Romeo And Juliet True Love Essay

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“The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” Essay True love is something that occurs naturally, without compulsion and pressure from any influential factors. The characters Romeo and Juliet die fighting for their infatuation that Shakespeare attempts to label as love. Neither character has an eloquent idea of what true love is; they are so inexperienced that they mistake their lust to be love. In the play, “The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet,” Shakespeare expresses a romantic lust between the protagonists that fails to prove itself as true love because of struggles and conflicts that bring Romeo and Juliet together. Although Romeo claims that his love for Juliet is true, it is evident that he is only using Juliet to get over, and even replace, Rosaline. When Benvolio questioned Romeo about his despair, Romeo was heartbroken due to the rejection he faced from his beloved Rosaline. Romeo tells Benvolio about his despair when he says, “Out of her favour where I am in love” (1. 1. 158). Romeo says he remains in love with Rosaline, even though he has been rejected, but later comes to show that he was only infatuated, as he falls in “love” again, only this time, with Juliet. Mercutio and Benvolio pressure Romeo to attend the Capulet feast to help him overcome his traumatic love for Rosaline; little do they know that Romeo will repeat the mistaken idea of love with their sworn enemy. When Romeo sees Juliet he completely ignores the feelings he had for Rosaline as he says, “Did my heart love til now? Forswear it, sight, For I ne’er saw true beauty til this night” (1. 5. 54-55). In the beginning of the play Romeo was head over heels for Rosaline, however, he claims that he has never truly ... ... middle of paper ... ...iet’s looks, but never does he expand on what her personality is like, demonstrating the clear difference of his lust for Juliet, as opposed to true love. Romeo and Juliet don’t love each other, they love lust; they find each other so magnificent that they can’t bear not being close. Throughout the play, the readers witness the story of two star-crossed “lovers.” However, Romeo and Juliet were never truly in love; they were merely infatuated with one another. Their feelings of lust remain only lust, because there was never a point where they truly fell for each other. Both of these characters feared what would truly happen if they faced reality; Juliet would be forced into an arranged marriage and Romeo would be forced to carry a broken heart. Shakespeare attempted to blend the feelings of love and lust, but the differences between true love and lust remain obvious.
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