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Compare the three example of love: Romeo's for Juliet, Paris' for Juliet and Romeo's for Rosaline.

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Compare the three example of love: Romeo's for Juliet, Paris' for Juliet and Romeo's for Rosaline The three different examples of love between Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Rosaline and Paris and Juliet do share some similar aspects, but they also have their own differences. These three different types of love show us the variations of love and how it can mask itself into different forms. Romeo's 'love' for Rosaline. He was portrayed as a Petrarchan lover and his 'love' was simply an infatuation. He did not take time to know Rosaline or understand her, but thought that he truly loved her. In actual fact, he was only attracted to her because of her beauty; "The all-seeing sun/Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun." Romeo knows that Rosaline does not love him, that the relationship is not mutual. Romeo became depressed when he realised that Rosaline did not love him. He was moody and withdrawn. His use of oxymorons such as "bright smoke, cold fire, sick health" shows his uncertainty and confusion of this 'love' he has for Rosaline. Romeo's love for Rosaline is clearly infatuation, which really is not true love. ...read more.


Even Juliet said it was 'Too rash, too sudden, too unadvised, too like the lightning". Likewise, Paris's love for Juliet was hurried. He didn't get to know Juliet well, despite Lord Capulet's advice to "woo her...get her heart". However, with all the complications happening like the death of Tybalt, he made the excuse that "These times of woe afford no times to woo". He simply asked for her hand in marriage: "commend me to your daughter". He didn't even know if Juliet shared his love and felt the same way, and just assumed that she will love him eventually, speaking to her as if they were already married, "my lady and my wife". With Paris, he portrayed himself that he was sure that Juliet loved him. When they met at the church, he says to her: "Do not deny to him that you love me". However, this relationship is not mutual, much like the one between Romeo and Rosaline. It is unrequited and false, artificial and insincere. This is very different with the love Romeo has for Juliet, for it is genuine and requited. ...read more.


What's more is that Lord Capulet gave permission for the marriage. Unlike Romeo's case with Juliet, their 'reunion' was in secret and probably would be rejected and cast off if both families were to find out. It might be called an outrageous 'partnership'. So in a way, despite not showing Juliet whether or not he truly loved her, he had gone to seek permission from the Head, Lord Capulet and if they did eventually get marriage, it would be one that was approved and acknowledged. Not like the one between Romeo and Juliet, where the choice to get wedded was based purely on their own decision and not one that was consulted with their own parents. Compared with Romeo's love for Rosaline, his best friends knew about it, Benvolio having found out when he spoke to Romeo, and probably telling Mercutio. It wasn't a total secret but was kept hidden from his parents. It is obvious that the love Romeo has for Juliet is true and deep, it is also reciprocated, unlike the one between Romeo and Rosaline, and Paris and Juliet. Also, the three relationships showed signs of hastiness and rashness, which resulted in a short-lived and rather brief relationship. However, the love did affect the characters in some way or other and had changed Romeo into a better person. ...read more.

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