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"Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes". To what extent is this true of Romeo's feelings towards Juliet: does he really love her.

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"Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes". To what extent is this true of Romeo's feelings towards Juliet: does he really love her. Romeo and Juliet is a play that was written at the end of the 1500s by William Shakespeare. It is a tragedy revolving around the relationship between the two main characters, Romeo and Juliet. There is also the underlying subplot of the feuding Capulet and Montague families and how this affects the relationship of the two young lovers. The play starts with the chorus giving some background information and an advertisement of what is to come, which is in the form of a sonnet. This helps give the reader a picture of what the two families relationship is and how this stems from an "ancient grudge" which will come to affect the star-cross'd lovers. It also makes clear to the audience that the play is a tragedy when they talk about their "death-mark'd love", showing that in the it will end in their death. The opening scene of the play starts with Romeo being sad and depressed, with Benvolio trying to find out what the matter is, as Romeo is being "so secret and so close" with his feelings. ...read more.

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Despite this Juliet is still thinks Romeo could just be lustful and even questions, "Dost thou love me?" Although Romeo assures her that he is in love with her, later on in the scene comes the line "O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?" making Romeo seem extremely lustful of Juliet. She seems to understand that she may be taken advantage of, so to protect herself and her good name, she sets a challenger to test him, and asks him to arrange their marriage when she days "Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow". Romeo accepts the challenge he has been set, and goes to Friar Laurence's cell to ask him to perform the wedding ceremony for them. At first the Friar does not understand why Romeo is so excited and asks him "wast thou with Rosaline?" showing that although he knew about Romeo's love for Rosaline, he did not yet know of his new love for Juliet. So because of this, he is shocked when Romeo asks him to marry them when he says "I pray, that thou consent to marry us today". Friar Laurence wanders how it is possible for someone to be so in love with someone one day, but the next day wanting to marry someone completely different. ...read more.

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He declares he will "defy you, stars" showing that he will not let fate decide what happens to him, instead he will act in defiance and heads straight for an apothecary to buy the strongest poison. He then says once he has bought the poison "Come, cordial and not poison, go with me to Juliet's grave, for there I must use thee". The fact that he is going to see Juliet one last time, then kill himself, shows how much he is in love with her and how he cannot bare to live without her. He then goes to the tomb, where he goes through with his plan, his life ending with the final word "Thus with a kiss I die", showing how much she meant to him. Even though the relationship between Romeo and Juliet seemed to start as a lustful encounter, it grew into something much more. Despite the fact that they were only young and had only known each other for a short time, their true love and feelings become clear at the end of the play. The fact the Romeo was willing to kill himself for Juliet shows how deep those feelings were, and the way in which Juliet was willing to do the same shows how those feelings were reciprocated and how they were truly in love. ...read more.

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