April 21 2017

Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.

Romeo and Benvolio

Tonight, please finish reading Act I, scene i, (pp.17-25).  Then write a response here.  Consider the following question:

What do you think we are supposed to learn about the character of Romeo based on his conversation with Benvolio? Consider his speech, lines Act I, scene i, lines 181-185:

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;

Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;

Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.

What is it else? A madness most discreet,

A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.

Be sure to use many text-based details in your response and to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

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Posted April 21, 2017 by equinson in category Romeo and Juliet

36 thoughts on “Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.

  1. Toa Neil

    In this line I believe we learn something about Romeo. First he does understand that love is an odd thing and makes no sense. We also learn that he is happy but bittersweet about life. first, he notes the problems but decides it is for him regardless.

  2. tarika1

    In this speech we learn that Romeo is in love. He notes how love is a bittersweet thing. When he says, “What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.”, he is comparing it to a gall and then compares it to preserving sweets. This contradicts itself which means that Romeo has experienced both sides of the love he describes. This shows readers a little background of Romeo and his life.

  3. arihantp1

    We can learn that Romeo is depressed due to his love, from his speech. Before Romeo’s speech he explains to Benvolio how he is sad and that Benvolio is making him even more depressed. Romeo than says how love is a form of madness, that engulfs you and soon chokes you. He also says how love can lead to an ocean of tears, and become a smoke from the “fume of sighs.” Clearly Romeo is in love, but that love is what is causing him to ache, and driving him mad. Love is a bittersweet thing, but to Romeo it is more bitter due to his love being “star-crossed.”

  4. ilyssal

    In Romeo’s speech to Benvolio regarding love and his personal meaning and experiences with love, it seems to me that Romeo has a bittersweet outlook on the true meaning of love. Though he does not fully understand what love is, he is definitely aware that love is madness. Romeo is expressing his thoughts and emotions to Benvolio while he is very sad to begin, but Benvolio finds a way to make him feel even sadder and more depressed. Love is something that can hurt and tear you physically and emotionally apart, and Romeo is experiencing that at this point in the play. In general, love can be pain, though Romeo is living through an extraordinary pain especially because this love is forbidden.

  5. caias1

    The character Romeo has described love as both, “A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” He has clearly experienced both versions of love, where he loves someone, but they do not love him back. Romeo does not seem to understand how love truly works, since he continually states how he loves someone who does not want him. He does understand how maddening love can be. The readers do not get much background from Romeo, since his part in the first act was him being upset about a failing love. It is the only thing revealed about him from his conversation with Benvolio, aside from the fact that Montague is his father. This does, however, show Romeo’s unlucky streak with love. First was the one-sided love, then there was the forbidden love that led to both his and Juliet’s deaths.

    1. christophert3

      I agree. The part we read only reveals to us how inexperienced he is when it comes to love, as well as how depressed he is that his love is only one way.

