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Romeo and Juliet Love vs. Lust Essay

  • Submitted by: DesiDon
  • on April 1, 2014
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 482 words

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Romeo and Juliet known as one of the greatest tragedies in the history of english literature based on true love, or is it? The tragedy, originally a play, has wrenched tears out of manys eyes and shocked many who engage it. To all Romeo and Juliet is known as a tale of true love between two forbidden lovers, is it though? The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is based on emotion of teenage lust shared between Romeo and Juliet.
First of all Romeo did not even know who Juliet was when he fell in “love” at first sight. In Act 1 Scene 5 of the play when Romeo only sees Juliet he says “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night!”. This proves that Romeo, although it seems like love, only “loved” Juliet for her looks. Remember that at this point Romeo doesn’t even know who Juliet is at all, they have never met. You can see this in modern times when people claim to love someone but really just have those emotions because of their beauty.
Secondly, Romeo and Juliet were in a weak state of mind when they met. Romeo was still heartbroken by Rosaline and Juliet thought she would marry no one she liked in the least bit at all. In Act 1 Scene 4 Romeo says “I have a soul of lead, so stakes me to the ground I will never move.” He says this out of sadness of not being able to marry Rosaline. This was literally a few moments before Romeo sees Juliet for the first time. It supports that Romeo was vulnerable to love as he was stricken with sadness resulting in his attraction to Juliet merely to distract himself, not out of true love. As for Juliet, she was vulnerable as well as she wanted to choose any man other than Paris to marry. Who was that other option? The handsome Romeo.
Lastly I believe that Romeo and Juliet were too young to experience true love. Also because they are too young their lust to each other is driven by hormones. They are both at the age of puberty when they start to grow up and and desire the opposite gender. In...

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