9 Honors English
16 May 2014
The Utter Infatuation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Over time, writing has become exceedingly prominent, and throughout generations it has tremendously improved, leaving behind some of the best literature pieces in history. Since writing began, many great authors, playwrights, and poets have emerged, contributing to the literary society and producing countless works of literature, some that are still read today. A few notable composers that left behind numerous classics include Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, and William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time due to his many ...view middle of the document...
He wastes all of his time agonizing about how she doesn’t feel the same way and often complains about the one-sided relationship. Although his life seems to be consumed with this devotion towards Rosaline, when he speaks, he talks only of her beauty, never commenting on her personality or any of her other traits. “O, she is rich in beauty, only poor, /That when she dies, with beauty dies her store” (I.i.215-216). Here, Romeo speaks of her beauty, like he usually does, commenting on how her elegance will “die” with her if she doesn’t have children. Romeo continues to speak of her beauty and the fact that she does not love him in return until Benvlio suggests the part to find another girl.
The minute Romeo lays eyes on Juliet he proclaims his everlasting love for her. “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (I.v.51-52). The same day just hours before, Romeo had been declaring his undying love for Rosaline and now he was saying that he was never in love with her at all. This shows that Romeo has a habit of being hasty with his feelings and not thinking them through all the way before acting upon them. He immediately comments on her beauty saying, “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! / It seems she hangs upon the check of night/ as a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear; / Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear” (I.v.43-46). When he first sees her,he is immediately taken aback by her beauty, just as he was by Rosaline. Juliet, too, is struck by the force that she calls love when first laying her eyes on Romeo. They soon begin holding hands and kissing without even getting to know one another. They impulsively go from a palmer’s kiss to rapidly touching lips (Halio 74).
The most famous scene in the entire play is said to be the most romantic as Romeo and Juliet profess their love for each other while Juliet resides on a balcony. During this scene, Romeo hastily begins to speak of her incredulous beauty, comparing her eyes to the stars in the sky. His words during the balcony scene do not represent love; they are just a restatement of what he had previously said for Rosaline (Bloom 224). After his proclamation, Juliet also declares her love for Romeo and they begin to think of marriage, though they had only met on that very same night. “If that thy bent of love be honorable, / Thy proposemarriage, send me word tomorrow” (II.ii.143-144). Juliet says this, as if trying to prove that their love is true. Although this is extremely impulsive, neither seem to realize that “true love” doesn’t happen in a few hours. Romeo finally agrees on the marriage later saying, “Then plainly know my heart’s dear love is set/ on the fair daughter of rich Capulet” (II.iii.57-58).
Romeo is overall like any other teenage boy, his hormones are telling him he is in love with every girl when really he is just attracted to her. Besides regularly commenting on Juliet’s physical appearance, he is shown to want to...