3 Physical Description Tall Skinny yet seemingly strong Handsome (apparently)CaucasianBrown hair, blue eyesClean and clear and under control skinTo summarise, a “pretty mummy’s boy” look if you believe in stereotypes
4 Personality TraitsLover. The most obvious trait. In a world ruled of hate, Romeo chooses to disobey this and show love. Love for his kinsmen, love for Juliet.Impulsive. Another obvious trait. This is shown to us by how Romeo time and time again goes after what he wants, and only what he wants, in most cases – Juliet.Heroic. When Romeo avenges Mercutio by killing Tybalt it can be seen as heroic. The ‘evil’ Tybalt killing an ‘innocent’ in Mercutio and the good Romeo avenging him.Foolish. Romeo proves this time and time again. He does not think about his actions, he justs acts. It is his foolishness that helps seal his fate. Killing Tybalt, coming back into Verona from exile – both seemingly foolish and senseless acts.Easily led. Romeo acts solely on his emotions, they dictate what he does. Again, he does not think about what he is doing – he just does it based on how he is feeling at the time. This also helps lead to his and Juliet’s death as he allows his rage, his love, and his sadness to dictate his actions.Peacemaker. Romeo tries to make peace between the two families by not fighting Tybalt but only succeeds in this goal when he sacrifices his life.Moody. Romeo changes mood every 5 minutes in the film. He goes from being sadness at the very beginning to happiness when he meets Juliet, and then to rage when Mercutio dies and so on and so on until his death.Hurried. Similar to foolish. Romeo does not think about what he does, he just does it! He acts as though today is his last and there is no tomorrow. If Romeo rationalised and thought about his actions before making them, he and Juliet would not have died the way they did.Risk taker. Throughout the film Romeo takes risks. Most of which, are seemingly stupid and badly reasoned. Going back to the Capulet Mansion to see Juliet, stepping down from the fight with Tybalt, killing Tybalt and coming back into the city after exile are just a few risks Romeo made. Funnily enough, all mentioned were hurried, foolish and were because of his emotions too.Easily depressed. As mentioned, Romeo easily changes emotions and does so frequently, however, he is most easily depressed. When even the slightest thing goes wrong he becomes sad ie. when he can’t see Juliet for the shortest time.
5 Key Scenes and Events for Romeo The ball at the Capulet Mansion (first meets Juliet). This is important because it shows Romeo and Juliet’s love and want for each other right from the first time they exchange sights.When Mercutio dies, and when he kills Tybalt. This is a turning point for Romeo. He has thrown away all sense and given in to his emotions. Now, he has no choice but to pursue them. He needs his Juliet more than ever and it is the only thing now important to him.When he is exiled, and doesn’t find the Priest’s letter. This is where Romeo’s impulsiveness and hastiness means the end for him and Juliet. By leaving without noticing the letter, Romeo seals his fate. WithAt the church, when both he and Juliet die. Of course this is an important event and scene. This is where Romeo makes his mark. He willingly gives it all up. He thinks he has lost his wife and he has lost his best friend all due to his families quarrel with the Capulets. He sacrifices himself for the families to stop their fighting and to move on.
6 Strengths and Weaknesses Loyal to Juliet and everyone he cares about whether it be his lover or his kinsmen.Coming back into Verona after being banished to see his Juliet one last time was courageous. Also, killing himself to be with Juliet could be seen to some as a courageous act.Filled with love for Juliet and for his kinsmen too. Will do, or sacrifice, almost anything for them.Has strong beliefs in his religion and what he believes is right and wrong. The most important of these beliefs is that he and Juliet should be together.WeaknessesImpulsive. Must have what we wants and he will go after it no matter what it takes – he will even disobey the law.Risk taker. Links to impulsiveness. Romeo is willing to risk himself for Juliet by coming back into the city, knowing he could die. Takes the risk of not fighting Tybalt and also risks going back to the Capulet Mansion after the ball to see Juliet. He continuously takes risks throughout the film.Consumed by emotions easily. Romeo allows himself to be controlled by love, or rage or hate. For example, when he is with Juliet love is the only thing on his mind, but after Tybalt killed Mercutio, hate was the only thing that mattered to him. Mood swings in a way.
