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dolphyn | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM via web

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How does Shakespeare present Romeo’s thoughts and feelings in different parts of the play?

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hermy27 | Student , College Senior | eNoter

Posted November 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM (Answer #1)

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Shakespeare utilizes various forms of presentation when it comes to Romeo's thoughts and feelings, the two most common of which is through internal monologue and through direct communication with a secondary character.  For example, Romeo talks to himself when expressing his broken heart at the hands Rosalind, when expressing his premonition before ariving at the house of the Capulets, and when expressing his apprehension at making himself known to Juliet in the balcony scene.  We also get insight into his thoughts and feelings as he speaks to secondary characters such as Benvolio ("No, coz, I rather weep"), Mercutio ("Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn"), and Friar Lawerence ("There is no world without Verona walls but purgatory, torture, hell itself").

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