OVERVIEW ON ROMEO, JULIET, NURSE,
MOTHER AND FATHER (JULIET’S)
In the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, we see many aspects of Romeo’s personality and character. There is a link between all of his personalities; they are all severely extreme personalities e.g.:
At the start of the play, we see that he is a ‘wet drip’ he is depressed and miserable because of his infatuated love for Rosaline but it is unrequited love from Rosaline. This mood of his goes to the extreme- he does not go out during daytime only at night, he weeps, and he locks himself out from all light and talks of his misfortune.
After this, he is happy and joking around in the square, this creates a huge affect in change of nature in his personality. Romeo was the one who started off the joking with
‘Here’s goodly gear
A sail, a sail’;
This is not usually like Romeo, as all the joking and micky taking is left to Mercutio. You might expect on Romeo to be prying on everyone who walks past because of the messenger, but instead he is joking ;#8211; this might be because he doesn’t want anyone else to know about the marriage OR that he is to excited.
Shortly after this, he changes back to serious when he is talking to Nurse about the marriage.
He still is joyful towards the marriage scene and at the marriage scene he takes the extreme again – he acts like he has not seen Juliet for years, they can’t wait to get there hands on each other ;#8211; kissing, Friar Laurence had to separate them.
Once they are married, he visits Tybalt and Mercutio in the square; he is misunderstood by Tybalt when he says how he loves him. Mercutio reacts with laughing thinking that it is a wind-up and Tybalt is annoyed and wishes to fight, Romeo refuses and Mercutio steps in and fights ;#8211; this leads to his death.
Romeo becomes violent and aggressive in this scene; he wants Tybalt killed no matter the cost. Tybalt was shocked when he saw the blood on his sword which suggests that he did not mean to do it, and it was really in a way Romeo’s fault for coming in the way but he doesn’t realise this. When he and Tybalt fight he kills him (we cannot be sure if it was by mistake when Tybalt fell on the sword because Shakespeare does not say). I do not think that Romeo knew what he was doing because it may have been out of rage, and that Tybalt was much older than he, Tybalt is also the best fighter and that may be why he was throwing a tantrum. This points out the extreme of Romeo’s personality – taking on Tybalt.
In the next scene after it has been confirmed that he is to be banished he goes to Friar Laurence (he goes to him like Juliet goes to Nurse) here he throws his tantrum of a 4 year old this shows the side of him that is still a child. He is acting childish and is crying; he needs an adult to put him right. Romeo almost commits suicide by trying to stab himself; this is the first of two attempts of death from Romeo. It is here that he has messed up everything, i.e. hidden love for Juliet’s family. Friar Laurence throws an amazing outburst to Romeo, saying that if you hadn’t of killed him; he would have killed you. This is another one of Romeo’s extreme moods when he tries to kill himself.
Once the marriage is consummated, you can see the superlative and deep love between the couple. Romeo was risking his life just to be with Juliet for two more minutes, and we also see Juliet’s intense reactions from Romeo leaving. Their love is very extreme.
When in the end he dies for Juliet, mistakenly not knowing of the set-up, you can see that life without the other one is not worth living- that’s why he kills himself.
I think the reason why he killed himself with the poison and Juliet with the dagger (the weapons are reversed girls normally use the poison and boy’s with daggers). A reason for this