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In Act 5 how does Romeo's language change when he is with his servant (Balthasar) to...

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Posted December 3, 2007 at 2:05 AM via web

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In Act 5 how does Romeo's language change when he is with his servant (Balthasar) to when he is alone with Juliet?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 3, 2007 at 6:57 AM (Answer #1)

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When talking to Balthasar, Romeo is forceful and confident.  He tells Balthasar his errand is simply to see Juliet and take a ring from her finger.  He orders Balthasar not to follow and insists he will see Balthasar soon.

However, when alone with Juliet, Romeo is downcast.  He is mourning the loss of life in the case of Tybalt, Paris and Juliet.  He sees little purpose in it all and is unable to go on with his grief.  When with Juliet, he is himself and more as he was in Act I, when grieving over Rosaline's rejection.

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