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. Juliet says to Romeo, showing her desperation, “Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow / that I shall say good night till it be morrow” (II ii 188-189). When Romeo and Juliet say they cannot spend another night away from each other, it sets a perfect example of obsession in the play. Even Romeo knows he is anxious to force love when he says, “Th’ exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine” (II ii 127).
Romeo and Juliet could in fact be in love, but it cannot be denied that they are going about it in an immature way. Romeo believed he had found eternal love with Rosaline, but one look at Juliet and he forget about his lovesickness and then decided Juliet was his true love. This inconsistency was seen by other characters such as Mercutio and Friar Laurence, who say that Romeo’s feelings were merely infatuation and not love as he had said they were, showing that Juliet is a replacement Rosaline. (NOTE: FIX CONCLUSION!)
(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.
This is something that Juliet told her nurse after she met Romeo, she basically wanted to know who he was. But when you read translations of that quote, Juliet is basically saying that she’d prefer to die alone if she cannot marry Romeo; that is something dramatic to say over someone you barely met. In the balcony scene, the same night they met, Romeo tells Juliet of how beautiful she is to him. Romeo said, “O, speak again, bright angel, for thou art as glorious to this night, being o’er my head as is a winged messenger of heaven” (2:2;25c- 28) . Romeo is so in love with Juliet’s looks, not with Juliet herself; he even compares her to an angel.
Romeo, unknowing of the tragic letter sent to him, but not gotten, goes to tell his friends of his beautiful bride, but, in return, comes face-to-face with none other than Tybalt, his loathed enemy, the kin to his new bride, Juliet. As soon as Romeo shows up, though, he is greeted by Tybalt’s insults, calling him a villain, but instead of stepping up to Tybalt’s challenge, though, Romeo backs down, saying, “Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting. Villain I am none. Therefore farewell. I see thou knowest not me.” After harsh words are spoken, families are disgraced, and names are scorned, Romeo finally just backs away.
However, no more than two acts later into the play, Romeo is singing praises into the ears of Juliet, attempting to bed her the night they met. Ann Lander’s poem, “Love or Infatuation?” states, “Love is not based on sex. It is the maturation of friendship that makes sex so much sweeter. You must be friends before you can be lovers.” Romeo and Juliet knew nothing of each other before that fateful night, and in fact were enemies because of their family 's schism. Their relationship is solely driven off off sex, as Romeo stated, “Wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?” (Act 2, Scene 2) To be able to have intercourse, Romeo and Juliet rushed to be wed under the secrecy of Friar Lawrence.
To her, it is dreadful that her first love is her only foe. Love is trust, honesty, respect, and the strong connection between two individuals. Juliet only exchanged a few words with Romeo and supposedly fell in love. I personally find this hard to believe since I don’t believe in love at first sight, it is simply impossible. Juliet has the same immature viewpoints on love, which is why both her and Romeo fall in love so quickly.
Romeo’s character of being infatuates is not yet over as Romeo tries to proceed love with Juliet as fast as the speed of light. At the Capulet’s feast, when Romeo tries to move things quickly with Juliet as soon as he sees her, he reaches closer to her touching her hand and then saying “If I profane with my unworthiness hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this, my lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss” (1.5.92-95). At this moment Romeo has no idea who Juliet is. But it is his stubbornness that leads him to move things quicker. In a blink of an eye Romeo’s love changes from Rosaline to Juliet’s.
Shakespeare's Views on Love in Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare's sixteenth century tragedy, remains one of the most famous, timeless pieces of literature yet created. This bittersweet tale documents the forbidden attraction between two impulsive children, and their tragic suicides. The story's incidents, saturated with Shakespeare's views and opinions, reveal the playwright's philosophies on love. Many consider Romeo and Juliet the greatest love story of all time, yet when the "love" between the two main characters is analyzed, it cannot truly be considered love. Instead Shakespeare wrote this play as a testament of the harsh consequences of reckless lust and attraction, and endeavored to send an admonition.
Romeo exhibits this, by the way, his words and actions throughout the play. “She hath Dian's wit, and, in strong proof of chastity well armed. From love's weak childish bow she lives uncharmed.” (1.1.204-207) Romeo thinks he is in love with Rosaline but gets mad at Rosaline because she will not sleep with him. Rosaline has no interest in sleeping with Romeo and that makes Romeo feel that he loves her even more until he invited himself to go to the Capulet’s house party where he meets Juliet. “By love, that first did prompt me to inquire.