Examples Of Infatuation In Romeo And Juliet

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Infatuation: an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone. One simple word describes the theme of the tragedy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. This tragic story is about two thirteen year olds and the rash decisions they make and the big impacts they have on their lives. Romeo and Juliet are from two feuding families that loathe each other and plan to marry each other despite only knowing one another for a day. But in the end, the two impulsive teenagers commit suicide because of the infatuation they have for one another. Though the play is nailed as one of the greatest love stories, it is merely a pair of teenagers acting with irrationality and infatuation; this infatuation and irrationality are evident by Romeo and Juliet’s age, the…show more content…
The age of the two is shown when Shakespeare writes, “The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love, / And the continuance of their parents’ rage/ Which, but their children’s end, nought could remove,” (1.Prologue.12). In the prologue, it says that Romeo and Juliet are just children. The two were not old enough to be deciding who or when to marry someone because they were still maturing. Shakespeare also shows that thirteen is too young of an age to marry when he says: “But saying o’er what I have said before:/ My child is yet a stranger to the world;/ She hath not seen the change of fourteen years, / Let two more summers wither in their pride,/ Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride,” (1.2.7-11). Lord Capulet even thinks that Juliet is too young to be a bride because she has only been on this earth for fourteen years and she has not experienced much in her lifetime thus far. Juliet needed two more years for her to mature and experience life in a way she could not if she was married right away. All in all, Romeo and Julie’s love was not true because they were still young and
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