Personal Response / Romeo and Juliet

My thoughts toward the characters in Romeo and Juliet are all different. I think every actor and actress made an incredible job in the play. They really transmitted a great vibe and energy. There’s no character I hate. I like them all because they all have good and bad qualities. There is no perfect character.

I believe Juliet is a passionate girl. Her willingness to die for Romeo made me believe it. She also demonstrates great courage by defying her father’s decision that she will marry Paris. She is a brave character by accepting Friar’s plan.

At first, I thought Romeo was really weak because he always spoke about how sad he was that Rosaline didn’t love him. Now I found Romeo as the most loyal character in Romeo & Juliet. Romeo was truly loyal to Mercutio. When Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo was determined to fight his death. Proving that even his great love for Juliet, it did not overshadow the loyalty he had to his friend.

I found Romeo & Juliet a tragic love story. The two main characters, Romeo and Juliet, are supposed to be enemies but they fall in love. This leads to a tragic and unexpected ending. What I liked about it was that there was no happy ending. Most plays finish when the boy and the girl end up living happily ever after. Shakespeare made a great twist which I believe that’s a reason why it is a really known play.

I found that Shakespeare uses figurative language in Romeo and Juliet. For example, I could observe constantly the use of metaphors and personifications. Romeo frequently uses them to describe Juliet’s beauty.

The first time I read the prologue I couldn’t understand the meaning of most of the words nor its context. When the play ended, I understood that the prologue its a “summary” of Romeo and Juliet. Every time I read it, I’m able to visualize the entire play.

For me,  the organization of the events was easy to understand. I did not get lost at any time, so I believe that is a good thing. The play was definitely easier to understand because you could actually see what was going on.

I believe there are different moods in Romeo and Juliet. The first mood I’m able to detect is their love. It is bright, happy, romantic but at the same time conflictive. Another one may be what Verona transmits to me which is a harsh, old, conflictive, cruel mood.

I believe most teenagers including myself can feel a connection towards Romeo and Juliet in terms of love. We may feel connected when we do stupid things for the person we believe we love the most.

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