Honors English I
19 April 2013
Throughout time love has been a perplexing emotion. In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, the two teenage lovers from Verona had a romantically tragic love affair. Romantic love allows both adolescents to break boundaries. Their love for each other completely alters their lives.
The first instance of this overpowering love occurs at meeting; Romeo and Juliet experience the cliché of “love at first sight.” Romeo goes to the Capulet’s supper in search of his love Rosaline, but suddenly after arriving he is distracted with the beauty of Juliet. He describes her beauty as “too good for words,” and that she is “too beautiful to die and buried.” He then begins to question if he ever even loved Rosaline because he has never seen true beauty before laying eyes on Juliet. Romeo goes to introduce himself to Juliet and greets her with a kiss. The two are unaware that they are the children of the others worst enemy, until the Nurse informs Romeo who Juliet’s father is. Another occasion where consuming love takes place is the night of their meeting when Romeo flies over the walls of the Capulet’s residence and stands below Juliet’s balcony. Juliet was oblivious that Romeo had been listening to her private thoughts when she hears him respond and questions who he is. She recognizes the sound of his voice and questions if him if he is Romeo, a Montague. Romeo replies “I am neither of those things if you dislike them.” During this time your family name was everything. By Romeo saying he will forsake his family for Juliet it shows just how much he truly loves Juliet even after such a short period of time. A final occurrence of this love is after Friar Lawrence secretly marries Romeo and Juliet. Tybalt, a Capulet and a cousin of Juliet’s is looking for Romeo and challenges him to a fight. Romeo admits that he has a reason to love Tybalt that puts aside his anger. Romeo tells Tybalt “Capulet- which...
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