What does the exchange between Romeo and Benvolio demonstrate about Romeo's personality in Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo & Juliet?Doing this for book club and my ideas seem so dull.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't know that my ideas will be any less dull...

If the side of Romeo that is portrayed in this scene is the real Romeo, then I don't want anything to do with him.  He's melancholy, overdramatic, immature, self-centered, and (seemingly) interested only in Rosaline for her looks.

Here's a guy who comes along and sees blood in the street.  He knows it's quite possibly the blood of someone he knows.  And what does that make him talk about?  His own love problems.  How self-centered is that?  All he can talk about, in overly dramatic words, is his "love."

If I met a friend and I say "good morning" and all he can say is "is it that early -- time drags when you're in love and she doesn't love you..." it would seem excessive.

The other thing that strikes me is that Romeo never describes his love in any but physical terms.  Nothing about her personality, how she makes him feel.  Just about her looks.

So, none of that sounds very original, but it's what I think...

 

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