Romeo Montague

Describe at least on character you enjoyed reading about in William Shakespears 'Romeo and Juliet'. Explain why the character helped you understand the main idea of the text of 'revenge and its consequences.'

Romeo Montague

This essay will discuss the character Romeo Montague from William Shakespears 'Romeo  and Juliet' and an aspect of him that i found enjoyable, the aspect i will discuss is his impulsiveness. I shall also discuss how he helped me better understand the text and its main idea of 'Revenge and its consequences.' Romeo is a boy of just sixteen years who resides in Verona. He is a member of the family Montague, a family that for many generations has been locked in a feud with the family Capulet. Romeo is in a relationship with with a woman Rosaline, but this relationship leaves him constantly mopey and depressed because Rosaline will not have, "that, which, having" makes the hours short, sex. But the moment he sets eyes on Juliet he is instantly smitten. Romeos character is passionate, love-sick and often impulsive, he has a woeful longing for a love he is yet to have.

The first instance of Romeos impulsiveness i will discuss is his entire relationship with Juliet Capulet. Whilst at a Capulet party of which he had snuck in to (an impulsive act in itself) he sets eyes on Juliet and is instantly smitten with love. They kiss and exchanged words of love and passion but are soon separated, at which point they discover each-others identities. Romeo and his friends leave the party but before they have even left the grounds Romeo, out of impulse and love decides to climb over the Capulets wall and see Juliet once again, which shows once again great impulsiveness for it could have led to his death at the hands of the Capulet guards. When Juliet asks Romeo hows he could get over the wall he responds, "With loves light wings did i o'er perch these walls." This response shows he was acting only on impulsive passion. Romeo and Juliet's entire relationship continues at this fast pace, inside five days of their meeting they, Confess their love to each-other, are married, have sex, and die. All of these events happening in suck a small time frame perfectly shows Romeos impulsiveness. I enjoyed Romeos  trait of impulsiveness because it is a trait common in youth, and it is all too easy to forget Romeos youth with the magnitude of the events that un-fold around him and the actions he takes. It also helps modern day audiences cope with the idea of a sixteen year old and a fourteen year old getting married. 

My second example of Romeos impulsiveness is his immediate dash back to verona, which he, at the time, had been banished from, from his current home in Mantua at first word of Juliet's 'death'. Romeo (ignorant to Friar Lawrence and Juliet's plan to fake Juliet's death) is told by Balthasar  that Juliet's body "lies in the Capels' monument." In anger and sadness Romeo declares that he "will hence tonight" to verona where he plans to kill himself. This is an act of passion and impulse, for if he had waited in Mantua, rather than dash back to verona and kill himself, he would have received word from Friar Lawrence stating that juliet is well and letting him in on the plan. This may have led to a happy ending for Romeo and juliet rather than his actions consequently leading to both their deaths. The reason i enjoyed this act of impulsiveness is that it, and other cases like it, make the play the fast pacedintense love story it is, rather than some 'everything works out for the best' lovey-dovey' story.

Romeos character helps the reader understand the main idea of the text  'revenge and its consequences' through events throughout the text. One example of this is Romeo's killing of Tybalt. Romeo initially would not kill Tybalt (Due to his new found maturity and now being married to Tybalts family through Juliet) but when, whilst tryiing to break up a fray between Mercutio and Tybalt, Mercutio is stabbed under Romeos arm by Tybalt, Romeo, in a fit of rage, seeks revenge on Tybalt and fights him in the streets to Tybalts death. The consequence of Romeos revenge is his banishment, which consequently leads to he and juliets inevitable deaths, but in light of their deaths and saddness it also leads to a truce between the families of Montague and Capulet.

This essay has discussed William Shakespears character Romeo Montague, his impulsiveness and why it makes him a better character. Also how Romeo helped the reader understand the texts main idea of 'revenge and its consequences'.