Romeo And Juliet Romantic Love Essay

During the balcony scene, Romeo climbs the wall and watches Juliet on her balcony.  When he reveals himself to her, she asks him how he was able to get in without being caught.  He responds:

Romeo: With love's light wings did I o'er-perch these walls;

For stony limits cannot hold love out,

And what love can do that dares love attempt;

Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me.

In other words, Romeo's love for...

During the balcony scene, Romeo climbs the wall and watches Juliet on her balcony.  When he reveals himself to her, she asks him how he was able to get in without being caught.  He responds:

Romeo: With love's light wings did I o'er-perch these walls;

For stony limits cannot hold love out,

And what love can do that dares love attempt;

Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me.

In other words, Romeo's love for Juliet "gave him wings" and he was able to work up enough courage to sneak into her presence.  Without the love he felt for her, he would not have been brave enough otherwise.

Before she finds out that Romeo has been watching her, Juliet speaks to herself on her balcony.  She thinks of Romeo, who, as a Montague, is hated by her family.  She implores him to give up his name:

Juliet: O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

Deny thy father and refuse thy name;

Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,

And I'll no longer be a Capulet.

She believes that their love transcends their family names.  She wishes that the feud between their families didn't exist, so that they could be together.  Juliet believes that they could be perfect together if it weren't for their families.

At this point, Romeo finally reveals himself, saying:

Romeo: I take thee at thy word:

Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized;

Henceforth I never will be Romeo.

Romeo shows that he is willing to give up anything for Juliet.  This sacrifice of his name mirrors his later sacrifice, his life.  His name seems like a simple thing to give up at this time, but both Romeo and Juliet later realize that their love comes at a higher price.

Romeo's Romantic And Spiritual Love For Juliet

In Romeo and Juliet we can see that Romeo has fallen into love with Juliet. This love is not the fashionable love that we saw with Rosaline, but true love. We know that this love for Juliet is also deeply spiritual because of the heavy emphasis on the fact that they were fated to be together.

At the very first time of meeting, it is evident that the love Romeo has for Juliet is true love, not superficial like the love he had for Rosaline. It is clear that Romeo believes that he can distinguish between the fashionable love for Rosaline, and the true love he has for Juliet; "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight/ For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." Romeo is questioning himself because he cannot believe that he was in love with Rosaline. Also, this signifies romantic love because he is saying that Juliet is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. We can see that when Romeo and Juliet first speak, they speak in sonnets full of religious imagery, "profane, "holy shrine", pilgrims", which shows the sincerity and purity of Romeo and Juliet's love.

Furthermore, we can see that Juliet stops Romeo from swearing his love by the moon; "O swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon". Juliet does this because she knows that the moon is not there forever, it goes away in the day and comes at night. Therefore, Juliet does not want Romeo's love to be half-hearted. However, soon after we see that when Romeo tries to swear by something else, Juliet interrupts him, "Well, do not swear". This shows that Juliet stops Romeo from using elaborate language when talking to her and expressing his emotions. Juliet wants Romeo to be genuine, and to invest himself in a more...

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