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Do you agree that the love between Romeo and Juliet share is 'true love,' or do you think they are merely infatuated with one another?

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Kunal Shrivastava 17/04/2003 Do you agree that the love between Romeo and Juliet share is 'true love,' or do you think they are merely infatuated with one another? I think that the love between Romeo and Juliet is genuine, and that they are not merely infatuated with one another. I have come to this conclusion from the way that Romeo and Juliet interact with one another; such as their actions towards each other, and their language used while speaking. The prologue is what leads me to think that the love between Romeo and Juliet is genuine, because Shakespeare is informing us about them and their love for each other. There are also other parts in the play script which inform us of their love such as the initial meeting of Romeo and Juliet, and the final scenes of the play where the characters die for each other. The prologue is what leads me to think that the love between Romeo and Juliet is genuine. I believe this because the prologue is an introduction to the play, which tells the whole story of the tragedy, but in short, which means that everything written in the prologue must be true and not misrepresentation. The prologue is written as a fourteen-line sonnet, and in Elizabethan times, to write a sonnet was very popular because most of the sonnets were about love; this shows there is a connection between the prologue and love. ...read more.


Religious imagery runs throughout this scene from Romeo to Juliet. He elevates her to the highest point possible and keeps emphasising it. He uses religious imagery such as, "This holy shrine," and, "blushing pilgrims," and "dear saint." After Romeo kisses Juliet for the first time, Juliet seems to like it so she keeps on asking for more kisses. "Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again!" t This behaviour cements the idea of their immediate love for one another. Romeo and Juliet get married in Act 2 Scene 6. This is a huge step for them to take. People could argue that they were getting married at an early age, and that they were just na�ve and innocent, but it was perfectly normal to get married at that age in Elizabethan times. If Romeo and Juliet are getting married, this shows that they are in love. The first time Romeo and Juliet communicate tells us that their love is genuine. Romeo uses elaborate language asking Juliet to give an ornate description of their love for each other. Juliet replies that her love for him is worth more than her wealth. Romeo claims, " ... If thy joy be heaped like mine, and that thy skill be more..." ...read more.


To kill a member in the society in Elizabethan times was said to be a sin, but Romeo does it anyway. After Romeo kills Paris, he goes against religion and god again. He breaks into Juliet's tomb, to lie with her. This shows that Juliet is more important to Romeo than his religion. In the end of the scene, Romeo just gazes on Juliet and admires her beauty. He takes the poison and kills himself for Juliet. Therefore, the fact that the two characters finally killed themselves for each other shows to me that they are truly in love. In conclusion, I believe that the love between Romeo and Juliet is true love. My views of this are expressed in the above paragraphs. As said before, my main point is that the prologue is telling us that Romeo and Juliet are in love. The prologue is a summary of the play, and it cannot be lying, because Shakespeare has written it to interpret the play. Also, the fact that Romeo and Juliet die for each other shows to me that their love for each other is genuine. Both characters sacrifice aspects of their life to be with each other. Romeo sacrifices his life, his friends, the friar; and Juliet sacrifices her family, friends, and her wealth. To do so much for another person can only mean that they are truly in love. ...read more.

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