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09/07/2019

Romeo and Juliet: infatuation essay?

QUESTION
Romeo and Juliet: infatuation essay?
For my essay about Romeo and Juliet, I’m talking about how the two lovers were in fact infatuated with each other, and not in love. To support my argument, I’m talking about how Romeo, when talking about Juliet, only ever talks about her appearance. What quote fro the text can you think of where he says this (and what page..) ?
I also talk about how they are only thinking of themselves, and not the well-being of each other. are there any areas/quotes from the text that show this?
THANKS 🙂

ANSWER
•”O my love, my wife!
Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 5.3

I think that this is pretty telling. It shows that she is still has beautiful to him, though she is dead; her personality completely taken away (or so he believes).

Also this…
O serpent heart hid with a flowering face!
Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?
Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical!
Dove-feathered raven, wolvish-ravening lamb!
Despisèd substance of divinest show,
Just opposite to what thou justly seem’st.
A damnèd saint, an honorable villain!
O nature, what hadst thou to do in hell
When thou didst bower the spirit of a fiend
In moral paradise of such sweet flesh?
Was ever book containing such vile matter
So fairly bound? Oh, that deceit should dwell
In such a gorgeous palace!

Juliet speaks this monologue after discovering that Romeo has killed her cousin, and close friend, Tybalt. It shows that she has been so infatuated with him that she didn’t realize the sort of person he really was.