What are some quotes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that show Romeo was not in love with Juliet, he was just immature?

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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One good quote that can be used to question the depth of Romeo's love can be found in Friar Laurence's reaction to Romeo's sudden change of heart. Friar Laurence accuses him of being fickle, saying,

Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear,
So soon forsaken? young men's love then lies
Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes. (I.iii.66-69)

In other words, Friar Laurence is saying that because of his youth, Romeo does not truly know what love is but instead mistakes love for lust.

Another good passage portraying that Romeo mistakes love for lust is spoken by Romeo himself. When Romeo first beholds Juliet at Capulet's feast, Romeo asks himself,

Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night. (I.v.54-55)

In this passage, when Romeo asks if his "heart" loved, he replies by referring to his eyes, telling his eyes to "renounce," or give up, the idea that he knew love. Furthermore, Romeo's reference to beauty shows that he correlates love with only the acknowledgement of beauty. It can also be said that he is confusing love for lust. Hence, we see even through this passage that it is Romeo's youth that leads him to mistake love for lust, and prevents him from fully understanding the depth of love.


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