Analysis of Romeo Montague from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet


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Romeo is son and heir of Montague and Lady Montague. He’s a handsome man of about sixteen who falls easily
in and out of love demonstrating his immaturity.

At the beginning of the play he is hopelessly in love with Rosaline but immediately falls in love with Juliet at first sight -
Could this be fate? Shakespeare encourages us to question Romeo’s feelings towards Juliet. However, Romeo proves his love through his integrity and actions and he secretly marries Juliet with the help of his friend and confident Friar Lawrence.

Romeo is not interested in the on-going feud between his family and the Capulets – he is not a violent man. Tybalt tries to provoke Romeo into fighting him but, true to character, Romeo is not drawn in. However, when his close friend is killed by Tybalt, Romeo retaliates and kills in a fit of rage and grief.

Response to analysis

I think that the writer of this analysis believes that the character of Romeo Montague grows throughout the play/movie of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Information from the analysis that supports this. The writer describes Romeo actions and being at the start of the play/movie as immature and hopeless, but later states that Romeo proves him-self and his love through good actions and showing integrity, which shows growth. The writer also shows that Romeo becomes decisive through his decision to not become involved in the family feud (until his friend is murdered).