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When we are first introduced to Romeo in the play we already know a little about him and of his family background He is being discussed by his parents and his cousin Benvolio all of whom are concerned by his reclusive depressed manner We learn that he has been acting in a manner obviously out of character to him going on solitary walks early in the morning with tears augmenting the fresh mornings dew and shutting himself away from his family At this point neither the reader nor characters know the cause of his melancholy In the middle of the conversation however Romeo appears and Benvolio resolves to discover what is tormenting him As they talk it becomes clear that Romeos problem concerns his love life and our first impression of him is of a melodramatic world-weary teenager He speaks in riddles at first not directly seeming to converse with Benvolio but more to be indulging his own need for attention in his long dramatic speeches O me What fray was here Yet tell me not for I have heard it all which then continues into a long soliloquy on the contradictory features of love At this point Romeo appears to be spending a little too much time delivering riveting oratory to actually be as depressed as he would have himself and others believe - instead of stating simply real feelings he is fancifully dramatising his misery a romantic notion of how he should feel rather than his true feelings It is difficult to like Romeo as a character at this stage as he seems pathetic and self-absorbed caught up in his own whimsical ideas rather than the situation around him Finally Romeo tells Benvolio the reason for his fuss - the lady he supposes he loves Rosaline has sworn to die a virgin and will have nothing to do with him Benvolio suggests he look elsewhere for love but Romeo
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