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''Compare and contrast Romeo's love for Rosaline, to Romeo's love for Juliet.''

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''Compare and contrast Romeo's love for Rosaline, to Romeo's love for Juliet.'' Romeo is in love with Rosaline because he is actually in love with the idea of being in love. The fact that he can forget Rosaline so quickly when he finds Juliet, (somebody who returns his affections) proves that his love for her was just a childish obsession. An example of this is that, when he is talking with Benvolio in Act 1 scene 1, he is actually going on about the emotional state he is in, and what he feels as a result of his 'love' rather than Roseline herself. "Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health". ...read more.

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The all-seeing sun Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun." But when he meets Juliet he describes her as the sun itself. "It is the east, and Juliet is the sun, arise fair sun and kill the envious moon." This shows that he loves Juliet more than Rosaline as Romeo mentions it himself, contradicting himself in Act 1 scene 5 when he first catches a glimpse of Juliet, he says "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." And in Act 1 scene 1 he says "In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman." ...read more.

Conclusion

As he knew Rosaline was also a Capulet but due to Romeo's love for Juliet and Juliet having a direct link Sir Capulet, he worries. "Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt." Another last point is that, while talking about Rosaline in Act 1 up to scene 5, he always talks about love "Alas that love, whose view is muffled still" and "Is love a tender thing? It is too rough." As when he talks about Juliet, he does not talk about love at all but just complements her, with things like "So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows." This maybe because this time, he is in love and not in love with the fact of being in love. ...read more.

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