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Romeo And Juliet Unbelievable Love For The 21st Century Audiences

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“Romeo and Juliet” a play about two star crossed lovers, written by William Shakespeare has come a long way in symbolizing and representing love. In the play they overcome many obstacles and prove their love by choosing death over not being with each other. However, to a 21st century audience their love fails to be believable. Their love doesn’t seem practical because they fall in love within moments of meeting each other. In addition, Romeo was obsessively love struck over Rosaline moments before meeting Juliet. Also, their love fails to be realistic because it seems superficial rather than pure.

Firstly, Romeo and Juliet’s love is rather rushed and sudden, they fall in love with each other within moments of meeting. At this point neither Juliet nor Romeo know each other, or that they are from feuding families. For example, at Capulets party Romeo sees Juliet for the first time and claims he loves her with just one glance. In the play he asks, “What lady’s that which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight?” (I.v.48) to a Serving man at the party. Soon after, he begins describing her beauty and his love for her, “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! ...And touching hers, make blessed my rude hand” (I.v.51-58) with this, Romeo shows his infatuation for Juliet being based on her looks and being sudden. Juliet also rushes into loving Romeo when she encourages Romeo to kiss her the second time, “Then have my lips the sin that they have took” (I.v.119). Their encounter happens without them even knowing who the other is. After this they both look to asking someone who the other is. When Juliet finds out from the Nurse who Romeo is she says, “My only love sprung from my only hate!”(I.v.152) with this statement Juliet says that she fell in love with Romeo without even knowing he is her enemy. This is not convincing because for two people to fall in love with each other they must know one another.

Secondly, Romeo’s impulsive character not only leads the young teenagers falling in love but him getting over Rosaline in a matter of moments. Before Romeo and Juliet met one another, Romeo was obsessively love struck over Rosaline. When...

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