7 Changes Romeo Goes Through Throughout the majority of the film Romeo is seen as an impulsive person that wants a lot and will only have what he wants. Mainly, Romeo wants Juliet and always wants to be with her. However, right at the very end this all changes. As Romeo thinks Juliet is dead inside the church, he elects to kill himself. He does this to 1. be with his Juliet in heaven, and most importantly, 2. to show to Verona and the two families that what their fighting has caused and that it must stop. Romeo goes to a complete opposite. He used to want things for himself no matter what the cost, and now he is giving something priceless to Verona and the two families in the form of peace.A constant change of Romeo’s is his emotions. Throughout the film Romeo is constantly changing his feelings dramatically in the forms of complete rage, dominating love or engulfing sadness. He hits these in extremes and switches between every 5 minutes. At the beginning, Romeo is filled with sadness shown to us by the rain and cold dark weather the first time we meet him. Soon enough, after being convinced to go to the Capulet Ball he is overwhelmed with happiness when meeting Juliet. Not long after this, Mercutio dies and rage is the only thing on Romeo’s mind resulting in him killing Tybalt. Then, he is exiled and not able to see Juliet and hearing of her “pass away”, he is again filled with depression. Each emotion is like a different Romeo and it seems as though every 10 minutes he changes.In the beginning Romeo is shown to us as a sad, lonely young boy with no real interest in socialising and could not really care less about what was happening in the world. After meeting Juliet and falling in love Romeo becomes happier and more involved with his friends and with Juliet. Soon enough, Juliet and his kinsmen mean everything to him as shown to us by Romeo’s reaction when Mercutio dies. Romeo cares for his friends and Juliet more than anything now and would not sacrifice them for anything. He would even give his life for them, as shown.
8 What Romeo Helps Teach Us In the beginning Romeo is a sad young boy and he only really finds happiness when he meets Juliet and falls in love. Romeo teaches us that it is necessary to have love, not necessarily a partner but to have friends you genuinely care about and are close with even. You need to have someone who can make you happy. Although Romeo lived a short life, in the end he did lead a happy one. When with Juliet, Romeo was always happy even after killing Tybalt! This shows us just how powerful having this kind of love can be. If Romeo wasn’t so impulsive, so hurried, his and Juliet’s deaths wouldn’t of happened like they did and chances are they would be living happily ever after with mostly trouble free lives and would be happy until their deaths. This goes to show that people need to be happy, and people need to have someone that can make them happy.One big thing Romeo teaches us is that we cannot let ourselves be controlled by our emotions and led by how we feel. Rationalising and thinking before acting is something that would of saved Romeo and Juliet’s lives. Bar the impulsiveness and emotional dictation, Romeo and Juliet are good role models of genuinely good people. As it is thought, their fatal flaws being their impulsiveness and the ease of which they are led by their emotions. We can learn from Romeo that it is ok to feel passionately, in fact, it is good, it can make us happy and in a way, keep us healthy, but it is not ok to give in to our emotions and let them lead us as it could be our downfall.
10 Romeo -- JulietThe relationship between Romeo and Juliet has helped me to understand that love at first sight can happen even if it is not very often. I think that Romeo holds the power in this relationship because he is the one that makes the move on her e.g. he grabs her hand from behind the pillar and leads her into the elevator where they engage in a very loveable activity.
11 Romeo -- Juliet Cont.This relationship changes when Romeo kills Juliet’s kinsman Tybalt. Because Romeo is exiled from Verona (“Tybalt is dead, and Romeo exiled.”) because of this incident which means that he and Juliet cannot continue their relationship in the way they were. It changes from a tight knit relationship to a long distance relationship which puts strain on their relationship. Romeo’s actions change in this relationship after he kills Tybalt because he is more hurried and on the run whereas before he was more relaxed and calm.
12 Romeo -- Juliet Cont.Juliet’s actions change after Romeo’s incident because she is confused and distraught at the thought that Romeo is going to be taken away from her. This is shown when she points the guns to her head and starts screaming.
13 Techniques That Show This Relationship Lack of DialogueSoundLightingDialogueCutting
14 Romeo -- MercutioThe relationship between Romeo and Mercutio helps me to understand the hate between the two houses because this is what ends up killing him. Tybalt kills him because Mercutio is fighting in place of Romeo because Romeo doesn’t want to fight him because of Juliet. So he dies in a fight that wasn’t really his.
15 Romeo -- Mercutio Cont.This shows that Romeo and Mercutio are pretty ‘tight’ because he would have to be to be in a fight that could and does kill him. This relationship changes just before Mercutio dies because he curses the two fighting family including Romeo he best friend. Also the two fighting families is what leads to his downfall and eventually kills him and if these families weren’t fighting he might have lived a bit longer.
16 Romeo -- Mercutio Cont.I think that Mercutio holds the power in this relationship because he is the one that steps in to fight Tybalt and he is the one that is the drag queen and the more outrageous of them both.
