What was Romeo really like in Shakespeare's classic?
"For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo." I wouldn’t hesitate to agree with Shakespeare on this. Romeo definitely added his own dynamic twist to The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. He never failed to add a climactic spin in a scene, or turn something rather minor into a full-fledged dilemma. From his wild antics with Tybalt to his ignorant love escapades, Romeo truly was a dramatic, entertaining character that helped make the drama what it was.
No matter the circumstance, Romeo managed to show his true personality fairly well. From observing how Romeo reacted to the somewhat stressful and nail-biting situations he found himself in, I would definitely conclude the one major personality trait that he possesses would be emotionality. When Mercutio was stabbed by Tybalt, instead of Romeo handling the situation rationally, he immediately ignored common thought processes, overlooked the potential consequences for his irresponsible actions, and went after Tybalt recklessly. Another example of his foolishness would be the situation in which Romeo initially spotted Juliet at the Capulet’s party. Although he never managed to make a mockery of himself in this scene, he still was being overly fervent by considering himself deeply in love with a girl he had hardly spoken to.
Even taking into consideration Romeo’s imprudent way of functioning, he still seemed to sustain relationships eminently well. Juliet immediately fell in love with him, and she seemed to ignore the suddenness of his intimacy for her. As a matter of fact, she returned his love as abruptly as he had offered it. Also, Romeo’s reputation around Verona was exceptional, and he was extremely loyal to the people he cared about, including Juliet. Even though he sometimes jumped into situations carelessly, it never seemed to get in the way of his relationships, and instead seemed to spark new ones. But, after killing Tybalt, which was another result of his irrationalities, the townspeople of Verona viewed him as a more spiteful human being, which in turn might have affected some other minor relationships Romeo was involved in.
When overlooking Romeo’s flaws, he can be seen as a loving, compassionate, and benevolent person who is honest and full of life. Even considering his insignificant flaws, his willful tolerance for his unfortunate complications seemingly overpowered his tendency to be emotional, irrational, and melodramatic. My opinion on Romeo would be a positive one because he was a sincere character that knew what he wanted and strived to receive what he desired, which was Juliet. When bringing that aspect of Romeo to attention, I believe the good outweighs the bad.
Overall, Romeo seemed to shape the world around him with an everlasting effect. He was at times nonsensical, which led him into situations that would have been better off avoided, but at the same time, that quality seemed to bring him one of the greatest delectations of his life, which was falling in love with Juliet. His love, avidity, and compassion molded him into the person he was more so than his nonsense. All in all, Romeo was an admirable, yet pitied character who was carefree, in love, and cut short of his life by his own negligent emotions.