There has been a flux of love stories in the history of British drama. Romeo and Juliet is the story of two young lovers trying to consummate their genuine love despite the enormous difficulties that face them. The personality of Romeo and Juliet to cope with their passion and the squabbles of the adult world that intervene with their love takes on a big issue. In the play, Romeo and Juliet demonstrate different personality.
Of the many contrasting characteristic traits between Romeo and Juliet, their outlook on life figures significantly in the play. Juliet stays optimistic about the whole conflict involving Romeo's banishment whereas Romeo himself clings to the pessimistic attitude. Juliet is able to control herself and to see good things from bad situations: "But wherefore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin? That villain cousin would have killed my husband. Back, foolish tears, bask to your native spring, your tributary drops belong to woe, which you mistaking offer up to joy. My husband lives that Tybalt would have slain, and Tybalt's dead that would have slain my husband" (III.ii.100-106). In contrast to Juliet, Romeo is unable to think about anything except the banishment. Romeo states, ""Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here where Juliet lives, and every cat and dog and little mouse, every unworthy thing, live here in heaven, and may look on her, but Romeo may not" (III.iii.29-33). "Yet "banished"? Hang up philosophy! Unless philosophy can make a Juliet, displant a town, reverse a prince's doom, it helps not, it prevails not; talk no more" (III.iii.57.60). In addition, Juliet also thinks about Romeo and tries to console him when Romeo considers their love to have come to end. Juliet remarks, "Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband? Ah, poor my lord, what tongue shall smooth thy name, when I, thy three-hours wife, have mangled it?" (III.ii.97-99) "O find him! Give this ring to my true knight, and bid him come to take his last farewell" (III.