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Romeo by Mind Map: Romeo

1. character

1.1. Romeo is a romantic character- he talks about love a lot

1.2. when he falls in love with Juliet it happens instantly- and within 24 hours he's married to her, is this stupid or does that show his love towards Juliet

1.3. Romeo rushes into whatever his feeling tell him to do, which makes him seem passionate and easily swept up in emotion

2. rosaline

2.1. at first Romeo was in love with Rosaline, Romeo is "in sadness" because he thinks he is in love with Rosaline.

2.2. Romeo's love for her seems childish and unrealistic. friar Lawrence says, "thy love did read by the rote" - Romeo thinks he knows what love is from poems and books, but has never really experienced it.

2.3. Mercutio mocks Romeo's habit of writing clichéd love poems, "pronounce but love", which suggests Romeo's feelings for rosaline weren't very real

2.4. Juliet says "you kiss by the book" -perhaps he's a good kisser, but doesn't put much felling into it

2.5. at first, Romeo describes his feeling using images that seem clever but nit very emotional, "o that i were a glove". Shakespeare does this to show that early on the play, Romeo knows more about the poetic language of love than the actual emotion

3. development

3.1. Romeo becomes more realistic when he meets Juliet. he gives a "faithful vow" to have organised thier wedding "by the hour of nine", their relatioship is more practical and real.

3.2. his descriptions of feeling seem more honest, " the measure of thy joy be heap'd like mine"

3.3. there are two ways of interpreting Romeo's relationship with rosaline. some people think that his immature attitude towards Rosaline makes his love for Juliet seem more powerful in comparison

4. funny/ intelligent

4.1. Romeo's not always mooning about love. with his friends, his humour is "most sharp" and he makes a rude pun about "my pump". when Romeo is joking around, Mercurio says "now are thou Romeo", which suggests he's usually more fun

4.2. Shakespeare uses Romeo's dialogues with Mercurio to show his sense of humour, but also his flaws. Mercutio teases Romeo for being too soppy

4.3. this makes their friendship seem strong, mercutio is close enough to Romeo to be brutally honest, and reminds the audience that Romeo is obsessed with love, which is possibly his biggest flaw

5. stupid things

5.1. Romeo never seems to think things through. he's usually giving fancy descriptions of his feelings, or rushing about getting into duels and arranging secret marriages.

5.2. other characters tell him to go "wisely and slow" or to stop "drivelling love", but he doesn't listen to their advice , which makes him seem headstrong.

5.3. Romeo believes in the power of fate and thinks he is "fortune's fool", controlled by some greater force.

5.4. he's not completely blameless. he's partly s victim of fate and partly a victim of his own impulsive actions. for example, he doesn't stop to think before killing Tybalt.