How does Romeo's character change over the course of the play?

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Romeo, at the beginning of the play, is rather a loner, keeping to himself after being rejected by Rosaline. However, once Romeo becomes infatuated with Juliet , his personality becomes more lively. As he falls in love with Juliet, he becomes solely focused on his love for her and...

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Romeo, at the beginning of the play, is rather a loner, keeping to himself after being rejected by Rosaline. However, once Romeo becomes infatuated with Juliet, his personality becomes more lively. As he falls in love with Juliet, he becomes solely focused on his love for her and his desire to be with her in spite of their families' generational feud. Romeo becomes more assured that his feelings for Juliet are much more than the feelings of infatuation he had for Rosaline. Romeo's character grows in the sense that he is self-assured of his love. However, his character also takes on an obsessiveness that ultimately kills him, as he can not imagine living without his beloved Juliet. Romeo, by the end of the play, can not find a strong enough reason to live after Juliet's death, and so he takes his own life. This progression, from rapidly changing his affections from Rosaline to Juliet to killing himself after Juliet's death, certainly shows that he has changed immensely throughout the play.

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The biggest change in Romeo seems to be in his willingness to take action. Initially, Romeo spends long hours wandering around the woods by himself, shuttered into a dark room. When he meets Juliet (the sun), he comes out of his darkness literally and metaphorically.

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