In this assignment I will look at the characteristics of Romeo and Juliet and how the attitudes of the characters change over a short time in this play written by William Shakespeare. My first impressions of Romeo are that other people worry for him like his mother for example this quote “right glad I am he was not at this fray” His mother was glad he was away from the fight. Romeo says “ayme, sad hours seem long” this seems to me that Romeo has feelings that are getting him down.
Romeo does allot of talking and thinking about his love, which is making him confused.”out of her favor where I am in love” this quotation means that Romeo loves Rosaline “why then, o brawing love, o loving hate” this suggests there is much confusion in there love. He also says “love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs” this suggests again that he is very depressed, confused and feared about his love towards Rosaline. Juliet’s behavior and attitude when the audience first sees her looks like Juliet is confused about her feelings and her life. The play around Juliet starts with Paris, Paris is a wealthy young man of Verona and wishes for Juliet and him to be wed.
Paris then asks Juliet’s father. Juliet’s mother then asks her what see is thinking of marriage, then Juliet replies “it is an honor I dream not of” Lady Capulet replies “this night you shall behold him at our feast” so up till now Juliet doesn’t wish to be wed to anyone and Juliet is loyal to her parents. In the first conversation between Romeo and Juliet Romeo uses such words as “light” and “heavenly” these words suggest that Romeo is saying Juliet is everything to him and he has got very strong feelings for Juliet. Juliet says “I’ll no longer be a Capulet”
this suggests to me that Juliet is willing to leave her entire family just to be with Romeo. before Juliet did not want to marry anyone. Juliet and Romeo plan to get married soon and she wishes for Romeo to send word when and if there will be a wedding. Juliet changes after she meets Romeo. Juliet is defiant she tricks her mother by making her believe she is upset over her cousin when she is pely upset over not being able to see Romeo. Juliet argues with her parents over marriage, her parents lose there temper with her and her father says “disobedient wretch”
then he also tells her she might be kicked out if she doesn’t marry Paris. Then all Juliet’s last resorts turn her down she then goes to the nurse who is like a mother to Juliet and the nurse agrees with her father. She then goes to her last hope the priest who helps Juliet. Since the priest try to help Juliet. Juliet and the priest come up with a plan. The priest would use his herbs to make a drink than would make Juliet to seem dead, after that Juliet would wake up in the tomb far outside Verona and meet Romeo. The priest tried to warn Romeo of the plan but by the time the message got three a friend of his had already told him.
Romeo then goes to the tomb then after realizing what he’s done and believing Juliet’s death he kills himself with a poison. Soon after Romeo’s death Juliet wakes up and she thinks she can’t live without Romeo so she kills herself with a dagger. This later brings the Montagues and the Capulets together in peace after the accident. There are two quotations Romeo uses when he speaks the first one is “Juliet is the sun” this tells us that Romeo can’t live without Juliet because Juliet is the light and energy of his life and his purpose for living. The second one is “The brightness of her cheek”
this suggests to me that Romeo wants the light of her cheek to fill the sky so that he will not have to go in this quotation. At this point it seems to me that Juliet doesn’t want there names to get in the way of there future love between them. Juliet also gets concerned about Romeo’s safety for if he was to get caught by the guards. Romeo’s character has changed since he met Juliet, Romeo has become very emotional, young, inexperienced and selfish. Romeo is impulsive and his suicide attempt is thoughtless and rash. Just like the secret marriage and his love for Rosaline and his killing.
Romeo is selfish proven in this quote “they may seize on the white wonder of dear Juliet’s hand” he wants her for himself he also feels self pity “be merciful, say death” this proves that banishment not seeing Juliet hurts far more than death. Shakespeare makes this play very believable. He also makes the characters of the play realistic and believable. In this play Shakespeare develops the play very fast over just a few days in the play. His development is very good because Shakespeare shows the characters at the key points throughout the play that shows that change.
The Shakespeare ends with a good ending that grabs the audience by surprise. The combination of this play with todays technology has made a very good film. Even after 200 years this play still keeps up with modern script writing and is inspiration for many writers. Shakespeare creates tension by making so many what ifs in the play so the audience are going well I wonder what would of happened if this happened. by doing this is what make Shakespeare a great writer of the present and the past times.