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what are some reasons that romeo and juliet might be in love??i am writing an essay on...

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miyko | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 24, 2011 at 12:38 PM via web

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what are some reasons that romeo and juliet might be in love??

i am writing an essay on why they aren't in love and i need ideas for a counter example thank you in advance for the help.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 24, 2011 at 1:23 PM (Answer #2)

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In regards to your counter example, I think the best argument as to why Romeo and Juliet might be in love is probably that each would rather die than live without the other.  There are many quotes from the climax of the play that would add to your opposition paragraph.  Lots of passion in those last lines.  Lots of desperation.

In regards to an idea for the rest of your essay: Romeo and Juliet might NOT be in love because they are, in fact, infatuated with each other.  You can give evidence of this simply by citing the time period it takes for their love to grow:  approximately one second.  Generally, people should grow into love gradually.  Rarely is there "love at first sight," it's more like infatuation at first sight.  You could also make a case at how quick they are to jump into everything, most especially marriage.  Finally, a last case for infatuation can be made by the sheer passion of everything they do.  Infatuation breeds passion.  True love breeds patience.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 24, 2011 at 2:08 PM (Answer #3)

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Just to expand on the second point made above, look at how unreasonable the two of them are.  They're totally swept away by their passion to the point of killing themselves.  They are not being mature and thinking things through.  To me, this supports the idea that they are infatuated rather than truly in love.

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miyko | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 24, 2011 at 2:34 PM (Answer #4)

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In regards to your counter example, I think the best argument as to why Romeo and Juliet might be in love is probably that each would rather die than live without the other.  There are many quotes from the climax of the play that would add to your opposition paragraph.  Lots of passion in those last lines.  Lots of desperation.

In regards to an idea for the rest of your essay: Romeo and Juliet might NOT be in love because they are, in fact, infatuated with each other.  You can give evidence of this simply by citing the time period it takes for their love to grow:  approximately one second.  Generally, people should grow into love gradually.  Rarely is there "love at first sight," it's more like infatuation at first sight.  You could also make a case at how quick they are to jump into everything, most especially marriage.  Finally, a last case for infatuation can be made by the sheer passion of everything they do.  Infatuation breeds passion.  True love breeds patience.

thank you so much i really needed help and you helped me alot and i wrote my counter argument around you idea

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 26, 2011 at 4:49 AM (Answer #5)

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That Romeo and Juliet are unreasonably impetuous in their pursuit of joining with one another indicates that they are not truly in love.  For, Juliet especially has misgivings about being with Romeo as she states in the first act that she fears their "love" is "too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,..." (2.2.)

As St. Paul famous letter to the Corinthians implies, love is not selfish.  There is too much selfish motivation in Romeo's love--"Wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?" (2.2) for his love to be real love.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 27, 2011 at 10:34 AM (Answer #6)

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To make another point about why they ARE in love with each other you could consider the fact that they both have had dealings with the opposite sex that are/were not what they wanted -- they ultimately wanted each other. Rosalind doesn't return Romeo's interest. Juliet isn't the least bit interested in marrying the more "suitable" Paris, but falls hard and fast for "unsuitable" Romeo. Maybe they just know that this is where they should be and it is a true case of love at first sight.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 29, 2011 at 1:27 AM (Answer #7)

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Since they did not know each other when they became attracted to each other, sexual attraction would have had to be the major factor for their "love." Once they started to learn about each other, these feelings continued so love must have been evolving. Whether given the natural course of progression these feelings would have continued is doubtful. Do not forget that when Romeo first saw Juliet, he was forever in "love" with Rosaline.

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benignking | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 11, 2011 at 8:15 PM (Answer #8)

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I personally do not think that they are in love.

Why you ask?

Because at the start of the play, Romeo was 'MADLY' in 'LOVE' with Rosaline.

I think Romeo is still young and just love girls in his eyes. (lust)

 

Probably if Juliet wasnt attracted to Romeo, like Rosaline, He would have go on and fall in 'LOVE' with another girl.

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lucey82 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted July 11, 2011 at 11:30 PM (Answer #9)

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I think Romeo's mindset prior to seeing Juliet was one of dejection and depression. When someone is feeling this way, they often look for a way out in order to feel better. Meeting Juliet and finding that she is amenable to his advances helps him to move on from Rosaline.

On the other hand, Juliet loves Romeo because she feels pressure from her parents to marry. They have an instant attraction, and when a person is young and impressionable, this is sometimes all it takes to spark love. Although it might just be infatuation, they doesn't change the fact that Juliet was willing to do whatever it takes to have a life with Romeo: feigning death, leaving her family, and ignoring the fact that Romeo killed her cousin. All of these things require a certain level of love.

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lovepeacea | Student | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted July 21, 2011 at 9:15 AM (Answer #10)

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They have a very deep love connection for eachother:D

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shizza123 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 21, 2011 at 9:35 AM (Answer #11)

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1) IMMATURITY: Romeo falls in love with someone else first... They are very young and barely know each other....

2) DRAMA: children just want to be rebellious.... they mainly want to be together because their parents don't approve of the relationship. i doubt their love would really last if their parents agreed to their marriage......

 

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parkourfreak | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 13, 2011 at 8:14 PM (Answer #12)

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Without even meeting Juliet, and deducing her character and personality, Romeo falls for her looks saying, “For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” He mistakes love for youthful lust.

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