SteadfastMain Character ResolveRomeo remains steadfast in his love for Juliet and desire to remain at her side—to the point of following his wife in death.StartMain Character GrowthRomeo has to start acting like the man that Juliet is certain he can be.Be-erMain Character ApproachRomeo’s first preference in approaching a conflict is to adapt himself to the environment, for example, he lacks interest in the (contentious) ” . . . activities of his gang of friends, whom he accompanies only reluctantly to the Capulet feast: ‘I’ll be a candle holder and look on’” (1.4.38) (Paster 258); After making Juliet his wife, he tries to placate Tybalt rather than fight him; and so forth.MaleMain Character Mental SexRomeo uses cause and effect problem solving techniques.  As an example, in his first scene with Benvolio, he explains Rosaline’s cold heart is the cause of his morose behavior—he does not look beyond this to determine the real reason for his unhappiness—that he has not yet found true love.ActionStory DriverThe “three civil brawls” (1.1.91) the Capulets and Montagues have engaged in force Prince Escalus to determine: “If you ever disturb our streets again,/Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace” (1.1.98-99), thus driving the story forward.  Gibbons asserts: “In Romeo and Juliet the play’s decisive events occur with instantaneous suddenness: servants brawl on sight, the lovers fall in love at first sight, the shock of the tragic catastrophe converts the parents suddenly and completely from hate to love” (70).
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