  6. marinas1

    In this scene, Shakespear does not go too far into detail about Romeo and his entire personality. However, the conversation he has with Benvolio is enough to satisfy the reader; it gives an insight into Romeo’s personality that we could not have received in any other way. In Romeo’s (quite literal) “heart-to-heart” with Benvolio, Romeo explains the sorrow he is feeling and why he is experiencing it. He explains that he loves a girl, and she does not love him back. He declares “‘She hath Dian’s wit, and, in strong proof of chastity well armed'”, here clearly offering to Diana, a Roman goddess, who opposed love and marriage. Romeo then goes on to say that he can love or seek any other “fair mistress” no one but her. When Benvolio tells Romeo to “‘examine other beauties'”, Romeo declines, and pronounces “‘Show me a mistress that is passing fair; what doth her beauty serve but as a note where I may read who passed that passing fair? Farewell. Thou canst not teach me to forget.'” From this, we already can tell that Romeo is a hopeless romantic. He believes that he can only love this one girl, and no one else. Now, although Romeo may sound foolish in his declaration of love, he is completely serious about it, unlike the Montague servingmen at the beginning of scene i, who talk quite vulgarly about the Capulet maidens. Romeo, however, is the complete opposite. During his conversation with Benvolio, he says “‘O, she is rich in beauty, only poor that, when she dies, with beauty dies her store.'”, obviously declaring his admiration for this fair maiden who he does indeed believe he truly loves. Although this admiration is incredibly sweet and lovely, this inability to declare his love to the one he loves is, at the same time, causing Romeo an abundant amount of pain and suffering. When Romeo says “‘Love is…Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall, and a preserving sweet.'”, we see how he envisions the passion he is feeling. From his viewpoint, love can be beautiful and endearing, drive someone insane, and also make someone depressed and all too gloomy. This clearly reflects Romeo’s current situation. He loves someone who does not love him back, and will never love him back. although Romeo is incredibly blissful when he sees her, he is also so melancholy as a result of not actually being able to reside by her side. This love he is feeling can not be expressed, and so he has to bottle it up, sitting in the passion he is feeling. As a result, he is so very sad, for he feels so strongly about this maiden, and yet can not show it or express it in any way. Additionally, this scene could also be foreshadowing the future, as “star-crossed lovers take their life”. There, pain and suffering are most certainly felt, for Romeo does end up taking his life in spite of love, which obviously explains his line “‘A madness most discreet, a chocking gall…'”.

    1. eshap

      I agree, the way you worded your blog clearly stated your point. It was interesting when you compared Romeo’s love to the behavior of the Montague servingmen. I hadn’t thought if that way. The loose behavior of the Montague servingmen shows that they have never experienced what love truly feels like, which is the state Romeo is in. Maybe they wouldn’t hsve acted that way if they knew the sorrows that love came with.

  7. willowm

    In Romeo’s speech, he appears to be exhausted by his love for the woman he cannot have. He says “She’ll not be hit with Cupid’s arrow. She hate Dian’s wit.” (lines 216-217) It is clear that he understands he doesn’t have a chance with her, yet he cannot get over her. Romeo tells Benvolio “Thou canst not teach me to forget.” (line 246) He compares the impossibility of him forgetting his love to a blind man forgetting what he’s lost: “He that is strucken bling cannot forget the precious treasure of his eyesight lost.” (lines 241-242) Romeo is depressed in a way that can only love can fix and yet love is what’s making him depressed. He expresses that love is bittersweet in the line “A madness most discreet, a chocking gall, and a preserving sweet.” (lines 200-201)

  8. charlottes

    Based on this conversation with Benvolio, we learn that Romeo is secretly in love, and that he has two different visions of love. He states “A choking gall and a preserving sweet.” which is his perception of love. It can be amazing and sweet or miserable. We also experience how Romeo doesn’t really know what love is all about yet. The reader knows this because he keeps saying he loves someone, but they don’t want him back. Also, as one reads this, it is discovered that Romeo is very sad and depressed, and the only thing that can help him is his special someone loves him back. Romeo does not reveal who the person he loves is, which lead me to believe it is Juliet. The reason she doesn’t want him is that she is a Capulet and he is a Montague. However, this is just an inference and I do not know for sure. Lastly, this shows how tragic Romeo’s love life has been. It started off with just him loving someone and them not loving him back, then it was a star crossed relationship and eventually, he killed himself for love.

