What does Romeo symbolize in Romeo and Juliet?

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Symbolize is a loaded word... It means "representd." "$" represents money, or "MPH" represents "Miles Per Hour," but those are specific and direct things. If I showed you the color red and asked you, "What does this remind you of?" Guaranteed, you would give me a laundry list of answers. That is why your question is loaded. How to find Symbols and their Meanings? Step 1. What does the writer or author keep coming back to? Major Topics or Issues? Race, Identity, Love, Family, Freedom, Success, etc. Step 2. What was the CONFLICT (problem) in the situation/plot/story? Step 3. What did the character do to cause that problem, but hopefully resolve it? Step 4. Is there a relationship between the character, the conflict and the Major Topics? FIND PATTERNS!!! NOW FOR THE LAZY ANSWER.... Romeo can represent one of 4 things... 1. Indecision- Remember who made all of the decisions throughout the conflict... 2. Lust- How many girls did Romeo have a crush on? Juliet and ROSALINE! Did he really love and care for Rosaline? (Listen to what his friends Mercutio and Benvolio have to say about her!) 3. Cowardice- Remember how Romeo fights? He never starts them, but everyone seems to die around him, even his mother. How does he react when these people die? Tears, profuse apologies, and tread marks from his shoes... 4. Foolish Love- Would you really marry someone you just met? He and Juliet met, married, mated, and then became martyrs in less than a week! So, there you have it.
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