♡Young Love♡

Theme of a young and too sudden love is shown in these parts in the book Romeo and Juliet:-

The First Kiss- Romeo and Juliet (Act 1 Scene 5)
&
The Balcony Scene (Act 2 Scene 2)

TOO young to know love.

Background Summary...

William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet Romeo talks about a story of two teenagers from rival families, who fall in love with each other.  Their impulsiveness, with their need to be secretive about their relationship, makes them seek help from Romeo's most trusted fellow, Friar Lawrence, and from Juliet's most trusted fellow, Nurse. They both marry each other after knowing each less than one day. Shortly after the wedding, Romeo kills Juliet's cousin, Tybalt to avenge for his friend, Mercutio's death. Romeo gets banished by the prince for this. Juliet and Friar Lawrence plan to fake her death without Romeo knowing. This leads Romeo to kill himself when he finds Juliet appearing to be dead in the tomb; however, he finds Paris, Juliet's suitor there and he murdered him. After this though, Romeo commits suicide. After the whole events that occur in the story, Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Paris, and Romeo's mother die. (Shakespeare).

The story is said to have a theme associating with a rushed and too sudden love because two lovers, Romeo and Juliet only met at a party, and instantly without even knowing each other for no more than one second fell in love.The average couple today dates for up to 3 years before marriage (Health Guidance).

In Act 1, scene 5, Romeo sees Juliet from across the room at a masquerade party held by Juliet's family. His ex Rosaline who he was hoping to see there which was the reason he was there that night. When he sees Juliet, he doesn't know how she looks for it was a masquerade party and they were wearing masks. The first thing he says to her is"If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss" this is the first thing he says to Juliet and it shows how infatuated he was with her when in reality he doesn't even know her or what she looks like. After an exchange of words the two lovers kiss: "and Then move not, while my prayer’s effect I take,Kisses her,Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purged".

After meeting each other at the party, Romeo lurks behind to look for Juliet. He finds her in her house on the balcony:"JULIET appears in a window above" (Shakespeare 2.2). They talk to each other about only love. Juliet suggests to Romeo that for him to really prove his love for her he should propose to /marry her.O gentle Romeo,If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully;Or if thou think'st I am too quickly won,I'll frown and be perverse, and say thee nay..."This is late in the evening of the same day they meet each at the party. They marry the next day at 9:00 am:"At the hour of nine". Romeo and Juliet's marriage would have likely resulted into a divorce (if it was common back then). Throughout the story was based off of looks and physical attraction "for thou art As glorious to this night, being o'er my head As is a winged messenger of heaven Unto the white-upturned wondering eyes Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him When he bestrides the lazy-pacing clouds And sails upon the bosom of the air.(Shakespeare 2.2.2)" "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows. The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand, And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand. Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."(Shakespeare 2.5). Friar Lawrence married the pair only two days after they met at the party, they could have gone on one or two dates within these two days, however they chose to marry after these two days.

 

In this play, Shakespeare conveys that the kind of love Romeo and Juliet have for each other makes them distance themselves from the world suggesting selfishness. Shakespeare describes Romeo and Juliet's love as a temporary burst of juvenile passion. Romeo and Juliet didn't once fully define their love to each as a commitment before marriage, instead their youthful lust was one of the reasons why their love grew so extreme. Shakespeare shows respect for young love but he also shows lament on the fickleness of it. Juliet falls in love with Romeo, despite their ages and the fact that their families are feuding against each other. They were rushed into their relationship and after only two days that Romeo had meet Juliet, he had already committed suicide for her. This type of rushed relationship probably wasn't the best type of relationship for Romeo and Juliet. Their love leads them to take their live as Friar Lawrence predicted :“these violent delights have violent ends.” (Shakespeare). Romeo and Juliet were so fueled by the rush of their love, they couldn’t think of anything other than being with each other.

Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Summary.

Related stories.

Pyramus and Thisbe are a couple of young Babylonians in love. Unfortunately, their families totally hate each other. The star-crossed lovers whisper sweet nothings through a crack in the wall that separates their houses, until they eventually can't take it anymore and decide to elope.But when Thisbe shows up under the mulberry tree where they're supposed to meet, a bloody-jawed lioness is hanging out there. Thisbe screams and runs, leaving her shawl behind. Pyramus arrives a little while later and finds the bloody lioness ripping apart the shawl. Uh oh—we can see where this is headed.Assuming Thisbe has been devoured, he stabs himself with his sword. Later, Thisbe returns, figures out the horrible thing that's happened, and stabs herself with Pyramus's sword, too. To this day, the formerly white berries of the mulberry tree are stained red with the blood of these tragic lovers. (Shmoop).

A story that uses the theme of sudden love-

http://www.pbs.org/weblab/lovestories/stories/Navigating_Faith/story127.shtml

Work cited.

"Average Time to Date Before Marriage." Average Time to Date Before Marriage.N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2014<http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/15125/1/Average-Time-to-Date-Before-Marriage.html>.

Shakespeare, William, and Alan Durband. Romeo and Juliet. Woodbury, N.Y: Barron's, 1985. Print.

Shmoop Editorial Team. "Pyramus and Thisbe Summary." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.

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