Is There True Love In Romeo And Juliet

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Love is a common and frequent theme in the works of Shakespeare. In fact, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is believed by many to be one of the greatest examples of true love in literature. While most good relationships take years to build, Romeo and Juliet met two hours before they decided to get married. They had never met before and didn’t even know each other’s names before they exchanged passionate kisses at the Capulet’s party. So is Romeo actually in love with Juliet, or is it just infatuation and lust? First off, love is a true, deep emotion and is often a long lasting of devotion. It's a decision to continue to trust, admire and commit to a person. It’s a feeling that deepens through time due to choice. On the other hand, infatuation…show more content…
Romeo even confesses to confusing real love with mere physical attraction, another symptom of infatuation, when he first sees Juliet in his lines, “Did my hear love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” Even Friar Laurence believes Romeo has confused real love with infatuation, as shown when he declares that "young men's love then lies / Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes”. Even just before he marries them, Friar Laurence expresses the belief that all they feel for each other is mere infatuation by warning their love is likely to die just as soon as it has begun, "like fire and powder". Romeo claims he loves Juliet but all he really loves is just her physical self because that's all he really knows. When Romeo finds Juliet “dead” he talks to her still form: “beauty ensign yet/ is crimson in they lips and in thy cheeks”. Romeo still thinks she is beautiful even though she is dead. As he reminisces about Juliet, all he can talk about is her physical beauty, he never once mentions her other non- physical attributes because he doesn't really know her or love her. This is the same for
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