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The reason Romeo and Juliet continues to be so popular among the modern audience, especially among the youth, is that the play is regarded as the archetype of the loyal and true love. That said, looking at Romeo, the first adjective that pops in one’s mind is in love; however, there is more to that. Romeo, despite the general misconception, is not in love, he is rather full of desire. At the beginning of the play, Romeo almost screams his love for Rosaline, then he falls for Juliet, but the switch from Rosaline to Juliet is so sharp that the trust factor for Romeo in terms of emotions and relationships drops (vitally.)

Even though he can not be blamed for being a little oblivious at such a young age, Romeo does not take the responsibility of his actions. He is so emotional and reactive; he does not stop for a second to think before he acts. Thus, he claims he is “the fortune’s fool”, but that is merely escapism - he should and could have been in control of his actions. He is also suicidal on top of everything; this is also a result of him being irrationally reactive.


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