Romeo and Juliet by WilliamShake
Capulet overhears Tybalt and reprimands him, telling him that Romeo is well Romeo sees Juliet and forgets Rosaline entirely; Juliet meets Romeo and falls. He was initially going to the Capulet party in which he met Juliet in search of Was it because Rosaline was not considered Romeo's 'true love' but Juliet was?. and find homework help for other Romeo and Juliet questions at eNotes. for Juliet is distinguished from his love for Rosaline by his willingness to marry her.
As compared with his style of speech after meeting with Juliet, it serves to mark the difference between being lovesick and being in love. Now it is more than passing strange if, when this speech was first written, the sharp contrasts that Romeo makes were not occasioned by the conflict between his family's hatred of the Capulets and his own love for Juliet.
That the family feud was not a sufficient obstacle in the case of Capulet's niece is evidenced by Romeo's instant realization of a wholly new type of obstacle when he finds himself in love with Capulet's daughter. Rosaline's own disfavor was all that stood in the way of his earlier passion.
Judged by the standards of any expression of love which Shakespeare gives us up to and including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo's love for Rosaline is neither artificial nor insincere. It is because we must perforce contrast it with his love for Juliet that we condemn it as frivolous or unworthy.
When in Shakespeare took in hand his early drama, or fragment, of Romeo and Juliet, and began to build it up into the beautiful tragedy that we have, I think he was able to preserve very little of the earlier work.
The scene in question was one that he chose to keep. But before long he discovered that none of his boyhood's love poetry was adequate to the passion which he was now portraying.
Rather than throw it all away, he hit upon the excellent device of inventing a former love, a Rosaline 1 ; and the contrast of Romeo's love for Rosaline and his love for Juliet is simply the contrast of Shakespeare's ability to represent love in and Shakespeare may have taken the name Rosaline from the association it had in his mind with the sort of love poetry he first wrote, without knowing that he was just about to give a hasty revision, or expansion rather, to Love's Labour's Lost itself.
This list of people to be rounded up by a servant, including "beauteous sisters" and "lovely nieces," certainly seems youthful, even if in verse.
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Delius' suggestion that Romeo fills in the epithets ill accords with his not knowing whose the letter is when he reads it. If he had been in love with Rosaline at this time he would have known whose fair niece she was, — or else no "brawling love" in the previous passage.
In I, ii, 83 f. When the devout religion of mine eye Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fires! And those who, often drowned, could never die, Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars! One fairer than my love! I do not see any intention on Shakespeare's part to make this an expression of "puppy love," though he continues the riming vein of his earlier work. Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold.
But are we to believe that Shakespeare had no wiser intention in introducing the Rosaline episode than to make use of old material?
I do not feel that this follows from my argument. If Shakespeare at thirty-three were himself deeply in love — and I believe that nobody but a lover could have written Romeo and Juliet 6 — he had no wish to portray a man's final love as a first love, nor had he any reason for trying to make the completeness of one depend upon the unreality of the other.
Shakespeare was never a sentimentalist of this sort. The passage I have just quoted shows that in revising the play he still did not discredit Romeo's love for Rosaline.
Another point of interest upon which some light may be thrown by this double date of composition is that of Juliet's age. However much we may emphasize the Italian maturity of this very English-like girl, or the Elizabethan way of applying positive decrepitude to what seems to us the prime of life, there is still a disparity between the psychology and the mathematics of this drama. The references to Juliet's age come in the second and third scenes of act I.
Of scene ii, only lines, and seem to me to belong to the revision; and unless Shakespeare amplified the Nurse's part, adding, perhaps, the contradictory elements in her long "earthquake" speech, scene iii must have been in the original drama. In lines 72, 73 of this scene Lady Capulet says, I was your mother much upon these years That you are now a maid: Juliet's father, however, in a passage I, v, 30 f. How long is it since last yourself and I Were in a mask!
Capulet, according to this, has some real age to him! Her name may be referred to in the first sonnet when the young man is described as "beauties Rose. When Juliet says " Scholars have found similarities between them: Rosaline in Love's Labours Lost constantly rebuffs her suitor's advances and Romeo's Rosaline remains distant and chaste in his brief descriptions of her.
These similarities have led some to wonder whether they are based on a woman Shakespeare actually knew, possibly the Dark Lady described in his sonnets, but there is no strong evidence of this connection.
Without her, their meeting would be unlikely. Ironically, she remains oblivious of her role. Some see Romeo's supposed love for Rosaline as childish as compared with his true love for Juliet. Others argue that the apparent difference in Romeo's feelings shows Shakespeare's improving skill.
Since Shakespeare is thought to have written early drafts of the play inand then picked them up again in to create the final copy, the change in Romeo's language for Rosaline and Juliet may mirror Shakespeare's increased skill as a playwright: In this view, a careful look at the play reveals that Romeo's love for Rosaline is not as petty as usually imagined. Before meeting Rosaline, Romeo despises all Capulets, but afterwards looks upon them more favourably.
He experiences the dual feelings of hate and love in the one relationship. This prepares him for the more mature relationship with Juliet—one fraught by the feud between Montagues and Capulets. Romeo expresses the conflict of love and hate in Act 1, Scene 1, comparing his love for Rosaline with the feud between the two houses: Why, then, O brawling love!
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O any thing, of nothing first create! Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this. Dost thou not laugh? Psychoanalytic critics see signs of repressed childhood trauma in Romeo's love for Rosaline. She is of a rival house and is sworn to chastity. Thus he is in an impossible situation, one which will continue his trauma if he remains in it.
Although he acknowledges its ridiculous nature, he refuses to stop loving her. Psychoanalysts view this as a re-enactment of his failed relationship with his mother. Rosaline's absence is symbolic of his mother's absence and lack of affection for him.Romeo complains of losing rosaline
Romeo's love for Juliet is similarly hopeless, for she is a Capulet and Romeo pursues his relationship with her; the difference being that Juliet reciprocates.
Performances[ edit ] Rosaline has been portrayed in various ways over the centuries.