Unrequited Love In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Evelyn How
Mr. Catrette
4 February 2016
The tragic play, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, talks about two young lovers belonging to two feuding families in Verona; the Capulets and the Montagues. Romeo Montague first appears as a confused young teen that is experiencing unrequited love. On the other hand, Juliet Capulet is seen as an obedient daughter who seems to have no desires of her own. Due to the long feuds between the two families, Romeo and Juliet cannot be properly acquitted with each other and therefore plots for their everlasting future. Romeo first comes into the scene as a depressed boy who is heartbroken because the girl he claims to be in love with, does not acknowledge his existence. Romeo enters
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He immediately falls for a girl he barely knows, and is depressed when the girl doesn’t love him back. Later in Act 1, he helps an alliterate Capulet servingman with a list of guests at a masquerade dance, and reads out the name, Rosaline, the girl he’s in love with. Benvolio convinces Romeo to go to the dance, not to talk to Rosaline, but to find more attractive girls that aren’t Rosaline. Romeo goes along, “I’ll go along, no such sight to be shown, But to rejoice in splendor of mine own.” (1.3.108), but he doesn’t want to go to find other girls, he just wants to see Rosaline. Even though he seems obsessed with Rosaline, he seems dedicated, showing that he can love someone with all his heart. Later, he sees Juliet and instantly forgets about Rosaline, and falls in love with Juliet. Based on both Romeo and Juliet’s actions and speech, they both aren’t scared of commitment and are dedicated once their heart finds their place. After the flirting and kissing at the party, Juliet has the Nurse go chase after Romeo to find his name. “If he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding bed.” (1.5. 148-149). Juliet was already so in love with Romeo, that if he was married, she would rather die than marry anyone else. Despite how young people married back then, they seem to have moved too fast, but many people say, A relationship isn’t based on how much time you spent together, but it is based on the foundation
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