  9. francescaa

    Based on Romeo’s conversation with Benvolio, the reader comes to the understanding that Romeo is depressed because the woman he has fallen in love with doesn’t love him back. From this experience, Romeo has learned that love is not as glorious as it is said to be. When he says “love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs,” the reader understands the nostalgic, sad feeling Romeo is experiencing. By being rejected, Romeo understands that no love is perfect, rather love comes out of a series of uphill struggles. Not only is Romeo depressed, but he thinks that this is the last stop of his “road of love.” He insists he will never be able find someone like this again, let a lone love them. Benvolio, being the optimistic person he is, tries to comfort Romeo and make him looks on the brighter side of things. However, Romeo is so in over his head with sadness he doesn’t even try to put the past behind him. Romeo’s behavior allows the reader to imply some things about the way he was raised as a child. Because he bottles all his emotions inside we can assume that Romeo didn’t have many friends. This is probably why Romeo took his “rejection” so hard. He thought that this woman was going to be his wife (and best friend), but soon realized she had different intentions. Although Shakespeare did not directly say what Romeo is like, we can use the text to come to conclusions about the type of character he is.

  10. avae1

    In this scene the readers learn that Romeo is tortured by an unreturned love. He seeks his cousin and friend, Benvolio for advice on how to cope with his distress. Romeo expresses his love for a maiden who does not feel the same way, and as a result, he shuts himself out in his bedroom. Romeo has most likely not felt this type of emotion before, and seems to be making new discoveries, one of which is that love can be irregular. “Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.”(lines 198-199) In his mind, love can take many forms, whether it be a sea of sorrow or smoke in one’s eyes, it changes and one can never predict its course. Romeo is young and naive regarding this subject, and is probably just trying to figure it out. He has a lack of experience and appears to close off his heartache from others, because he doesn’t understand it yet. So far the only person who has truly attempted to help him is Benvolio. Benvolio shows interest and care, and wants to bring Romeo out of his misery. However, Romeo denies that he could be assisted and continues to question his own feelings. The girl that he loves cannot be forgotten. Romeo concludes that love is bittersweet, and yet is still hopelessly confused by it.

    1. francescaa

      Yes, Romeo doesn’t fully understand the concept of love. He understands love isn’t perfect, but is still confused about certain aspects.

  11. alexo

    From these lines, we learn much about Romeo. First off, we learn of his thoughtful nature. He falls in love, and in turn thinks everything about it – what it is like, what it does to someone, how it feels. And we also find his overreactive nature – he falls in love and then falls into a deep sadness over it, due to her chastity. The very quote you gave us shows how badly he takes his love’s denial, lamenting over it. On the surface of the text, it seems like Romeo has gone through a terrible tragedy, but in reality, he is suffering the side effects of love. However, as we know, unlike most broken hearts, Romeo never forgets about her and has an unfortunate ending.

  12. sofiad1

    In this speech, we learn a few things about Romeo. One thing is that he is one of the “star-crossed” lovers mentioned in the sonnet in the beginning. That part is made clear. but we also see that he is young and confused about love. He describes love as, “a smoke made from the fumes of sighs;” showing how he feels love is a treacherous and depressing journey. The “fumes of sighs” is supposed to symbolize how one sighs when they are sad or depressed. He is clearly aware of the hardships that come with love and is upset about it. The line, “Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears,” is supposed to show how one would cry when they can never be with the person they are in love with. Vexed, a word which here means frustrated is supposed to show how this entire situation troubles him (anyone who read/watched A Series Of Unfortunate Events knows that’s where I got “a word which here means” from.)

  13. Rebecca F

    This speech reveals aspects of Romeo’s character that were previously unknown. When I read his speech, I realized that Romeo has knowledge beyond his years. He realizes that love is not simple; it is a complex emotion. Romeo understands that love is trying and difficult. He tells Benvolio that, “Love is a smoke made with the fumes of sighs;” (p 24).
    However, while his knowledge belies his years, his flair for the dramatic does not. His unrequited love drives him to misery and depression. He creates an “artificial night” in his room, and broods at all hours of the day. His parents worry for him and even send Benvolio to check on him. Benvolio attempts to cure his ails, advising him to forget the maiden he pines after. Yet Romeo continues to mope about, mourning the girl that will never be his.

