Infatuation In Romeo And Juliet
When they are offered to attend a party at the Capulet's house, Romeo happily agrees to go, because Rosaline will be there. At the party, Romeo sees Juliet, the only daughter of the Capulet's and falls instantly in love with her and forgets about Rosaline.
"Rosaline, my ghostly father? No. I have forgot that name, and that name's woe."
This proves Romeo's infatuation with Rosaline. We know that Romeo's love for Juliet is sincere because of the language used between the two of them. Romeo and Juliet's poetic love conversation ends up in them deciding to get married. Both the contemporary and Shakespearean audience would believe that Romeo and Juliet were being a bit rash with this decision. A contemporary audience would also be a bit worried about the fact that Juliet is only thirteen years old, which is three years too young to get legally married, but to a Shakespearean audience they may believe that it is about time Juliet got married. This is because in Shakespearean times, girls were often married by the age of eleven or twelve and even having families by the age of thirteen and fourteen.
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Juliet goes to Friar Lawrence for help and he comes up with a plan, which due to 'fate' doesn't work out. Friar Lawrence makes a potion which makes Juliet seem dead for forty hours and he sends another Friar off to go tell Romeo about the plan, in which Romeo would return to Verona and when Juliet awakes they can leave to Mantua together. Unfortunately for Romeo and Juliet the Friar doesn't get the message to Romeo in Mantua due to an outbreak of plague in a town, upon which the Friar could not pass. Romeo receives word Juliet is dead and becomes hot headed again. He goes to an apothecary where he buys some poison and sets off to Verona to see Juliet:
"Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight."
A Shakespearean audience may feel disappointed with Romeo as he is clearly being hot headed again and is off to commit suicide, which a Shakespearean audience would be disgusted with. A contemporary audience may feel sad for Romeo as he believes Juliet is dead and has let his feelings take control of his actions. When Romeo arrives