Character Analysis in Romeo and Juliet
Romeo: From the beginning of the play, Romeo is a romantic. Initially, he is head over heels in love with a woman named Rosalind who does not seem to know he exists. He then transfers this love to Juliet after meeting her at the Capulet’s party. Much of his rhetoric surrounding love for Juliet is taken from sonnet language. Throughout the play he demonstrates poor judgment and impetuous emotional responses to situations.
Juliet: Shakespeare makes a intelligent and rational empowered character out of the female lead of this play. In many readings, Juliet both trains Romeo how to love her and takes her destiny into her own hands. Though her story ends tragically, her suicide can be read as the only way in which Juliet can determine the outcome of her own life and reject her family’s expectations within her patriarchal society. It is important to remember that Juliet is very young, only thirteen, and that she is much more level-headed and mature than Romeo.
Mercutio: Although he only appears in four scenes in this play, Mercutio is one of the most memorable characters from Romeo and Juliet. His comic banter and sense of humor are complicated by his volatile and inflammable temper. Mercutio is loyal to the Capulets while being the cousin of Paris and the Prince. This loyalty gets him killed in a fight with Tybalt, which brings about the turning point in the play.
Character Analysis Examples in Romeo and Juliet:
Act I - Scene I🔒
Act I - Scene II🔒
Act I - Scene III🔒
"grow by men...." See in text (Act I - Scene III)
"already mothers..." See in text (Act I - Scene III)
"My lord and you were then at Mantua...." See in text (Act I - Scene III)
"Susan and she..." See in text (Act I - Scene III)
"I can tell her age unto an hour...." See in text (Act I - Scene III)
" pretty age..." See in text (Act I - Scene III)
Act I - Scene V🔒
Act II - Scene IV🔒
Act III - Scene I🔒
Act III - Scene II🔒
Act III - Scene V🔒
Act IV - Scene I🔒
Act V - Scene III🔒
"All this I know, and to the marriage Her nurse is privy; and if aught in this Miscarried by my fault, let my old life Be sacrific'd, some hour before his time, Unto the rigour of severest law...." See in text (Act V - Scene III)
"unkind hour(150) Is guilty..." See in text (Act V - Scene III)
"greater power than we can contradict..." See in text (Act V - Scene III)