Romeo and Juliet – Love or Infatuation?
The image of Romeo and Juliet is generally considered to be an iconic symbol of everlasting, pure, powerful love. However, it often strikes me that a lot of people who use it in this meaning have never read or watched the actual Shakespeare’s play, for when I did it and tried to analyze the presented situation logically, I came to quite different conclusions.
People praising the purity of love between Romeo and Juliet seem to overlook the existence of another character in the play, which, although remaining unseen, is very important for understanding of the big picture. I am speaking, of course, of Rosaline, the girl Romeo was “in love with” before he met Juliet (the very ball he first saw Juliet was visited by him for the sheer reason Rosaline was going to be there) and immediately forgot about her afterwards.
Some critics say that his love for Rosaline is in fact infatuation, while his feelings for Juliet are genuine – but why is it so? On what grounds is this conclusion based? We are speaking here about an extremely unstable teenager who forgets about a girl the moment he sees another one whom he considers to be a little prettier. It may sound coarsely, but, romantic details aside, it is what it is. Who knows, maybe he would have forgotten Juliet in the same way, if given a chance?
That is why, I don’t see any reasons to consider the feelings of Romeo towards Juliet as anything but simple and yet another infatuation. After all, we all know that any love has an end; except for the one we are feeling right now.