Why does Romeo say that he can't dance?Why does Romeo say that he can't dance?
While conversing with Mercutio on the way to the Capulet ball, Romeo responds to dancing with, " You have dancing shoes with nimble soles. I have a soul of lead so stakes me to the ground I cannot move"(1.4.15-16). Romeo comes across in 1.4 of the play as a defeatist, fatalistic, love-sick teenage boy. He is a state of turmoil because of Rosaline's rejection. Unlike Mercutio, Romeo is a true romantic - the whole ritual of courtship/love are of utmost importance. Nowadays, Romeo could be labeled as "emo" boy due to his state of melancholy.