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Why is Romeo immature ?Why is Romeo immature ? 

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swimgirl12 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 23, 2008 at 1:18 PM via web

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Why is Romeo immature ?

Why is Romeo immature ? 

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robertwilliam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 24, 2008 at 12:20 PM (Answer #2)

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I suppose one of the key things that is traditionally seen to mae Romeo immature is the way he suddenly changes his romantic desire from Rosaline (an off-stage character, never seen, whom he loves as the play opens) to Juliet - based, of course, on a single glimpse.

Moreover, Romeo is hugely - almost comically - impetuous: look at the way he insists that Friar Laurence marries him and Juliet the very same day; and look, more interestingly, at the way he murders Tybalt immediately after hearing of Mercutio's death. Friar Laurence repeatedly says that his reaction is immature and "womanish" - tears and tearing out his hair: but the key point is that Romeo ruins his own future in Verona (and Friar Laurence's plan that the wedding between R+J will heal the Capulet and Montague feud).  And for no real reason - no real gain.  

Perhaps the most immature thing about Romeo then is his inability to think before he acts: and indeed, his suicide (entirely unnecessary as it turns out: Juliet is alive) seals the tragedy of the play.

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