  14. briannag3

    In Romeos speech he voices that he is in love with someone that doesn’t feel the same for him. He’s depressed and talks about love, and how it isn’t as great as everyone makes it out to be. When his father was talking to Benvolio he said that Romeo “creates an artificial night” when he locks himself in his room. It is also revealed that no one knows what’s wrong with Romeo, his father asked around and no one could come up with an answer. Romeo talks to Benvolio, his cousin and friend, and reveals to him his troubles. Benvolio advises that Romeo look for someone else or some other beautiful woman, but Romeo can’t. He says that he can’t stop loving her even if he tried.

  15. alekhya

    Based on his conversation with Benvolio, a reader can deduce that Romeo has his own understanding of the word love; what one feels when they are in love. Romeo, at that moment, was in a state of turmoil, facing the ache of unrequited love, when he shares with Benvolio his opinion of love and what it has done to him. “What is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall, and a preserving sweet.”(200-201) Here Romeo declares that while can love be something sweet and tender that makes time fly, it can also be a force that has the power to drive people into depression and poison their peace of mind. He says to Benvolio that he is no longer himself and that the old Romeo was left far behind when his love was rejected. “Tut, I have lost myself. I am not here. This is not Romeo. He’s some other where.” (205-206) From this the reader can see in Romeo a fiery passion. The way in which he speaks of his love tells us that when he loves something he is true and faithful. He says to Benvolio that he will never love another maiden the same way he loves this beautiful youth. This also provides some irony as we now that Romeo does indeed fall in love with another woman and that he may not be as into this young woman as he claims.

  16. christophert3

    After finishing the rest of scene 1 in Romeo and Juliet, we learn about the personality of Romeo. Romeo is depressed because he has found out that the one he loves, presumably Juliet, is chaste and won’t allow him to become her lover. But he cannot get over his love as a result of how much he admires her. And so, he has been depressed for a some time now. As the readers, we also understand that Romeo thinks of love as great but also as, I guess best described as, dangerous? It can lead to pain, but once truly found brings joy beyond compare, and Romeo believes he is now feeing the pain of love, not being able to love and be loved by the fair lady that had caught his eye. This is what we, as the readers, learn from the ending of scene 1.

  17. laurena2

    In this part of the scene of Romeo and Juliet, we learn more about Romeo’s personality. In his conversation with Benvolio, Romeo reveals the truth that he is in love. However, he is very well aware that love is complicated. In this part of the scene, Romeo is depressed that his love is not working out. He loves a girl that does not love him back. Romeo is just beginning to figure out that love is madness, and sometimes love just doesn’t work out. When Romeo compares love to “a smoke made with fumes of sighs” he is explaining how this forbidden love is choking him. With Montague as his father, Romeo will never be allowed with Juliet.

  18. cameronl3

    After concluding the rest of scene ii, we meet Romeo, who is in a way, saddened, by the fact that he is in love, but with someone that does not feel the same way about him. He comprehends that love is a very complicated emotion, as it does not always work the way you want it to, as shown here. Instead of fixing the situation in a way to help Romeo, Bonvolio just tells him to find other beauties, for there are many elsewhere in the world. But Romeo declines, as he states that not a single one is more beautiful than the woman he speaks of, and his love for her is endless. Romeo assures Bonvolio that he has no chance of ending the love he has for the woman, but Bonvolio certainly disagrees. As the two exit, we are left to wonder, what will come in the near-future with the two, and whether or not this will ever come to be, or if Romeo will be forced to move on.

  19. George

    In this part of the book we see Romeo at a very low spot. we see that he is trying to get over a breakup. We can also see Benvollio acting not just as a cousin but as a friend. Probably one of Romeo closest because of how he was trying to help Romeo. However back to Romeo for most of the reading he talks about how love is not perfect but it is good while it lasts. We also see him pull a ” i though she was the one” excuses. this can be seen when he says “That will only make me think more about how beautiful she is. Beautiful women like to wear black masks over their faces—those black masks only make us think about how beautiful they are underneath. A man who goes blind can’t forget the precious eyesight he lost. Show me a really beautiful girl. Her beauty is like a note telling me where I can see someone even more beautiful.” this shows that Romeo really loved that girl but she didn’t love him the same way.

