The Utter Infatuation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Essay

1622 Words Nov 20th, 2014 7 Pages
Emma Breitenstein
Miss Raub
9 Honors English
16 May 2014
The Utter Infatuation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Over time, writing has become exceedingly prominent, and throughout generations it has tremendously improved, leaving behind some of the best literature pieces in history. Since writing began, many great authors, playwrights, and poets have emerged, contributing to the literary society and producing countless works of literature, some that are still read today. A few notable composers that left behind numerous classics include Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, and William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time due to his many great plays and his vast contribution to the
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Although his life seems to be consumed with this devotion towards Rosaline, when he speaks, he talks only of her beauty, never commenting on her personality or any of her other traits. “O, she is rich in beauty, only poor, /That when she dies, with beauty dies her store” (I.i.215-216). Here, Romeo speaks of her beauty, like he usually does, commenting on how her elegance will “die” with her if she doesn’t have children. Romeo continues to speak of her beauty and the fact that she does not love him in return until Benvlio suggests the part to find another girl.
The minute Romeo lays eyes on Juliet he proclaims his everlasting love for her. “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (I.v.51-52). The same day just hours before, Romeo had been declaring his undying love for Rosaline and now he was saying that he was never in love with her at all. This shows that Romeo has a habit of being hasty with his feelings and not thinking them through all the way before acting upon them. He immediately comments on her beauty saying, “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! / It seems she hangs upon the check of night/ as a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear; / Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear” (I.v.43-46). When he first sees her,he is immediately taken aback by her beauty, just as he was by Rosaline. Juliet, too, is struck

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