The Role Of Manipulation In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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“Romeo and Juliet” is considered by many one of the greatest love stories to have ever been written. However, the tale is not one of love but a story of a young girl whose whims led her to be manipulated by a boy who was seeking out sex. The scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet demonstrates how fickle their infatuation is. The story begins with Romeo wailing over his lost love Rosaline, saying “And, in strong proof of chastity well-armed, from love’s weak childish bow, she lives uncharmed.” He continues his outburst by saying how useless Rosaline is if she is not willing to sleep with him. Benvoilo feels sympathy for the young brokenhearted man and encourages him to go to the Capulet’s party so he will forget the girl. Meanwhile, as Juliet prepares for the party, her mother discussing her impending marriage, to which she replies “It is an honour that I dream not of.” As Juliet is only 13 years old, it is reasonable for her not to be ready for such responsibility. However all previous notions are lost when she meets Romeo. He sees her from…show more content…
He approaches Juliet and after reciting a few lines comparing her to a saint her proceeds to kiss her. His aching heart for Rosaline seems to have recovered as soon as he found a new target, and the innocent Juliet takes every word to heart. Juliet falls trap to his charm and attention within a single meeting while Romeo was driven to the party because of his love for another woman. When a new opportunity for him to get a girl to sleep with presents itself, he takes it and seduces the first beautiful girl he sees. Not only is the love displayed in “Romeo and Juliet” extremely unrealistic, the romanticism is completely full of Romeo’s ulterior motives to forget Rosaline. The love expressed is not an actual connection but one of sensuality and physical attraction. Romeo manipulates Juliet’s love for him to satisfy his lust for

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