What are some quotes in Romeo and Juliet that show Romeo's growing maturity?
While young Romeo is very impulsive and follows his "violent delights" without heeding the advice of wiser adults such as Friar Lawrence, who warns against the "violent ends" of these delights, Romeo does gradually begin to consider the consequences of his actions.
In Act III, for instance, recklessly injects himself into the altercation between Mercutio and Tybalt. He tells Tybalt that now he loves him, a statement which has caused Mercutio to draw his sword in his anger at Romeo's "vile submission." Tybalt then stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm, and Romeo in turn slays Tybalt.
Romeo's impulsive actions have wrought tragedy, and he regrets them. Later in Act V, a more mature Romeo apologizes to Tybalt in the tomb of the Capulets:
Oh, what better favor can I do for you than to kill the man who killed you with the same hand that made you die young. Forgive me, cousin! (5.3.104-106)
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