17 Techniques That Show This Relationship MusicDialogueSoundLighting
18 Romeo -- His FamilyI think that Romeo holds the power in this relationship because he is the one that leaves his family for Juliet and he spends more time with Juliet than with his family. Also his family isn’t directly involved in the families war where Romeo is in the middle of it. This relationship has helped me to understand Romeo does not entirely rely on his family to support and that you don’t need your family to live your life to its fullest
19 Romeo -- His Family Cont. Also it has helped me to understand that Romeo isn’t immature like the other Montague boys but that he is as violent as they are when he kills Tybalt. This relationship changes when Romeo dies because the family is engulfed in sadness and they realise what the war is doing to their family so it changes because their attitude towards Romeo changes
20 Techniques That Show This Relationship SoundMusicCut ShotsDialogue
22 In the ball scene, a piece of dialogue Romeo says “is love a tender thing? It is too rough , too rude and pricks like a thorn”Here he is saying that love does not always end happily, that love does not always go how you want it too, and in the end will hurt you.This shows Romeo’s view on love, but his actions contradicts what he says, as he falls in love with Juliet at first sight, which is “blind” love and lust.This, in the end leads to their fate where Juliet poisons herself, this hurts Romeo as he thinks she is dead, so he kills himself, Juliet wakes up, sees Romeo dying, which hurts her too and then kills herself.This is all for love, this shows Romeo is impulsive and foolish.
23 Another piece of dialogue in the ball scene Romeo says is “I fear too early…direct my sail” Here he is saying that his mind is telling him there is a consequence that will involve fate and the decisions he makes.This involves an early death which he feels is linked to the Capulet party and even though he feels this, is willing to ignore it and go to the party anyway.This shows Romeo is again foolish and impulsive, but is also willing to take risks and has a “doesn’t want to die wondering” attitude, also he doesn’t want to think about the future and is careless.
24 After Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo chases after him in a car chase, while this is happening music is playing in the backgroundThe music is fast paced and loud which associates itself with the car chase and what is happening at the time. This contrasts slow music in other scenes where there is usually not much action happening.This music represents the mood he is in at the time. It shows us that he is filled with hate and rage and wants revenge. This contrasts his “other” side which is shown when he first meets JulietIt also shows how deeply he was connected to Mercutio and how he wanted to punish Tybalt for what he did.
25 In the scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet the music playing relates to religion, purity and heaven and is slow.The music in this scene contrasts the music in earlier scenes, which is angry and fast.This shows two sides to Romeo and completely contrasts with his violent side which we later see in the film.This ‘other’ side also contrasts the people he associates himself with.This shows us that Romeo can adapt himself to the situation he is in easily, and as well as all the violence he and his friends are connected to, Romeo also knows how to love.
26 In the final scene where Romeo sees Juliet dead in the church, the eerie silence that fills the room shows that he has given up and realised that there is no longer a point in living without her.Furthermore, this shows that love has possessed him and without Juliet, he is nothing.Also that he is a weak person in the way he handles the situation.Romeo is usually associated with some sort of music when he is on screen, this is contrasted by the silence in the final scene and shows that his life has changed forever.
27 Near the end of the film, when Romeo is running away from the cops, to the church to kill himself, he takes a guy hostage so he doesn’t get shot and says “do not tempt a desperate man”This shows us that because Romeo killed Tybalt, he knows that he has also killed Juliet’s kinsman and thinks that Juliet will not forgive him.This shows us that even though Romeo is continuously involved with violence, he does not want to kill, and this is enforced when Romeo does not want to fight Tybalt, so instead Mercutio does.This also show us that he feels he deserves to die because of the anguish he caused Juliet and he doesn’t want to see her suffer.
29 The BallCostumeAt the Capulet ball Romeo is dressed as a knight in shining armour. This enforces the idea of a fairy tale story of love and how he is going to be a saviour to Verona and the two families. His costume shows that he is protecting himself in some way from the Capulet family and moreover protecting himself from the violent city that he lives in. and this contrasts to Tybalt’s costume which is a devil costume to Romeo’s costume, a knight in shining armour, which is usually associated with good and pureness.
30 The BallLightingAt the Capulet Ball Romeo grabs Juliet and takes her into the elevator. The lighting behind them is a bright white light and consumes them. Juliet is dressed as an angel so it enforces the idea of religion in the film and its relevance in the society of Verona. The light that surrounds them represents pureness and ‘light’ the two give of into a dark, violent city.
31 The Car ChaseCameraThe camera work in the car chase helps to show us the emotions that consume Romeo after Tybalt has just killed Mercutio. There is a close up on his face allows the audience to see that he is possessed with rage, hate and a desire to seek revenge for his friend Mercutio. The camera work is hectic, it is spinning around and the picture is blurry. This shows us that Romeo doesn’t have control over his actions and that he is ‘spinning out of control’.
32 ColourColourThe Montague's (Romeo’s family) and Capulet’s (Juliet’s family) have there own colour that symbolises them and separates them from the rest of the people in the city, this shows us that the two families are very powerful and influential in Verona. The Capulet colour is blue and the Montague colour is yellow. These two colours are on opposite sides of the colour wheel to each other, this shows us there differences. Romeo meets Juliet for the first time when they are in the bathroom at the ball. The fish tank that separates them is filled with bright yellow and blue fish which is a symbol for the two families getting along in peace but this cannot happen until Romeo and Juliet are together. The young men in the two families drive cars that are blue and yellow, this shows us that the rivalry between the two houses is carried down throughout the entire family.
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