“New love can look for all the world like mental illness, a blend of mania, dementia, and obsession that cut people off from friends and family and prompts out of character behavior.” The opening line of “Watching New Love as it Sears the Brain”, much like the opening lines of “Romeo and Juliet”, tell the reader what is happening before it really happens. The article talks about how people that have just fallen in love can appear crazy to the rest of the world, even though they might feel even more sane than ever before. Romeo and Juliet have this same experience. Characters like the Friar worry about Romeo and Juliet because they are smart and sensible and know Romeo and Juliet are rushing into a big mistake. In “Romeo and Juliet” Shakespeare's characters portray very similar characteristics of the people talked about in the New York Times article “Watching New Love as it Sears the Brain”.
The first characteristic displayed was when you are dumped or rejected it can actually heighten romantic love. The first time this was really displayed in “Romeo and Juliet” is when Romeo is in Love with Rosaline and can not get his mind off of her. As “Watching New Love as it Sears the Brain” explains “being dumped actually does heighten romantic love”. This has three effects on the plot of Romeo and Juliet. The First is that it causes Romeo to be sad and even more in love with Rosaline. The second is that because of Rosaline Romeo and Juliet meet. If Benvolio had not convinced Romeo to crash the Capulet’s party with him Romeo would have never met Juliet. The third is that even though his Romanticism was heightened because of Rosaline, it does not matter, as soon as Romeo and Juliet meet Romeo is instantly in love with her thus starting their spiralling relationship that of course ends up in death.
The second characteristic displayed is the irrational decision making. After the Capulet dance is over, Romeo goes to Juliet’s bedroom just to watch her....
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