Romeo's Character Connections

Noah Austin

Act 1, Scene 5

At first sight, Juliet and Romeo have fallen in love. They meet at a Capulet party and Juliet doesn't know that Romeo is a Montague. In utter disbelief, Juliet shouts, "My only love sprung from my only hate! Early seen unknown, and known to late!" (1018 154-155). After going on and on about her love for Romeo, Juliet now knows that her love for Romeo must be kept a secret. This obviously upsets Juliet, because if her family and Romeo's got along, Then she wouldn't have to hide her love for Romeo from her parents and the rest of the Capulets.

Act 3, Scene 1

Sometime soon after the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt, Mercutio dies. Mercutio was one of Romeo's best friends, so Romeo feels he must avenge the death of Mercutio. After finding Tybalt and killing him, in a voice of exitement and advice Benvolio says to Romeo, "Romeo, away, be gone! The citizens are up and Tybalt slain. Stand not amazed. The Prince will doom the death if though art taken. Hence, be gone, away!" (1048 141-144). The conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues has led to yet two more deaths in less than one days time. Romeo now flees Verona, and goes to Mantua, where he waits for word from Friar Laurence or Juliet.

Prince speaking to city of Verona.

Act 4, Scene 1

The in love Juliet is saddened even more so than she was when she heard that Romeo was a Montague. She has now been given word that she will be marrying Paris, the man whom she is not in love with. She goes and talks with Friar Laurence, where she says with a voice of sorrow, " O, bid me leap rather than marry Paris, from off the battlements of yonder tower." (1074 85-86). She makes it very clear to the Friar that she would Rather die than marry Paris. Juliet longs for the fighting between the two families to stop, so she can love Romeo without worry of being caught and punished. Her hope of one day Living happily with Romeo, her beloved husband, seem to be fading in the distance.

People should always set aside their differences and try to get along with one another.

Romeo and Juliet may still be alive if it weren't for the rivalry between Capulet and Montague. With hopes of promoting change ,the Prince exclaimed, " Capulet, Montague, See what scourge is laid upon your hate." (1101 315-316). This exclamation leads the reader/audience to believe that if the Capulets and the Montagues would've accepted each other, many of the deaths that happened throughout the book wouldn't have occurred.