Friar tells Romeo that he only loves within his eyes and not his heart. That’s how Romeo left Rosaline for an opponent so quickly. Friar asks Romeo after all the tears for Rosaline, you just forget her like that “How much salt water thrown away in waste to season love, that of it doth not taste!” (Shakespeare 846). Romeo never really knew what true love is when he was with Rosaline. After shedding tears for Rosaline, Romeo wastes the salty storm by falling in love with Juliet and forgetting all about Rosaline.
Due to the death of his close friend, Romeo grew enraged and decided to “be a man” and get revenge on Tybalt. “O sweet Juliet, / Thy beauty hath made me effeminate / And in my temper soft’ned valor’s steel!” (3.1.115-117). In this quote, Romeo is expressing how Juliet’s beauty weakened him. He feels almost a hatred towards her for making him cowardly and not able to save Mercutio’s life. Since being strong is an expected characteristic of men, Romeo feels that the absence of his bravery is to blame for the tragedy.
This proves how hot headed Tybalt really is. Later, in Act 3 Scene 1, Tybalt demonstrates his unnecessary anger yet again. Tybalt says, “Thou, wretched boy, that didst consort him here shalt with him hence”. This shows that Tybalt will not hold back, since he brought up Romeo’s recently deceased friend, Mercutio. He goes even further, by saying that Romeo can die here where Mercutio was killed.
He then performs the marriage of Romeo and Juliet and even fabricates a foolish plan to keep them together when Juliet is forced to marry Paris. He also leaves Juliet alone in the tomb after she awakens to find her beloved Romeo dead. Friar Lawrence is a moral man, but his hubris leads to the death of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo considers the Friar someone he can confide in, and he tells the Friar of his newfound love for Juliet. The Friar’s excessive pride allows him to agree to wed Romeo and Juliet, hoping he can bring the Montagues and Capulets together, though these families hatred spans generations.
/ Ah, word ill urged to one that is so ill! / In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman.”(1.1.197-199) Romeo only marries Juliet to ease the pain of heartbreak from Rosaline. Juliet isn’t in love with Romeo either. Just before Juliet meets Romeo for the first time she says she is not ready to be married. Her mother says, “LADY CAPULET: Marry, that 'marry ' is the very theme / I came to talk of.
Mercutio’s response to his fate, however, is notable in the ways it differs from Romeo’s response. Romeo blames fate, or fortune, for what has happened to him. Him slaying Tybalt was his fate. This then leads to probably the most fatal and important part of Act III… The prince banishing Romeo. Because of this only do Romeo and Juliet die, because Romeo is in another city they can’t communicate properly and the two star-crossed lovers commit suicide.
The first reason that Romeo and Juliet are not in love due to the fact that they are too childish to fully understand what love is. During the famous balcony scene, Juliet says, “But to be frank, and give [my love to] thee again, And yet I wish but for the thing I have. My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.” (2.2.31-35). Juliet is pledging her love and wishing she could take it back just to give it to Romeo again. According to Mental Health Daily, “The human brain's frontal lobe does not fully develop until age 20-25”, and
When saying “with a kiss I die.” Shakespeare uses the kiss to represent that this is what is killing him, so in other words, Romeo’s love for Juliet is worth dying for. Similarly, Juliet feels the same need in which she also does not want to live without Romeo. Juliet finds Romeo laying beside her in the Capulet tomb dead, deciding “I’ll be brief. O, happy dagger, This is thy sheath. There rust, and let me die.
The Friar soon tells Romeo he’s banished. Romeo throws a fit saying he would rather die than be banished. Romeo says, “Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say ‘death’.” Romeo is saying that he rather die than having to leave Juliet. Romeo is willing to die for a girl a he met a day ago and claims it to be true love.
Romeo’s love for Juliet has grown strong, illustrated when he says, “But my true love is grown to such excess / I cannot sum up some of half my wealth” (3.1.33–34). Romeo's banishment and inability to see Juliet is Romeo's worst fear come true. “Calling death ‘banished,’ / Thou cutt’st my head off with a golden ax / And smilest upon the stroke that murders me” is a metaphor comparing banishment with death by a golden ax, used to display how dreadful Romeo’s punishment is to him, a theme heavily emphasized (Shakespeare III.iii. 22-24). Being apart from Juliet is a miserable life for Romeo, especially when he is the only one unable to see her.