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Is Romeo in love?

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Is Romeo in love? Romeo is a young boy who originally does not seem to understand the concept of love. We see the hero of the play linked to two different girls. While initially Romeo is depressed and distraught after his rejection from Rosaline, his instant change of character after meeting Juliet proves his 'first love' to be superficial and his second love to be 'real'. Romeo's love for Juliet is pure and passionate and ultimately conquers all although the highest price is paid in the "star-cross'd lovers" sacrificing themselves in honour of their devotion to each other. Romeo as we are first introduced to him, seems depressed and dejected. On his entrance, he immediately lowers the tone of the scene with his "sadness" of "being out of her favour". His oxymoronic terms prove that he is more in love with the idea of being in love than actually loving Rosaline. Romeo associates love with "heavy lightness"(Act 1, Scene 1, line 169) ...read more.


It may seem initially that Romeo's love for Juliet is artificial as it was with Rosaline, considering how quickly he forgot her. However, the change in his personality proves that this is something quite unlike anything he has previously experienced. Shakespeare uses religious imagery to depict the respect Romeo immediately feels for Juliet. "If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine... My lips, two blushing pilgrims.." (Act 1, scene 5, lines 93-5) This gives their love a 'divine' aura - one of innocence and purity where love no longer seems a curse or a nuisance and is true, one that conquers all. The fact that Juliet is a Capulet, daughter of his family's most sworn enemy, is further proof of Romeo's sincerity in his love for her. Despite the dangers of going to visit her, he risks all to catch just one more glance, to "touch that cheek" (Act 2, scene 2, line 23) ...read more.


I believe Romeo's love for Juliet to be true and the 'love' he claimed to feel for Rosaline, superficial. Romeo was in love with the idea of being in love during his infatuation with Rosaline whereas his undying love for Juliet cost him his life. There is no bigger price that can be paid than life itself. Romeo's love for Juliet is sincere and all-conquering because it overcame all hatred. This is proved in the final scenes when it is revealed that the Montague's and Capulet's have resolved their problems, united in the mourning of their innocent children and erected statues in their memory. It may be said therefore, that there is no truer love than Romeo's because it defeated all loathing and showed what lovers are prepared to do in order to be together. This gives reason for why "Romeo and Juliet" is seen as one of the greatest love stories and demonstrates the power of love. Jaspreet Sidhu Centre Number: 15223 Candidate Number: 7147 1 ...read more.

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