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Describe Romeo's character and personality.The title says it all

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Posted June 5, 2012 at 7:27 PM via web

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Describe Romeo's character and personality.

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lhc | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted June 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM (Answer #1)

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At first glance, Romeo might be perceived as a flake, or even a fake.  He spends a great deal of time reading love poetry and pining for a girl named Rosaline, and seems to be more infatuated with the idea of love than love itself.  This love for Rosaline is easily discarded once he sees Juliet, who, though younger, naive and immature, will prove to be the voice of reason in this ill-fated relationship.  As the young lovers proceed ominously through their plan to be together, we see Juliet making thoughtful decisions and acknowledging that she is about to cut ties with everyone associated with her life to be with Romeo; meanwhile, Romeo makes one impulsive decision after another (killing Tybalt, killing himself within seconds of discovering Juliet's "corpse") and ultimately the plan fails.  If he had stopped to think in either case about what he was going to do, crisis would likely have been averted.  However, many have argued that without the impulsive, reckless characteristics that caused him to sneak into the Capulet garden in the first place, the love story would between the two would never have occurred. 


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