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AQA Romeo & Juliet - Romeo, his importance and quotes
Kathleen Cohen
Mind Map by Kathleen Cohen, updated more than 1 year ago
Kathleen Cohen
Created by Kathleen Cohen about 4 years ago

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  1. What does Romeo do in the play?
    1. infatuated with Rosaline who doesn't return his love
      1. falls inlove with Juliet at Capulet's party
        1. proclaims his love for Juliet in the balcony scene
          1. marries Juliet
            1. kills Tybalt in a duel and is exiled to Mantua
              1. returns to Verona because he thinks Juliet is dead
                1. kills Paris and dies in Juliet's tomb
                2. his importance to the play
                  1. He is central to the plot through his relationship with Juliet
                    1. many of his decisions govern the action in the play
                      1. going to Capulet's party against his better judgement where he meets Juliet
                        1. avenge Mercutio's death leads to his banishment
                          1. desperate plan him and Juliet follow to reunite which ends in their death
                          1. 'Here's much to do with hate, but more with love' (Romeo, Act 1 Scene 1)
                            1. Romeo’s feelings and emotions about Rosaline not loving him back. Links in with Juliet as he hates that he loves her because they share a forbidden love. Juxtaposition
                            2. ‘Oh, I am fortune’s fool’ (Romeo)
                              1. Though avenging Mercutio's death, he realises too late that Tybalt's death will make it impossible for him to be open about his marriage to Juliet. Links in with the theme of fate
                              2. ‘It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night. As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear --’ (Romeo)
                                1. Similie comparing Juliet to a jewel. Juliet is beautiful and stands out from the crowd. She is impressive, rare and valuable in an emotional sense. Black African slaves would wear jewelery of their masters to impress others
                                2. ‘Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.’ (Romeo)
                                  1. Wasn't really inlove with Rosaline, "Young men's love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes"
                                  2. ‘I defy you, stars!’ (Romeo)
                                    1. Romeo no longer believes in fate. Constant reference to stars, "star-crossed lovers" in prologue. Angry and upset about Juliet's supposed death.
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