Help Deciding on a "Favorite" Character in "Romeo and Juliet"How do I select a favorite character to write about? My teacher says, for example, "If Juliet is your favorite character in the...
How do I select a favorite character to write about? My teacher says, for example, "If Juliet is your favorite character in the play " The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet," why is she your favorite?
Personally, I would like to slap both Romeo and Juliet upside the head. Romeo is completely rebounding from having been rejected by one Capulet already (Rosaline). So what does he do? He goes for the first pretty girl who allows him to kiss her. He's not thinking with the head between his shoulders, that's for sure! SHE is the one who brings up the idea of marriage with "I have no joy in this contract tonight"... there was no mention of anything more than superficial "you're hot" kind of conversation up to that point. Juliet had just told her mother not a few hours before that marriage was "an honor" she hasn't even considered. She goes to her first grown-up party and a good looking guy comes along and kisses her... and it's LOVE. Please! It's HORMONES!! They both act impulsively by hurrying to get married the next day, and then when things go wrong, they hurridly kill themselves. There's no common sense in either one of these two because they are so caught up in their infatuation (ie: their tragic flaw). If Juliet had gone to her parents to say she's met a guy named Romeo, based on what Papa Calupet said at the party (he told Tybalt that he'd heard Romeo was a fine young man), her parents might have come to the conclusion that getting the kids together might mend their feud after all.
As for which character I like, Mercutio is a hoot. His jokes are great even if he is a hot head.
If a character does not immediately come to mind, then you should perhaps make a character chart for a couple of them, say, Juliet, the Nurse, or Romeo. Do you like Juliet's stubborness? Her quickness to fall in love? Her defiance of her mother and father? Her willingness to go to such extraordinary lengths to be with her man?
What lines strike you as memorable? On your chart of traits, try to find one or two that correspond with each of the characteristics that you admire. For example, in love she is quick to deny everything she knows: "(B)e but sworn my love, / And I'll no longer be a Capulet," she promises (2.2.24-25).
If you do this for each of the character traits you find compelling, ie, identify, find support, and reflect on the meaning both for your chosen character and for yourself, you'll have a paper done in no time at all, I promise! :)
For futher writing guidelines, you may also want to visit our page, "How to Write a Character Analysis."
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I like Juliet for a couple reasons. Foremost, she decides to go against the will of her father, who plans to have her marry Paris, and attempts a risky elopement with Romeo. Like all great characters in literature, she expresses her individuality here, and follows her heart rather than the dictates of her authoritarian father.
Juliet also speaks some of the more memorable and lyrical passages in the play. For example, speaking of Romeo:
And when he shall die
Take him and cut him out into little stars,
and he will make the face of heaven so fine
that all the world will be in love with night,
and pay no attention to the garish sun.
This quote is part of the extensive imagery presented in the play. You can read about that aspect of the play here in this essay on imagery and language in Romeo and Juliet.
If you don't know what to say, then obviously she isn't your favorite character. Maybe the word "favorite" needs to be changed. Look over the play again. Is there anyone who stands out to you? Is there someone you'd like to have a conversation with? I'd like to take Juliet by the shoulders and give her a good shaking. How could she possibly consider spending the rest of her life with a guy she hardly knows. I mean, she doesn't even know if he picks his nose or burps at the dinner table or something else annoying. Think about it. You can do it!
Personally, I love Mercutio! He has a great sense of humor, imagination, creativity, and the gift of gab. I love his speeches and his cheerful outlook on life...even if he gets in the way of Tybalt's squabble with Romeo and gets the short end of the stick. Ha!
What about Benvolio? Such a "good man!" Although he is not very prominent in the play, he is a good friend to both Romeo and Mercutio. Plus, he is consistently honest.