Romeo and Juliet

Describe the character of Romeo

And infatuation with Rosalie.

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Sixteen-year-old Romeo Montague falls in love with Juliet Capulet at a masquerade, thus igniting their tragic affair. Romeo is defined by a self-indulgent melancholy at the beginning of the play, but later becomes a much more active and committed character, which is clear when he kills Tybalt. Romeo's final act of passion is when, believing his beloved Juliet is dead, he takes his own life. Throughout the play, Romeo embraces an idealistic view of love, which explains why he falls for Juliet so quickly and passionately.

Romeo is completely infatuated with Rosaline and depressed over her vow to remain chase. None-the-less, the fact that he is infatuated rather than in love is confirmed when he quickly forgets Rosaline to fall madly in love with Juliet.