Compare and contrast Romeo's love for Rosaline and Juliet. Use quotes, themes, images, and language in Romeo and Juliet.

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Concerning Romeo and his loves in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet you can find most of what you need concerning Rosaline in Act I:i.  Romeo enters the scene just before line 62.  Everything you need is contained in the next couple of pages.  Romeo is infatuated with Rosaline the first time he enters the stage, is sad because she's rejected him, and insists to Benvolio that he'll never get over his loss.

Rosaline is quickly forgotten, however, when Romeo sees Juliet in Act I:v, just before line 42.  His speech starting in line 45 is full of imagery and figurative language, by the way.

Romeo is infatuated with Rosaline, then he is infatuated with Juliet.  Other than that there's not a great deal to compare and contrast between the two.  Rosaline is only briefly mentioned, while Juliet, together with Romeo, dominates the play.  The quotes, etc., that you need concerning Rosaline can be found in Act I:i, and to compare Romeo's infatuation with Juliet to that of Rosaline, see Romeo's speech and the rest of his reaction after he first sees her in I:v.

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