In Romeo and Juliet, how does Romeo feel about love?

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Jessica Akcinar | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Many see Romeo as very immature and fickle, especially when it comes to love. At the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is extremely dejected because Rosaline, the girl he loves, has vowed celibacy and rejected his love. He hasn't eaten in days, locks himself in a dark room, and avoids his friends and relatives. In this case, Romeo sees love as bitter-sweet. 

Love is a smoke rais'd with the fume of sighs;(190)
Being purg'd, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
Being vex'd, a sea nourish'd with lovers’ tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet. (1.1)

However, that night, he easily forgets about Rosaline and falls in love with Juliet at first sight ("Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."). Romeo's love for Juliet is impulsive. He vows his love eternally the very same night they meet before even speaking to her and marries her the following day.

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