Romeo in Love
Romeo is in love. As we meet him in Act I, he is in love with Rosaline. This relationship makes him feel passive, lovesick, rejected, and depressed. Shortly after, he falls in love with Juliet. Now he exhibits behavior that is hopeful, aggressive, and passionate. I definitely do not admire this kind of lover.
Romeo is a 16 year old youth living in 17th century Verona, Italy. In the beginning of the play, Romeo is a depressed and melancholy person. This is because of his love-sickness for Rosaline. He spends most of his time sighing over his depressing non-existent love life. He wanders around with thoughts of Rosaline. His father, Montague, describes him: “Many a morning hath he there been seen/With tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew/Adding clouds to more clouds with his deep sighs” (Act I, Scene 1, 129-131). His family goes on to discuss what could be wrong with him. Romeo is obsessed with Rosaline, and it makes him more depressed that she does not love him back. He describes himself as, “Out of her favor where I am in love.” (Act I, Scene 1, 166). He is obsessed with her beauty, but he does not talk to her, “Show me a mistress that is passing fair, what doth her beauty serve, but as a note/Where I may read who passed that passing fair” (Act I, Scene1, 232-34). He continues to be down hearted and expresses his regret that she pledges to chastity: “She is rich in beauty, only poor/That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store” (Act I, Scene 1, 213-14). He isolates himself at the party hosted by the Capulet family, and spends his time in despair: “Under Love’s heavy burden I do sink” (Act I, Scene 4, 22).
Even though Romeo declares this great love for Rosaline, his feelings are actually shallow and short-lived. When he first sees Juliet, he feels uplifted, describing her as “Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!” (Act I, Scene 5, 46). He feels hopeful, happy, and in awe of Juliet, “Did my heart love till now? For...