Romeo and Juliet Essay
As humans, it is in our nature to be drawn to another individual based solely off their physical attributes. Although these feelings of physical attraction are seen throughout all ages in society, they are predominantly apparent in the teenage populace due to the increase in hormonal output of the body. However, within teenagers, these feelings toward the opposite or same sex have more to do with lust than actual love. Unlike mature and experienced adults, the strong feelings present within young individuals are often irrepressible and cloud their judgement. Since most are frequently ignorant to the true concept of love, they more often than not act impulsively and dismiss the realities of the world. However, it would be unwitting to simply accuse young adults of this fault, for adults too are driven by another’s looks. This then discloses the question: where does the line between lust and love fall, and is there a true age limit on love? In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare clues to the idea that there is a true age limit through the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. By using the artificiality and immaturity of Romeo and Juliet’s love, as well as their combined impulsiveness and naïveté, Shakespeare warns against the consequences of young love.
In the play, Shakespeare utilizes the actions and speeches of Romeo to portray the detrimental effects of immature, young love. Romeo, although being approximately 17, is still just a young adult who knows nothing of true love. While at the party, for example, Romeo is still suffering from anguish and has no intention of looking for new love. At the party however, Romeo spots Juliet and falls in “love” again almost instantly, forgetting about his heartbreak.
He questions himself “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night” (Act I., Scene V, Lines 57-58). Through Romeo’s ability to fall in love at first sight, it becomes manifest that he is...