Romeo has fallen deep in love with Rosaline, but he is, “out of her favor where [he] is in love”(Shakespeare.I.i.173). Unrequited love is love that is not returned or reciprocated. Romeo is madly in love with Rosaline who does not love him back. This unrequited love has given dread to Romeo, he feels like he cannot love anyone else again. As a hopeless romantic, Romeo loves the idea of love, but the love he is experiencing is pain through his heart.
Juliet has the same immature viewpoints on love, which is why both her and Romeo fall in love so quickly. “Conceit, more rich in matter than in words. Brags of his substance, not of his ornament.” (2.6.30-31). Romeo tried to woo Juliet with his eloquent words, but even Juliet knows that words don’t matter unless there is meaning behind it. This shows Juliet has a somewhat better understanding of love than Romeo.
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.
O, in this love, you love your child so ill. Lady Capulet believes love comes from appearance, both physical and political, and has nothing to do with emotion. She shows this when she speaks favourably of Paris's looks and his nobility. Shakespeare portrays the Capulet’s as being dull and unloving throughout the play. Lady Capulet even shows that she does not love Capulet when she publicly denounces him. In doing this it is obvious that Shakespeare wants to portray the message that the only true love is the love that exists between Romeo and Juliet.
True love exists only in the character’s words and feelings such as selfishness and obsession are mistaken for true love. By analyzing each character’s relationships one can argue that the characters are persuaded to falsely fall in love and that love is simply an illusion. The questioning and persistence of true love begins with the opening scene. It is a dialog between a minor, ... ... middle of paper ... ...m man. Throughout A Midsummer’s Night Dream Shakespeare argues that the notion that is perceived as love is often not love at all and it’s rather selfishness or an obsession.
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.
(Shakespeare 1.4.1016).’" However Juliet hesitates towards Romeo’s gestures because she doesn’t know who Romeo is. Then, Romeo continues with his romantic statements and the two kiss. Although Romeo is romantic, he is also very impulsive. After meeting Juliet Romeo was in love after just breaking up with Rosaline. When Romeo talks to Friar Laurence he explains “‘Then plainly know my heart’s dear love is set On the fair daughter of rich Capulet’ As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine, And all combined, save what thou must combine By holy marriage.
Nurse returns saying, “His name is Romeo, and a Montague, / The only son of your great enemy” (I v 36-37). They instantly become desperate to see each other all the time, ignoring the fact that their families are feuding. Juliet likes the proverbial forbidden fruit, saying, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet; So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called / Retain that dear perfection which he owes / Without that... ... middle of paper ... ...ay for years, believing it was a play about love, but the way Shakespeare wrote the play it is far from a love story. As Romeo moved from Rosaline to Juliet, for the simple fact that he believed Juliet is more beautiful than Rosaline, gives the perfect example that the play is based on desperation.
Romeo and Juliet choose their own actions through their judgments, which were caused by their belief of everlasting love. Due to their unsound and absurd attitudes, both characters are dazed by love in a puerile manner. The relationship they created was actually built on lust and desperation. Firstly, Romeo is the first character whom shows immature love in the story as a whole. Once Capulet’s party is over, Romeo’s attitude leads him to jump over the wall to Juliet’s house and exclaim to her,” And what love can do, that dares love attempt./Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me”(2.2.68-9).
Different Representations of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet There are lots of different representations of love in Romeo and Juliet. I think that Shakespeare chose to have so many representations of love against a background of hate to show the many types of love and to show that in the end love conquers hate. He uses so many different types of love to explore the nature of love. He contrasts and compares the different types of love with each other and with hate to help us identify the different types of love and to see how they relate. 'Romeo and Juliet' is famous for Shakespeare's representation of the romantic love felt between Romeo and Juliet.