In Romeo and Juliet, how is Romeo characterized as brave ?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Romeo can be characterized as brave because throughout Act II.ii, he talks to Juliet from the bottom of her balcony in spite of the fact that the watch or her kinsman could have caught him at any moment.

In Act III, Romeo defends Mercutio's honor by killing Tybalt. That is certainly brave.

Throughout the story, Romeo seems to have a sort of preference for peace. When the truth of the matter is that the Montagues and Capulets are at war, Romeo constantly tries to make sure that fights or frays subside instead of further develop. This is the opposite of Tybalt. In fact, sometimes it takes more bravery to say "no" to fighting than it is to actually perpetuate the fight.

In Act V, Romeo is brave enough to take his own life. This is quite a risk for anyone.

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arkz | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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Romeo is characterized as brave when he goes through the trouble of falling for Juliet even though his family and Juliet's was against him. In the eyes of death, Romeo fought for Juliet, and that meant a lot.


Romeo fought Mercutio even though he did not have to.


Some sources can include sneaking into the castle to see Juliet and all the battles.

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