William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a tragic story of two young lovers whose lives are cut short due to the rivalry of their families, the Capulets and the Montagues. The family feud has been present for decades but once Romeo and Juliet meet they are instantaneously in love. Love at first sight some would say. But could love at first sight really be the case? No it could not. There are many things that serve to prove Romeo and Juliet were not in love. At the beginning of the play Romeo is in turmoil because he is in love with Rosaline, but she is not in love with him. This is seen when Mercutio tries to find out what is getting Romeo down and Romeo says “Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still,/Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will!/Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here?/Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all./Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love:/Why, then, O brawling love! O loving hate!/ O anything, of nothing first create!/O heavy lightness! Serious vanity!/Mis-shapen chaos of well seeming forms!/Father of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!/Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!/This love feel I, that feel no love in this./Dost thou not laugh?” (I, I, 168-180). But after Romeo lays eyes on the oh so fair Juliet all thoughts of Rosaline vanish. He is in love, yet again. And guess what, so is she. How can this be? They have not once talked to one another. What Romeo and Juliet experienced was lust. Lust is a
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