Theme Of Unrequited Love In Romeo And Juliet

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Unrequited love In the Robert browning poem, ‘The laboratory’ and Shakespeare’s famous ‘Romeo and Juliet’, there is a reoccurring theme of unrequited love. Unrequited love is displayed throughout Romeo and Juliet, as we can see with Romeo’s love for Rosaline at the beginning of the play. Romeo's love for Rosaline is unrequited. He loves her but she cannot love him because she is going to become a nun and nuns are not allowed to have relationships. Rosaline is unobtainable, just like Juliet was at first. Romeo's words for his love for Rosaline are very insincere and he discusses his love for Rosaline using sad language "Aye me sad hours seem long", "In sadness, cousin, I love a woman." When Benvolio asks who he loves, Romeo does not give a straight answer but instead complains that she does not return his love "From Love's weak childish bow she lives uncharmed."…show more content…
Although the love Romeo and Juliet share is ‘love at first sight’, as the play progresses Juliet's love for Romeo develops into true romantic love - she loves him despite him being a Montague. However, even this kind of love results in being unrequited, as both die for their love at the end of the
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