Which character exhibits three different traits in Romeo and Juliet?Which character exhibits three different traits throughout the play? And, what lesson/meaning does Shakespeare achieve through...

Which character exhibits three different traits in Romeo and Juliet?

Which character exhibits three different traits throughout the play? And, what lesson/meaning does Shakespeare achieve through having the character show these conflicting traits?

Example: Benvolio: peaceful, Tybalt: violent. Lesson is in favor of peace because Tybalt dies, Benvolio lives.


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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Juliet also shows many differing character traits in the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare. The author shows us many lessons about her and about human nature through his portrayal of her different moods and her different capabilities. For example, we see that she is an extremely intelligent young woman - it takes quick thinking of the highest order to parry the blows of her mother's onslaught about Tybalt without getting found out about her true feelings for Romeo. So, secondly, she is also a marvellous actress! She pulls it off and has Lady Capulet fooled by her apparent eagerness for poisonous punishment after her cousin's killing. Juliet can also be sweet and demure as we see through her first cautiousness towards Romeo's initial flirting - of course he finds this this alluring. Shakespeare teaches us the lesson that the young are resourceful and daring when it comes to true love.

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In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, although Mercutio has the name most connotative of mood swings, Romeo is the character who is the most mercurial.  Introduced as a almost Hamlet-like character who bemoans his fate in life, the victim of unrequited love who speaks in oxymorons, Romeo acquiesces to his loyal friend Benvolio's attempts to distract him, by attending the feast given for Juliet Capulet.  Once there, he becomes the quintessential romantic who is dazzled by Juliet, who "doth teach the torches to burn."  With the bravado of love, he recklessly, scales the walls of the Capulet orchard just to see "his love," whom he describes in metaphor and images of light.

Impulsively, then, after receiving Juliet's declaration of love, Romeo rushes to Friar Laurence's cell, demanding that the priest perform the marriage of him and Juliet.  This assertive personality is exhibited later, after Romeo leaves the marriage bed of Juliet only to encounter the enraged Tybalt. 

At first, Romeo tries to explain to Tybalt that he no longer harbors antipathy for him, but Tybalt does not understand and continues his duel with Mercutio, slaying him.  Then, Romeo becomes disgusted with himself, saying he has become weak and "womanish." Enraged, he kills Tybalt to avenge the death of his friend Mercutio. However, when he learns that he is banished by the Prince, Romeo flings himself on the floor before Friar Laurence who accuses him of acting like a girl as he melodramatically exclaims that he will be in hell if he cannot be with Juliet.

In the last two acts of the play, Romeo loses his weakness in acts of defiance against fate as he returns to Verona in order to be with Juliet, even in death.  Now a desperate man, Romeo slays Paris, whom he suspects of desecrating Juliet's tomb.  Yet, there is one constant in this impulsive, mercurial character and that is his fidelity to his love, Juliet.

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