Love At First Sight Essay

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Love at First Sight
As people say, “love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world”. Love itself is unreasonable and it surfaces when time is most unexpected. In this world, there are numerous different types of love; one-sided love, mutual love, loving a family or friends, love at first sight, and etc. While most people experience every kind of love existent to men, only the few lucky ones get to experience love at first sight. Due to that reason most people doesn’t believe in such a thing; they don’t see it as true love, but as the creation of lust, infatuation, and devastation one holds in their heart. On the other hand, some people reasons that love at first sight is possible and that it is the purest of all the love there is. In the novel Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet fell in love at first sight through their actions, their background, and though their usage of language.
Shakespeare convinces us of this instant and mutual attraction through the exchange of a look, a kiss, and by the touching of each other’s hands. During the Capulet’s party, where Romeo and Juliet first encountered, as soon as Romeo set eyes on Juliet, he immediately fell in love with her; to him, it doesn’t matter who she is. “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright” Romeo muttered (1.5.44)! Meaning both that her beauty is brighter than the blaze of any torch and that just by her presence, the whole room is lit up. Furthermore, Romeo says, “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, for I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (1.5.52-53). This makes it evident that what he had with Rosaline was not love. Romeo's love for Rosaline was quick, reckless, and, one-sided. She does not return the love he has for her, and is therefore Romeo is left to mourn over her. Moreover, Romeo was not in love her, but was in love with the idea of being in love. This love is in sharp contrast to the love that Romeo feels for Juliet. He even puts aside all of his melancholy ideas about always being a loser in the game of love. To him it does not matter who makes the first move or who fell in love first; he just wants to be with Juliet and only her. The feeling that Romeo is experiencing is not one-sided, but mutual. Juliet falls in love with Romeo after engaging in a witty, intellectual exchange with him, which is after he kisses her. This takes place when he calls her a "holy shrine," and saying that if he pollutes her as a shrine, he'll suave his tainting touch with a kiss. Juliet cleverly responds by saying that, as a pilgrim, he is speaking wrongly of his hands and that saints touch hands, "palm to palm [in] holy palmers' kiss" (1.5.56-57). Their wordplay concerning holy shrines, pilgrims, and saints eventually leads to him kissing her. Also when Romeo whispered, “Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purged” (1.5.58-59), Juliet didn’t refuse him nor did she told him that it’s enough. Instead she said, “Then have my lips the sin that they have took”...

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