In Acts 1 and 2, how is Romeo and Juliet's love shown as deep and genuine?I have to focus on a multitude of things, but I am stuck on the following:1)The contrasts the Nurse and Romeo's bawdy...

In Acts 1 and 2, how is Romeo and Juliet's love shown as deep and genuine?

I have to focus on a multitude of things, but I am stuck on the following:

1)The contrasts the Nurse and Romeo's bawdy friends display - I'm not really sure what to write about this. I have explained what bawdy humour they use (using quotations), but I don't really know how it contrasts with Romeo and Juliet's love and how it shows their love as deep and genuine.

2)Romeo and Juliet's love and what their language and behaviour show in Act 1, Scene 5 and Act 2, Scene 2. Also, I have to write about the importance of stagecraft and direction in these two scenes, but I am, yet again, not entirely all too sure as to what to write.

3) What significance do the role of the Friar and the speed of their marriage hold in relation to Romeo and Juliet's sincerity of their love?

Thanks in advance! :)

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many contrasts used to show the differences in emotions of this play.  Romeo opens jabbering on about Rosaline and how in love he is with her, much to his friends' joking because up until this point in his life, he is always "in love" with some girl...today it just happens to be Rosaline.  When he meets Juliet, however, everything changes.  He is victim to love at first sight...had he known who she was, perhaps things would be different, but one can not control with whom the heart falls.  He can not get his mind off her, and he isn't talking about it all the time...he is acting on it.  Touching her hands and playing little flirty speech games with her at the party.  Listening in the bushes, climbing walls, and pledging to her--in person--his undying love.  Romeo's personality changes, and in contrast with the playfulness and silly joking manner he had in the first scenes and his friends continue to have, it is relatively easy to see.  The language the two use at the party and on the balcony is not passed in a joking manner.  They are serious, and it becomes even more so once they realize to which family the other belongs.  A passing fancy (Rosaline, for instance) would have been blown away after figuring out the "love" of my life is my family's enemy.  The Friar agrees to marry them quickly as a way to perhaps ease the tensions between the two families and promote peace in the region.