How is Romeo presented as a lover in "Romeo and Juliet"? 

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iambic5 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Romeo is presented as a passionate, highly emotional, headstrong but very immature lover in “Romeo and Juliet”. It's important to remember that the romantic ideals of love that are often assumed to be held up in the play are less simple and idealized than they may appear at first. After all, Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love instantaneously, having barely spoken, and do tremendously impulsive and dangerous things to preserve that love. It's actually quite strange, when you think about it, that Romeo and Juliet's love is so intense and so consuming considering they've just barely met and in fact know almost nothing about each other. There is something very headstrong and immature about being willing to fight and die for the love of somebody you barely know. It sounds very romantic at first but upon reflection it seems a bit…insane. Romeo’s love for Juliet leads him to measures that are desperate, including eventually suicide, measures that are violent, and all sorts of behavior that makes the idea of romance much more complicated and difficult and unpleasant than it's typically assumed to be. The romantic ideas of “true love” and “love at first sight” that have come to surround the play have much more to do with the way people have traditionally perceived the characters, particularly in the Victorian era, than with the play itself, which presents love as a very painful, violent, desperate experience.

user2595947 | Student

Romeo is presented as a lover because he just so happens to have the girl of his dreams be an enemy. He falls in love with Juliet when he sneaks into the capulet's ball. There he sees Juliet and falls in love. Later in the story after they secretly get married. Juliet takes a sleeping potion to avoid marrying Paris. They find her and think that she is dead. Then romeo hears about it and kills himself because he would rather die then stay alive without her.