Romeo and Juliet --- Similarities and Differences
As the two main characters in the play, Romeo and Juliet share a lot of common attributes as most teenagers do. One may say that those similarities lead them into their star-crossed the love. Despite all the characteristics they share, they still differ from each other in some ways.
Romeo is an impulsive person with an idealistic view of romance. His young heart eagerly seeks love, but is so easily distracted and changed. At the beginning of the play, Romeo is deeply in love with Rosaline. Romeo describes to his friends of how lovesick he is, and of the beauty of Rosaline. Romeo describes Rosaline as the “all-seeing sun/ne’er saw her match since first the world begun” and is tormented by his unappreciated love for Rosaline. Benvolio then suggests Romeo to attend a Capulet gathering where Rosaline will be outmatched by other beautiful girls but Romeo says that his affection for Rosaline will not change. The moment Romeo meets Juliet, his previous lovesick and depression are gone instantly as he quickly falls for Juliet. Romeo thinks of Juliet’s beauty as “I ne’er saw true beauty ‘til this night”, and swiftly makes plans to approach her regardless to the hatred between the two families. On the other hand Juliet is much more consistent throughout the play. At the beginning, Juliet remains not interested in love before and after meeting Paris, an eligible bachelor worthy for her. After Juliet falls in love with Romeo, she remains true to him and loves him until the end. Juliet is more cautious than Romeo. When Romeo expresses his love for Juliet and swears by the moon, who at that point has fallen completely for her, Juliet states that “It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden/ too like lightning, which doth cease to be/ ere one can say it lightens.” It is easy to see that Juliet thinks much more than Romeo, who is blinded by impulses and worries about nothing else.
Having said that Juliet is more cautious, a...