Character Traits Of Rosaline In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Rosaline, Romeo’s prior love interest, is probably wise to reject him as he displays several character traits that might not make the most stable husband. The play begins with a example of the feud of two houses, Capulet and Montague, who are are having a brawl in the market square. Romeo Montague has been recently rejected by a woman named Rosaline and is extremely distraught. His friend brings him along to a party at the Capulet’s house. There he meets Juliet Capulet and immediately starts a love affair with her. This begins a tumultuous series of events which eventually leads to the young lover’s deaths. Romeo has the character trait of being extremely impulsive to the point of making flagrantly rash …show more content…
Soon after meeting his new-found love interest, he quickly marries her after only knowing her for a few short days. Not only does Romeo espouse her in a short time, he has full knowledge that she comes from the rival family. In addition, Juliet, the woman that he married, was a rebound to the fair Rosaline, who rejected him due to keeping her chastity. Another situation that aslo shows his impulsiveness is the balcony scene when he states, “ With love 's light wings did I o 'er-perch these walls; For stony limits cannot hold love out, And what love can do that dares love attempt; Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me. (JULIET) If they do see thee, they will murder thee. (ROMEO) Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye Than twenty of their swords: look thou but sweet, And I am proof against their enmity.”(2.2.66). Romeo proclaims to a girl he has just met only earlier that evening that he doesn 't care if his life is at stake to be on the Capulet property, in the dead of night, with Capulet 's only daughter and prize. He is very impulsive to be there in the first place, but even more so to say in so many words that he doesn 't really care / seem to value his life. Furthermore, soon after his rash decision to marry Juliet, her kills Tybalt, his wife’s cousin, who has murdered his friend Mercutio. Additionally, when Juliet “dies”, Romeo Montague quickly …show more content…
He is more in love with the idea of being in love than love itself. In addition the that, he does not think he has no control over his emotions. This is shown when Romeo states, “ When it is clear that Romeo is letting his heart be eaten away by his emotions for Rosaline, Benvolio begs him to listen to his advice and to forget about Rosaline. Romeo 's response is, "O, teach me how I should forget to think!" (1.1.227). This line shows emotional immaturity due to the fact that it also portrays Romeo as being immature in all aspects of life. Only an irrational, immature person believes that he/she has no control over his/her own emotions. In another incident, when Romeo finds out he is to be banished from the kingdom of Verona, he wails and cries and refers to it as “It’s torture, not mercy” (3.3.29). He does not know the true hardships of life and considers death a better option than life when he is not given what he wants. This notion that being separated from your love is more drastic than death is only thought of by someone who is not emotionally competent and mature. This quote is a show how immature and unknowing Romeo is.

The decision that Rosaline rejected Romeo as a suitor was a wise decision, if you consider all of his negative character traits. These characteristics do not befit a good husband who would be able to provide for his wife and possible family.

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