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The Artificial Love Of Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, is a tragic love story between two young lovers who come from families that are enemies. The play starts off with a depressed Romeo Montague in love with a woman named Rosaline, who does not love him back. He often moans about his love for her and how there is no one more beautiful than her. Romeo's cousin Benvolio and their friend Mercutio try to distract Romeo, so they bring him to a party at the Capulet's. At the Capulet's party, Romeo sees the beautiful Juliet Capulet. Forgetting about Rosaline, Romeo declares that Juliet is the most beautiful person he has seen and Juliet falls in love with him. Although Romeo thought he was in love with ...view middle of the document...

Juliet also fell in love with Romeo instantly, but she feels that things were moving too fast. At the Capulet's party Juliet sees Romeo and finds him attractive, she does not know who he is though so she asks the nurse "Go ask his name. If he be married, / my grave is like my wedding bed" (1.5.148-149). This shows how quick Juliet was to fall in love and that did not even talk to him yet. This quote also foreshadows that Juliet is destined to die if she is not able to be with him. This is all significant because it reveals that even though Juliet does not know anything about Romeo, not even his name, she is still in love with his attractiveness. When Juliet and Romeo are talking during the balcony scene, Juliet realizes that things are moving very fast "It is too rash, too unadvisedly, too sudden" (2.2.125). Juliet wants to take things slower so it seems that she is not easy to fall in love with, even though she fell in love with him without even talking to him. This reveals that throughout the whole play their love is very sudden and they think they are madly in love after one day. This is another example of adolescent love because things are moving too fast.
Friar Lawrence does not approve of their love and thinks it is based off of looks. When Romeo tells Friar Lawrence that he no longer has feelings for Rosaline, Friar Lawrence says: "Is Rosaline, that thou didn't love so dear, / So soon foresaken? Young men's love then lies / Not truly in their hearts, but in their...

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