Unrequited Love - Romeo and Juliet Essay

955 Words Sep 7th, 2010 4 Pages
Romeo and Juliet Essay
Unrequited Love

Love was always a monopoly. You never know whether someone really loves you or not. All you know is you love them. That is what always makes unrequited love difficult. In Romeo and Juliet, unrequited love is present whether apparent or implied. Romeo falls in love with Rosaline and Paris falls in love with Juliet which remain the most obvious examples. However, I do believe their is an unrequited love between Juliet and her parents. When we first meet Romeo, he is infatuated by Rosaline (which he calls love), who happens not to be in love with him and plans to become a nun.
“Why, such love’s transgression. Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,
Which thou with propagate to have it pressed
…show more content…
This shows the maturity of Capulet (which is eventually terminated later in the book) and him wanting what is best for Juliet, which is not necessarily what she wanted, “But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart; My will to her consent is but part. (I, ii, 16-17)” As the play reaches the end, and Juliet fakes her death, Paris comes to see her himself carrying flowers, showing that he truly loved her, but she did not love him.

Sweet flower, with flowers thy bridal bed I strew (O woe, thy canopy is dust and stones!) ........ ........ ........ Nightly shall be to strew thy grave and weep. ........ What cursèd foot wanders this way tonight, To cross my obsequies and true love’s rite? What, with a torch? Muffle me, night, awhile. (V, iii, 12-21)

This contradictory quote proves Paris genuinely love Juliet, and is made clear when he says “true love’s rite.” With depressing words used such as “weep,” “muffle,” and “tears,” it shows that Juliet’s death has had an effect on his happiness. Finally, the last example of unrequited love is displayed by Lord and Lady Capulet to Juliet. At many points in this play Juliet’s parents would be cruel to Juliet and not do what was best for her. Love was not shown, especially when Lord Capulet slapped Juliet after she said she did not want to marry Paris. Her parents never seemed to be there for her either, therefore she had to turn to the Nurse for parental influence. Who loved who may

Related Documents