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 Do you think Romeo is depressed? Why or why not?I've just written a lengthy paragraph...

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kylietaylor | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM via web

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 Do you think Romeo is depressed? Why or why not?

I've just written a lengthy paragraph for my freshman english honors class about how romeo is not depressed, and why he is just pouting over Rosalind because she won't have sex with him. Many people are telling me that i am wrong, I'm looking for some feedback from an outside scource.

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akasha124 | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted May 9, 2010 at 10:35 PM (Answer #1)

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It's going to be hard to prove that Romeo was not at least showing symptoms of depression while pursuing Rosalind.  Depression is defined as losing interest in regular daily activities, persistant sadness, insomnia, weight loss, etc.

In Act 1 Scene 1, Benvolio says,

Many a morning hath he there been seen, With tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew, Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs. But all so soon as the all-cheering sun Should in the farthest east begin to draw The shady curtains from Aurora’s bed, 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. Black and portentous must this humor prove Unless good counsel may the cause remove.

Which certainly seems to make the argument that Romeo is depressed.  However, it could definitely be argued that Romeo had intentionallypicked Rosalind to pursue as his first real crush, knowing he had no real chance with her because she has sworn to be chaste indefinitely.  Knowing this, he could safely swear he has these extreme feelings for her and indulge in love sickness/depression symptoms (a fashionable thing among boys his age at the time) until his heart was content.

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