“Ay me! Sad hours seem long” (Pg 22). This is a quote of Romeo’s distress of being away from Rosaline. He is so passionate about his love for Rosaline that the thought of being away from her makes him unhappy. Throughout this scene Romeo talks of her beauty “she is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair, to merit bliss by making me despair” (Pg25).
In addition, he refers to Romeo and Juliet as "star-crossed lovers". To put it in another way, the two lovers are dissatisfied by fate from the very beginning. They may not have fallen in love like normal young people, but they still truly love one another. Romeo first notices Juliet during her parents' banquet, which causes them to fall in love at first sight. His reaction in Act I, scene IV illustrates that Juliet's appearance significantly affects him: “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
They flirt with each other and Juliet's immediate attraction to Romeo is clearly shown. It is a light hearted conversation, with both Romeo and Juliet obviously ve... ... middle of paper ... ... the only way they can be together is if he kills himself. He does not die out of anger, or rage at the unfairness of the situation, but because he loves Juliet and is not willing to live his life without her. In conclusion, Romeo is a very emotional and rash character, but he does show maturity in his love for Juliet. His conduct is annoying early in the play, when he is infatuated with Rosaline and again later, when he is banished.
Romeo in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Romeo Montague is a character who evolves considerably through the Shakespearian play “Romeo & Juliet”, from his unrequited love with Rosaline to his banishment, including his strong love for Juliet and his reaction about Mercutio’s death. When we first meet Romeo in the scene one of Act I, he expresses his sadness because he is in love, but Rosaline, the girl he likes, doesn’t return his love: “out of her favour where I am in love”. The oxymorons he uses, “Why then, o brawling love, o loving hate, […] cold fire, sick health”, show us that he is very confused by emotions, both love and hate; love because of Rosaline, and hate because of the fued between his family, the Montagues, and the Capulets. When he talks about Rosaline, we can see he is very romantic: “love is a smoke made with the fume of sights […] and a preserving sweet” and he is also unwilling to look at other girls “’tis the way […] thou canst not teach me to forget”, even though Benvolio is telling him that there are a lot of other beautiful girls “by giving liberty unto thine eyes. Examine other beauties”.
This can be seen when he talks with Friar Lawrence. “Thou chid’st me oft for loving Rosaline” (Act 2 Scene 4) Even though this is the case Romeo felt shocked and heart broken when he found out that Rosaline did not love him and that she was never planning to get married. Romeo used oxymoron’s in his speech to show his hatred. Oxymoron’s were commonly used in love poetry, as love is combined of two opposite emotions. But here it shows the hatred between the two families.
His only concern is his love for Rosaline, a love, which is overwhelming, but artificial. Romeo is really in love with the idea of love. When he does not receive love in return, he grows melancholy and brooding. Even his friend Benvolio cannot distract him. At the Capulet dance, Romeo meets the beautiful Juliet.
Even before Juliet is introduced, Romeo considers himself to be in love with Rosaline. Although he says that it is true love, stating “..Doth add more grief to too much of mine own. Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes..” (Shakespeare, I.1.23), it is clear that his obsession with Rosaline is purely surface-level-- later on in this same scene, it is revealed that Rosaline is taking a vow of chastity, and after that, it could be inferred that Romeo does not know Rosaline well at all. He is simply interested in the concept of her, rather than being in true love with her. After he pursues Rosaline, and quickly gets over her at the masquerade party, Romeo moves on to Juliet, the two immediately “fall in love”, even though they are meeting for the first time.
When Romeo enters in Act 1: Scene 1 he discusses his sadness with Benvolio, 'Out of her favour where I am in love' Romeo believes strongly he is in love with Rosaline but she rejects him and does not return that feeling, here in the play he explains this to Benvolio. Romeo use's oxymorons whilst talking to Benvolio to attempt to explain the pain and distress in a dramatic way to shock him. Because of the rejection from Rosaline he is so confused and is trying to put it the best way for Benvolio to understand.
Romeo feels being so in love with a woman he cannot posses. Specifically when the reader believes that in Shakespeare’s time this poetic style of verse was used to present moments of steep dramatic or emotional force. Shakespeare applies detailed metaphors, such as “love is a smoke raised with the fumes of sighs, a fire sparkling in lover’s eyes” to highlight how distressing his love for Rosaline is. Shakespeare uses the comparisons like ‘sweet’ and ‘gall’ to symbolise the opposition and disarrangement Romeo is feeling. Benvolio suggests that Romeo looks at the women, “examine other beauties”, however Romeo is unwilling to because he does not believe there is another woman as “fair” as Rosaline.
It is love which causes Romeo to change his beliefs and his actions. In Romeo and Juliet, love is at first portrayed as a violent ecstatic overpowering force which supersedes all other values, loyalties and emotions. Romeo's language when pining for Rosaline is certainly fu... ... middle of paper ... ...erfect and flawless. Romeo asks for Tybalt's forgiveness, so that his sins will not go with him to the next life, he shows maturity, he asks lost of questions with no answers, because he can not believe she is not alive. He is jealous of death, who has a bigger hold over Juliet than him.