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In Act 1, what type of love does Shakespeare create between Romeo and Rosaline, compared to Romeo and Juliet?

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In Act 1, what type of love does Shakespeare create between Romeo and Rosaline, compared to Romeo and Juliet? In Act 1, Scene 1 (Line 157) we meet one of the main characters, Romeo. He seems sad and Benvolio asks him why. Romeo describes to him what situation he is in and that he is in love but he is not enjoying it and is very confused. Benvolio (without success) tries to discover the name of the lady that Romeo is madly in love with (Rosaline). ...read more.

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He talks about how he can't get her out of his head and he can't sleep. This is what Benvolio was trying to explain to him that this love is not from the heart but from the head (he just thinks he loves her) In Act 1, Scene 5 (Line 92) Romeo speaks to Juliet for the first time in the play. They kiss but then the Nurse who has a message for Juliet interrupts them. Her mother wishes to speak with her. After Juliet has left their company Romeo asks who Juliet is and he learns that she is a Capulet. ...read more.

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Romeo speaks of Juliet's hand as the shrine to which pilgrims (his lips) travel to worship (kiss). This quote proves that Romeo is in love with Juliet, from the heart, because he describes his love of her as holy and angel-like whereas he speaks of his love to Rosaline as it were tormenting and confusing. If you take all this into account you can see that Shakespeare has created two different types of love between Romeo, Rosaline and Juliet. Romeo loves Juliet truly with his heart and describes his love to her bigger than God himself whereas with Rosaline his head created the illusion that he loved her when he did not really. By Joel Stackhouse 10MB ...read more.

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