This paper seeks to analyze characters in the popular story, Juliet and Romeo. The paper tries to review how the author of this book meddles around with characters giving them certain traits to keep the story going and attractive up to the last bit of the whole book. From the story of Juliet and Romeo, we realize that there is change in both the characters (Gale et al. 20). Romeo in the first scene changes gradually form an innocent adolescent gradually and becomes a responsible adult in the progress of the play. Juliet on the other hand also experiences changes during the play even though her changes were not genuine from the author’s perspective. The author says that her transition has a sense of forced maturity within a small period. The play majorly emphasize Juliet’s youth ignoring her growing maturity. From Juliet’s personality, we realize that she has no personality flaw, which may lead to her downfall throughout the story, and she even thrives to become the tragic heroine in the play (Gale et al. 20). The author develops hero personality systematically to an extent where she becomes the heroine of the play.
Juliet and Romeo are the main characters in the play. Juliet in specific is presented to be the most outstanding in the play. This is because of her superhuman ability of her possessing some inner strengths enabling her to possess maturity above her age. She is also quiet and obedient in the entire play. Other characters I specific, Tybalt is at loggerheads with both Juliet and Romeo. He is even ready for a duel with Romeo st scene three of the play. The feuds within the play shifts the whole story from being a love comedy to a tragedy. The Shakespeare never seemed interested in the physical appearance of this two actors but he mentions how young Juliet is by the time she fell in love with Romeo. Given that it is very rare in real cases to find such young woman like Romeo fall in love so much for a man, this therefore affects the reader by giving them an opportunity to have a personal feel of how the two were in love.
As mentioned earlier, Juliet’s personality included obedience, loving and kindness that is, quietness. On the other hand, Romeo’s outstanding personality up to the end of the story is the loving personality (Mann et al. 14). This was evident throughout the play from the point when he started telling Juliet of how much he loved her up to the moment when he died just to follow her to the grave. Juliet’s loving personality of makes her defy her parent’s advice to marry the rich and good-looking Paris. Romeo as well kills both Tybalt and Paris just because of the love he had for Juliet. Both characters believe in love. Romeo’s belief in love makes him kill Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin just because he even wanted to kill him because of his love to Juliet. He also kills Paris later just because of love. Juliet also continues with her love to Romeo even after he killed her cousin Tybalt.
Romeo has a weakness and that is lack of self-control. This is evident when he kills both Tybalt and Paris just in the name of love. He as well has a strength and loving. He demonstrates his loving ability when he killed Juliet’s cousin (Mann et al. 14). Juliet on the other hand has a strength of being resilience and committed. She showed her commitment and resilience when she refused to listen to her parents despite her father’s threats. My character is fully developed and dynamic and this is evident from their progressive development from adolescent to adulthood. My character surprises me. Romeo at the point when he killed both Tybalt and Paris poses a lot of surprise since that was the least one would expect of him. My character Romeo is not sympathetic; this is demonstrated by his actions at the end of the book when he does the killing. There is no person I know that I can relate to him.
In summary, the story of Juliet and Romeo has a lot to teach about character development in a book, story or article. The author even chose to present his work with these characters considering the nature of the message he wanted to pass which in this case is a love message.
Gale, Cengage Learning. A Study Guide for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
Mann, Juliette. “Devils to Ourselves: An analysis of the humanistic pessimism that links Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde to Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida as well as Romeo and Juliet.” (2017).