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How Far Do You Believe That Romeo and Juliet's Love Is Genuine?

  • Date Submitted: 02/27/2011 08:27 AM
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How far do you believe that Romeo and Juliet’s love is genuine?
Romeo and Juliet’s feelings for each other can be seen as genuine at different stages in the play. Their love for each can be very strong at times and not so strong at other times. An example of this strong love for Juliet is when they first saw each other at the Capulet’s party. It can be said that this was love at first sight and it was the strongest love that Romeo felt for Juliet. Romeo was attracted to Juliet because of her of who she is.
Romeo says to Juliet the first time they meet,
‘If I profane with my unworthiest hand, This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this, My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss’.
This shows that, in Romeo’s eyes, Juliet is very pure and she is an angel who does nothing wrong. He thinks that Juliet is perfect for him. William Shakespeare uses religious imagery throughout the play, especially when talking about how Romeo depicts Juliet and Romeo always sees Juliet in a good light and he also thinks that Juliet has never done anything bad and will not do anything bad.
He puts aside the strong rivalry between the Capulets and Montagues because of his strong love for Juliet. It seems that Juliet has strong feelings for Romeo to and prefers him to Paris, the man who her mother wanted Juliet to meet and potentially marry. At the moment of meeting Juliet, Romeo forgets that he has feelings for Rosaline and his only focus is his new found love, Juliet.
At times is seems, Romeo is not certain if he is in love with Rosaline or if he is in love with Juliet. Rosaline does not love Romeo back but unfortunately he is not able to see that, however it is apparent that Juliet loves Romeo back but she does not want to show that to her parents in case they might kill Romeo for being a Capulet.
Romeo’s love is so strong for Juliet, he becomes very emotionally attached to her and becomes overly obsessed. He thinks about her every...


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