Romeo and Juliet: Romeo's emotions for Juliet compared to Rosaline

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Romeo and Juliet Essay
One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies is ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Romeo, the male protagonist, is a thoughtful, sensitive character who comes across as a very non-violent person. He behaves a little immaturely at times (usually under the influence of his cousins) but is generally a very serious person. At the beginning of the play, he seems to be love-sick as he has an unrequited love – better put as an infatuation – for Rosaline from the house of Capulet, but later, in Act 2 Scene 5, he meets Juliet, also from the house of Capulet, and immediately falls in love with her. It is rather like a paradox situation, as he is in love with his “enemy”. In this essay, I will be analysing and comparing Romeo’s feelings for
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He sounds desperate because he seems to think that love is a battle and he must win it and he is frustrated at the fact that Rosaline does not love him back.
However, Romeo feels completely different emotions when he falls in love with Juliet. He is gentle instead of aggressive and feels joy instead of depression.
“But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the East and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,”
II, ii, 1-3

The question at the beginning shows that Romeo is hopeful. He wishes that it is Juliet at the window but he cannot be sure. There are lots of soft consonant sounds in the first line: ‘s…’, ‘…f…’, ‘l…’, ‘y…’ and ‘w…’ The sound of the soft consonants makes Romeo’s voice seem gentler and softer so the audience can hear that his love for Juliet is not aggressive but sweeter. He compares Juliet to the sun next. The word ‘sun’ has many connotations: light, happiness, brightness. Romeo is indicating that Juliet’s presence makes things bright for him. This contrasts with his love for Rosaline where he preferred darkness and even made himself an ‘artificial night’. It could also have a double meaning, as the sun – Juliet – outshines darkness – his depression when he was in love with Rosaline. The next line then goes on to tell the sun to ‘kill the envious moon’. This is referring to Diana, the Roman goddess of the moon, because she was a maiden goddess who swore not to fall in love so he is telling

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