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Romeo's Romantic And Spiritual Love For Juliet

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In Romeo and Juliet we can see that Romeo has fallen into love with Juliet. This love is not the fashionable love that we saw with Rosaline, but true love. We know that this love for Juliet is also deeply spiritual because of the heavy emphasis on the fact that they were fated to be together.At the very first time of meeting, it is evident that the love Romeo has for Juliet is true love, not superficial like the love he had for Rosaline. It is clear that Romeo believes that he can distinguish between the fashionable love for Rosaline, and the true love he has for Juliet; "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight/ For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." Romeo is questioning himself because he cannot believe that he was in love with Rosaline. Also, this signifies romantic love because he is saying that Juliet is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. We can see that when Romeo and Juliet first speak, they speak in sonnets full of religious imagery, "profane, "holy shrine", pilgrims", which shows the sincerity and purity of Romeo and Juliet's love.Furthermore, we can see that Juliet stops Romeo from swearing his love by the moon; "O swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon". Juliet does this because she knows that the moon is not there forever, it goes away in the day and comes at night. Therefore, Juliet does not want Romeo's love to be half-hearted. However, soon after we see that when Romeo tries to swear by something else, Juliet interrupts him, "Well, do not swear". This shows that Juliet stops Romeo from using elaborate language when talking to her and expressing his emotions. Juliet wants Romeo to be genuine, and to invest himself in a more spiritual concept of love.Romeo uses celestial and heavenly imagery when he is talking to Juliet; "O...

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