Romeo tells Benvolio about his love for Rosaline, a girl who he doesn’t seem to actually have a relationship with. It doesn’t even seem that Rosaline has feelings for Romeo. When Romeo says, “She hath forsworn love, and in that vow do I live dead,” (Shakespeare I.i.230) he means that he is heartbroken. Shakespeare’s exaggerated statements show that Romeo is dramatic.
Benvolio convinces Romeo to crash a party hosted by a hostile family, the Capulets. Romeo goes because Rosaline will be there. At the dance, Romeo sees Juliet and instantly forgets about Rosaline. Later,