and Tybalt and we directly get an idea
of what the characters are like.

In the beginning of the story, we find out that Romeo is very depressed, but towards the
end, he starts changing to be romantic. In the beginning of the story, the Montagues ask
Benvolio of Romeo's whereabouts. Benvolio answers that Romeo has seemed troubled about
something since the morning. Montague quotes, "Away from light steals home my heavy son
and private in his chamber pens himself, shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out,
and makes himself an artificial night"(I, i, 138-141). He's talking about how Romeo looks
so sad that it seems as if he doesn't want to come home and he rather be locked up in a
room with shut windows blocking daylight in or out. This makes Montague think that it
sounds like Romeo is making himself live in an imaginary, not existing, fake world all by
his lonesome self. When Benvolio and Romeo meet, they talk about what is bothering Romeo.
This is when we learn that Romeo is depressed by the rejection of his love, Rosaline, who
believes in chastity. Also, Rosaline won't return the love that Romeo is waiting
impatiently for. So this is why Romeo is heart-broken. But later, Romeo relieves his
depressed feelings and he soon becomes romantic when he meets his new love, Juliet. When
Romeo first sees Juliet at the Capulet ball, he completely forgets about Rosaline and
falls in love with Juliet at first sight. When he meets her, Romeo quotes, "My lips, two
blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss" (I, iv,
97-98). By this line, Romeo is discussing how each of his lips is ready to kiss Juliet.
Romeo is so much in love with Juliet that he becomes very romantic forgetting all about
Rosaline. Finally, Romeo's attitude changes from being depressed in the beginning to being
romantic with Juliet at the end of Act One.

In Act One of Romeo and Juliet, we discover that Mercutio is a good and close friend to
Romeo and he's a very sarcastic person born to entertain people too. When Romeo is
melancholy and lovesick for Rosaline, Mercutio, remembering Romeo is his close friend,
tries to cheer him up. He tries to bring the old Romeo back by bringing courage to him. He
gives Romeo advice about forgetting Rosaline and moving on. He says, "If love be rough
with you, be rough with love; prick love for pricking, and you beat love down"(I, iv,
27-28). In other words, Mercutio says if love is not gentle or unpleasant with Romeo, then
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