Romeo exhibits many typical personality traits of the Shakespearean lover but with an added fiery impulsiveness. As the story's hero, he displays gallantry, wit, courage and passion throughout the play. His passion, however, ultimately acts as a tragic flaw that causes fatal errors and leads him toward his demise.Know More
Romeo is extremely passionate and shows his intensity of feeling even in the descriptions of his more superficial love for Rosaline early in the play. Dr. Maginn states in "The Shakespeare Papers" that his thoughts and loves are swift as lightning. The rapid pulse of his life becomes the rapid choice in his despair that leads him to end it when he believes that Juliet is dead. Romeo is also a dreamer who often speaks in highly poetic and metaphorical language, such as when he describes Juliet as the sun rising in the east when she appears at her balcony in Act two, Scene two.
Romeo is beloved of nearly all the characters in the play, and their feelings toward him indicate much about his personality. The nurse describes him as being gentle as a lamb. His parents worry about his melancholy but treat him gently and without reproach, which suggests he is sensitive. His close friends tease and banter with him, and when he is with them, he shows his cleverness and love for verbal jousting. He also shows no fear in the dangerous streets at a time when brawling is common. Only Tybalt speaks disdainfully toward him, and, according to Dr. Maginn, even this is complimentary and indicates that Tybalt, the play's most accomplished fighter, sees worthiness in Romeo as an opponent.Learn more about Plays
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is generally regarded as a tragedy because it features dramatic and devastating events when the two main protagonists die at the end. It doesn't, however, fit the conventional mode of Greek tragedies.Full Answer >
Benvolio's name is reflective of his personality, literally meaning "good will." Benvolio is constantly thrust into the role of peace keeper throughout Romeo and Juliet, though in the end he is unsuccessful.Full Answer >
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is filled with examples of hyperbole, such as when Romeo says that "[t]he brightness of [Juliet's] cheek would shame those stars, / As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven / Would through the airy region stream so bright / That birds would sing and think it were not night" (Act 2). This statement is hyperbolic because Juliet is not literally shining like the sun, and her eyes do not actually cause the birds to think that it is daytime.Full Answer >
In lines 157 to 163 of William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet," the nurse tells Romeo that he must not lead Juliet on or lie to her, as it is a "weak" thing to do. She says this would be "gross behavior" because of Juliet's young age.Full Answer >