Love is an important theme in most of Shakespeare’s play, including in Romeo and Juliet because love is a stronger force than all the animosity and forces of fate in Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s play, Shakespeare explores Romeo’s change in attitude to love between Rosaline and Juliet. In Act 1 Scene 1 Shakespeare introduces us to Romeo’s passionate desire towards Rosaline through the use of oxymoron, monologues and vivid imagery. In contrast, in Act 2 Scene 2, when Romeo is addressing Juliet, his language shifts through the use of light, religious and mythical imagery to reflect his newly found romantic love to Juliet.
In Act 1 scene 1, Shakespeare explores the attitude of an infatuated and unsettling love of Romeo to Rosaline. Romeo talks about his new found feeling love. “Ay me, sad hours seem long. Was that my father that went hence so fast?” This quotation shows that Romeo’s mood is sad, depressed, lifeless which makes time seems so long to him. Romeo is having a new experience to love and he’s having hormonal waving attention because even his father’s big car passed by, he didn’t even noticed it on the moment, he noticed after his father had passed him. Romeo is blindly in love and is confused at the same time.” Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. Being purged, fire sparkling in lover’s eyes”. This is a metaphor, a comparison where something is shown to be something else. This example shows that as Romeo is in love with Rosaline, he feels that love makes him blind and it’s torturing. In this example, love is compared as a smoke and Romeo is saying that love is like when smoke goes into your eyes, you would feel just like love, making you blind. The sighs that is in this quotation is the comparison with disappointment about love that is really a lot and is floating everywhere like smoke that floats everywhere in the air. Romeo feels that he’s