The Phenomenon of Love at First Sight in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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The Phenomenon of Love at First Sight in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

One of the first things that make reader believe in love at first sight is the way Shakespeare created two characters who should of hated each other in the form of Romeo and Juliet but who instantly fell in love the moment they first saw each other. This shows the reader that even though they were from feuding families and were each others enemies love at first sight was in itself was a real enough force to make two people fall in love

The first message in the play is where straight away Shakespeare makes his first reference to love "… A pair of star crossed lovers take their life… Doth with their death bury
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Here Shakespeare leaves the reader to interprite and guess at the meaning of this. Some readers of the play may use this as an example of how Shakespeare portrayed love at first sight to be such a real and powerful phenomenon; it may come across to them as very convincing. This is because even though Romeo loved Rosaline, as soon as he saw Juliet something was powerful enough to make him instantly love her.

There are also many other factors of the play which Shakespeare has created which make the reader doubt Romeo and Juliet's love and therefore love at first sight. One of these is the fact that the characters Romeo and Juliet were so young, although we do not know their exact ages in the play it says that Juliet is nearly fourteen and it is commonly assumed that Romeo is a few years older. This may lead readers to question whether or not it was just 'puppy love' or maybe it was just a physical/sexual attraction due to teenage hormones. Some readers may ask whether the only reason Romeo and Juliet married was so they could have sex, as in Shakespeare's time it was not acceptable to have sex outside of marriage.

When Romeo first sees Juliet he talks about her and this is a very convincingly written passage by Shakespeare to convince the reader that

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