In Act I of Romeo and Juliet, what are three quotes that characterize Romeo?
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In Act I Romeo mostly shows his "lovesick" quality. That defines him most of Act I. When speaking of Rosaline's beauty and comparing her to others, he says to Benvolio,
Then on his way to the Capulet party in scene 4, he tells the guys that he will go, but his heart is too heavy for him to dance and have a good time.
Then in scene 5 we see Romeo's tragic flaw. He shows how rash he can be. As soon as he sees Juliet, he says,
In Act I of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is characterized as spoiled, introspective, and impetuous. As the son of the wealthy Montague family, Romeo is the product of privilege. When his love is spurned by a woman named Rosaline, he sulks and withdraws from society. He is a spoiled child who has had very little experience with rejection. He expresses this somewhat infantile behavior in his rant to Benvolio in Act I, Scene 1. He is outraged Rosaline refuses his advances and claims she refuses to be in love:
She’ll not be hit
With Cupid’s arrow. She hath Dian’s wit,
And, in strong proof of chastity well armed,
From love’s weak childish bow she lives uncharmed.
She will not stay the siege of loving terms,
Nor bide th’ encounter of assailing eyes,
Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold.
O, she is rich in beauty, only poor
That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store.
You have dancing shoes
With nimble soles. I have a soul of lead
So stakes me to the ground I cannot move.
I fear too early, for my mind misgives
Some consequence yet hanging in the stars
Shall bitterly begin his fearful date
With this night’s revels, and expire the term
Of a despisèd life closed in my breast
By some vile forfeit of untimely death.
O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
As a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear—
Beauty too rich for use, for Earth too dear.
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