In the specific scenes Romeo’s character changes in quite a significant way. In act 1 scene 1 when Romeo is speaking of Rosaline to Benvolio, it shows to me that he is not really in love with her, but actually just infatuated by her beauty; and this causes him to feel that he loves her. The reason I think this is because when he says ‘alas, that love, whose view is muffled still’ to me it means he does not know what love actually means.In act 1 scene 1 at first Romeo seems depressed and confused ‘ alas, that love, whose view is muffled still.’ I would direct Romeo to be sitting on a wall with his head resting on one arm and his face to look depressed.
I would get Romeo to show his audience that he is serious at this point about his feelings and really emphasise the movement when he quickly changes the subject ‘where shall we dine? O me! What fray was?’ I would make him jump up suddenly and start pacing around; to really show his audience he is really confused about his feelings.’Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.’ I would make Romeo start to get angry, because in this quote he is saying there should be less hat and more love; ‘why then, o brawling love, o loving hate,’ Romeo would start pacing around because he is just so fed up with all the fighting between his family and the Capulets.
The reason I would make him act like this is because the girl he claims he is in love with is a member of the Capulet family and the more fighting that goes on, it decreases his chances with her.’Well, in that hit you miss. She’ll not be hit with cupids arrow, she hath Dian’s wit.’ In this speech Romeo acts as a courtly lover. The reason is that the heroic courtly lover fell in love with a woman of a higher class to them and they way Romeo describes her as ‘Dian’s wit’ shows she is unobtainable.
And also because ‘she lives uncharmed’ meaning secure, untouched by any man makes Romeo want her more as a women being a virgin was very vital to men as they know their pure and want to be the first to ‘charm’ them.The ways I would get Romeo to act out this part of the play would be to really express his feelings. In the Baz Lurhmanh interpretation of Romeo and Juliet it shows Romeo in a pool hall with his friends. This is really good as to the audience he is young and may not know the meaning of love. I would use these ideas for my own as instead of making him look all depressed and lovesick, I would make him show his feelings through his actions. What I mean is to show the way he feels by the way he speaks and his movement.Romeo’s actions are really different in act 2 scene 2 from the way he acts in act 1 scene 1. The reason is that his words describe Juliet as being a vital of his life, ‘Juliet is the sun’.
I would show Romeo walking up to Juliet’s balcony, while saying this speech. I would make him walk quite fast to show he really wants to get to Juliet. Also while he is walking I would make him push his way through bushes, to make this symbolise he will stop at nothing to reach her. The reason is, is because he is in this lovesick mood over Juliet and is not just infatuated with her ‘o that she knew she were.’When Romeo hears Juliet speak ‘she speaks’ I would make Romeo slow his walking pace down.
Just to show that he wants to listen to her more ‘o speak again, bright angel.’ When Romeo gets to her balcony I would make him quickly climb up her vines to symbolise again that he wants to get to her fast. When Romeo says ‘shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?’ I would make him have a smirk on his face and make him look at Juliet then look back.While Juliet is speaking I would just get Romeo to listen, while he is still up on the vines. Then when he says ‘I take thee at thy word…
‘ speech I would get Romeo to slowly be coming down the vines and not be making any other noise. He will get to the floor then go and stand behind Juliet, this would be when he says ‘neither, fair maid, if either you dislike.’ when he has said this Juliet would jump round and see him standing there.