Romeo And Juliet, Were They Really In Love? This Essay Details The Romance Between The Two.

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love1 : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties2 : affection and tenderness felt by loversinfatuate1 : to cause to be foolish : deprive of sound judgment2 : to inspire with a foolish or extravagant love or admirationDinner and a movie, the discussion on the car-ride home, and the seemingly endless kiss goodnight - this is the typical "date" for teenagers these days. The couple probably thinks they are serendipitously in love, when in reality, it is a case of infatuation. Infatuation is prevalent among teens and especially those who lack a firm grasp on who they are and the necessity of having someone to "love". When people become infatuated with another individual the relationship then becomes primarily physical. Qualities or traits of an infatuant's partner may be idealized and romanticized just to fill this empty void in their life. People who think they have just found the love of their life are only playing a psychological "game" with themselves. This "game" can cause changes in mood, personality, and attitude. It is usually not until a tragic event or break-up, that this person will realize all the lies and deceptions they were living through. Romeo and Juliet are a perfect example of this. They were both teenagers struggling for meaning in their lives who found refuge in one another. The couple had just met when they shared their first kiss and a mere five days later committed suicide. Their romantic episodes were very typical of infatuated teens. They rushed into a relationship which turned out to be primarily physical.In Scene I Romeo "loves" Rosaline, he cannot get enough of Rosaline - even though she obviously does not return his affection. Shakespeare makes a point of describing how everyone in the whole town knows Romeo is in love with Rosaline; Benvolio knows it, Mercutio makes jokes about it, Friar Lawrence alludes to it, and even the nurse makes a reference to it. Shakespeare keeps bringing up Rosaline, yet the audience or readers never hear her speak a line or see her on stage. He does this for a reason, to allude to the fact that Rosaline is not as important to Romeo as she seems. As soon as Romeo sees Juliet, he says, "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! / It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night / Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear; / Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! / So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows / As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows. / The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand / And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand. / Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." (Act I Scene V, 49-58). This is a perfect example of Romeo's impulsive thoughts. In line 58, Romeo said, "For I ne'er saw true beauty till...

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