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What changes can you observe in Romeo's language and behavior once he has fallen for Juliet and left behind his infatuation for Rosaline?

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Introduction

What changes can you observe in Romeo's language and behavior once he has fallen for Juliet and left behind his infatuation for Rosaline? The name Romeo has become the synonym of a lover in popular culture, but as we may see from the play, Romeo's relation to love is not so simple. At the beginning of the play, Romeo pines for Rosaline, proclaiming her a goddess upon the earth who no women can ever be compare to, but after he meets Juliet his love matures from the shallow desire to be in love, to a profound and intense passion. At the beginning Romeo places Rosaline on a pedestal, raising her above all human beings. His feelings aren't of love for Rosaline, but love of the situation where he is in love, he feels sorry for himself, locks himself out of the world: Montague: Many a morning hath he there been seen, With tears augmenting the fresh morning's dew, Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs: But all so soon as the all-cheering sun Should in the farthest east begin to draw The shady curtains from Aurora's bed, Away from light steals home my heavy son, ...read more.

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Romeo: O, teach me how I should forget to think. Upon his arrival to the party at the capulet's house, Romeo notices Juliet and immediately Rosaline is forgotten, proving to us how foolish and immature his infatuation for her was: Romeo: So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows. Juliet has now become the subject of Romeo's poetry; she is now the angel in his eyes: Romeo: O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! Romeo then realizes how silly and unreal his infatuation for Rosaline was: Romeo: Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night. The only noticeable resemblance between Romeo's love for Juliet and his infatuation for Rosaline, is the fact that the love causes the person to rebel and disconnect himself from the world, Romeo runs away from his friends in order to see Juliet at the end of the party: Romeo: Can I go forward when my heart is here? ...read more.

Conclusion

O, that she knew she were!- She speaks, yet she says nothing: what of that? Her eye discourses, I will answer it.- I am too bold, 'tis not to me she speaks: Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven, Having some business, do entreat her eyes To twinkle in their spheres till they return. What if her eyes were there, they in her head? The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars, As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven Would through the airy region stream so bright That birds would sing and think it were not night.- See how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek! This demonstrates Romeo's ability as a poet and his true self when he is in love, at this point we cannot question him, because now he is truly in love with Juliet. In conclusion, Romeo as proven to be a complex character, that after learning what true love is admits that he has never been actually in love with Rosaline, he has matured and so his love, his self-pity and grievance are eventually wiped out by his pure love for Juliet. ...read more.

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