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Compare the way Shakespeare presents the love between Romeo and Rosaline with that of Romeo and Juliet

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Compare the way Shakespeare presents the 'love' between Romeo and Rosaline with that of Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare is very famous for writing the play Romeo and Juliet. This play is well known all around the world for its tragic love story and tearful and heartbreaking ending. This play explores the different genres of intangible feeling for example; puppy love, real love, resentment, hate, lust and anger. In this essay I intend to compare the way Shakespeare conveys the love between Romeo and Rosaline with that of Romeo and Juliet. I am going to contrast the different techniques and use of language and imagery which is used in this play. The first time the audience are introduced to Romeo in the play, Romeo speaks about a girl named Rosaline, he talks to Benvolio about the 'love' he feels for her and the circumstances between the two. The fact that the audience are never acquainted to the girl Rosaline, suggests that her position in Romeos life is not of any significance. In the following line Romeo feels that the day is dragging on. "Is the day so young? Ay me! Sad hours seem long. Was that my father who went hence so fast?" The effect which Rosaline has on Romeo suggests that his love for her is false; instead his feelings for her are just lust. ...read more.


Romeo also thinks that Juliet's beauty is pure and sacred and should not be spoiled. Romeo believes that nothing can be perfect because the world itself will contaminate it. Juliet may be symbolic of all the things the world is not, for example; Juliet is pure, innocent and angelic almost like a new born baby which has no sins and troubles, whereas in comparison the world is full of evil and plight. In the following line Romeo states Juliet's inadequacy in comparison to other girls. "So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows," Romeo believes that Juliet is far too beautiful in line with every other girl and that she makes them look like crows. The next line indicates that Romeo feels that a slight touch of Juliet's hand can purify all the sins a person has committed. "And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand." In the next line Romeo realises that he never genuinely loved Rosaline until he came to face with Juliet. "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!" In the following line Romeo contradicts himself about the beauty of the two girls Juliet and Rosaline. "For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." In this line Romeo clearly states that he had not witnessed true beauty till this day, which in turn indicates that Rosaline did not mean a great deal to him whereas Romeo has not even spoken to Juliet but has already fallen deeply in love with her. ...read more.


In the following line Juliet ask Romeo not to swear by the moon, this is because the moon only appears at night therefore the moon is not always constant. "O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon." The fact that the moon is inconstant suggests that by Romeo swearing by the moon their relationship will not stay constant and will not last very long. In the next line Juliet tells Romeo to not swear his love for her by anything, this is because promises are made by cheap words and do not mean a thing, Juliet feels that insincerity is nothing and if Romeo wants a opportunity to show his love to her he will have to prove it. "Do not swear at all:" In conclusion it has become clear to me that the love between Romeo and Juliet is real love, I know this because throughout the text I have compared and contrasted the difference in language and behaviour Romeo conveys to both girls. However I have realised that the love Romeo felt for Rosaline was not love at all but was lust, Romeo misconstrued this to be love because at the time he had not felt the real love as he did when he came to face with Juliet. The love between Romeo and Rosaline was clearly an infatuation because as soon as Romeo met Juliet he completely forgot about Rosaline and became obsessed with Juliet's beauty. ...read more.

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