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This essay will show to what extent Shakespeare convincingly portrays the phenomenon of love at first sight in Romeo and Juliet.

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This essay will show to what extent Shakespeare convincingly portrays the phenomenon of love at first sight in Romeo and Juliet. One of the first things that make reader believe in love at first sight is the way Shakespeare created two characters who should of hated each other in the form of Romeo and Juliet but who instantly fell in love the moment they first saw each other. This shows the reader that even though they were from feuding families and were each others enemies love at first sight was in itself was a real enough force to make two people fall in love The first message in the play is where straight away Shakespeare makes his first reference to love "... A pair of star crossed lovers take their life... Doth with their death bury their parents' strife" Even though this does not refer to love at first sight directly it does help the reader believe in love at first sight as it is showing what a powerful emotion love is. This is because at the begining of the play the reader discovers the Montague's and the Capulet's (Romeo and Juliet's families) ...read more.

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This may lead readers to question whether or not it was just 'puppy love' or maybe it was just a physical/sexual attraction due to teenage hormones. Some readers may ask whether the only reason Romeo and Juliet married was so they could have sex, as in Shakespeare's time it was not acceptable to have sex outside of marriage. When Romeo first sees Juliet he talks about her and this is a very convincingly written passage by Shakespeare to convince the reader that Romeo is in love with Juliet. The first line begins with "O" and ends with an exclamation mark; this shows the reader that Romeo is astounded and that his breath was taken away. The "O" also has a deeper meaning, as it is traditionally a word associated with religion and worship, as people will use it when praying for example 'O God'. This is a theme that Shakespeare continues throughout the whole play. By using religious language Shakespeare is showing that Romeo considers Juliet to be holy and worthy of his worship. This idea is further supported when Romeo later says Juliet is like a saint. ...read more.

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This would support the earlier idea that Romeo and Juliet's marriage was just to enable them to have sex. Shakespeare has linked religion and sex very closely in this play and the first meeting is no exception to this. This is again proof to the reader that Romeo and Juliet are in love. It supports the existence of love at first sight because Romeo and Juliet have only just met but they are already sure of their feelings for each other. After the sonnet there is a stage direction which says "he kisses her" this is important because it is a climax to the play so far and the first time which Shakespeare says they have touched, it is also important because Shakespeare used very few stage directions as he was there directing his plays at their performances and most of the ones he did include were simply directions to the actors about when to come on and off the stage so the fact that Shakespeare included this means that it is an important and essential part of the play. The kiss helps the reader to believe in the fact that Romeo and Juliet have fallen in love at first sight. ...read more.

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