    1. margauxc

      Romeo was not “trying to get over a breakup”. In fact, one of Romeo’s greatest sorrows which he expressed in this scene was that he never had a chance with Rosaline (who you referred to as “that girl”). Lines 219-222 emphasize Rosaline’s lack of interest in Romeo’s pursuits. So, seeing as Rosaline never reciprocated Romeo’s love, she acted cold and distant to Romeo’s advances. Therefore, technically speaking, when you claim that Romeo was “trying to get over a breakup,” you’re lacking a thorough analysis of the basis of Romeo and Benvolio’s interaction, seeing as you missed the significant detail that Romeo was never with Rosaline to being with.

  20. ivanl

    In these lines, the reader learns more about Romeo and his idea of what love is. He describes love in different ways, usually contradicting himself. Romeo understands that love itself is hard to get, and yet, the girl he loves does not share the same feelings that he does upon her. This causes Romeo to become depressed. He explains to Benvolio there is no one out there as beautiful as this girl. Aside from the girl not liking her back, they come from rival families, with histories of fights dating a long way back. I feel that Romeo’s unending love will be a way to advance to plot further, and perhaps have Romeo do things he might not have done before, being love is a crazy emotion.

  21. margauxc

    Romeo’s brief conversation with Benvolio at the conclusion of scene one depicts Romeo’s dreary stance on life after discovering his love to be unrequited. When Romeo laments about the vow of chastity taken by Rosaline, he conveys a sense of worship towards the ideals of love, yet expresses distrust in the concept of love at the same time. His use of oxymorons expresses an air of passion- which emphasizes the quality of Romeo’s tendency to be a starry-eyed dreamer. When prompted by Benvolio to forget Rosaline’s beauty, Romeo deems the act impossible- which establishes Romeo’s initial hesitance towards love. ( Later on, Romeo’s initial hesitance dissipates as soon as he lays his eyes upon Juliet- which stresses the fact that Romeo’s love for Juliet is beyond his infatuation with Rosaline). Overall, through Benvolio’s interaction with Romeo, one can conclude that Romeo is as passionate as he is foolish.

    1. maddy

      I disagree that Romeo conveyed himself to be hesitant toward love when he confessed that he did not believe he was capable of abandoning his love for Rosaline. Rather, this belief of his depicts that he was hesitant of abandoning his infatuation due to how fair he deemed Rosaline to be. It can be concluded that it is not love that Romeo is hesitant of, but rather experiencing the depth that he lacks within his values. It is probable that Romeo loves Rosaline merely for her looks, which is rather shallow and objectifying of him. Romeo also appeared fairly certain of disregarding his love for Rosaline to be an unfeasible task, which further contradicts him being hesitant of something that he is so certain of. Additionally, it is not thoroughly specified how you view Romeo to be hesitant toward love, which ultimately comprises a puzzling and inadequately-written statement.

  22. maddy

    The remainder of Act One introduces Romeo’s disposition throughout the duration of his conversation with Benvolio. It is revealed that Romeo is in a crestfallen state due to the subject of his love not returning the sentiments he has for her. This can be extracted when Romeo states that the woman he talks of “‘…hath forsworn to love…’”, meaning that she is to practice celibacy. Prior to the conversation, Montague discloses of his son, “‘…Away from light steals home my heavy son/And private in his chamber pens himself,/Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out,…’” One can conclude from this excerpt that the cause inducing Romeo to act in such a manner has consequently impacted him significantly. As previously incorporated, Benvolio discovered that Romeo has been behaving disconsolately due to his unrequited love for a woman who has vowed to remain celibate. It is probable that Romeo must love this woman to a great extent in order for him to be emotionally impacted so. Romeo wallows away in his bedroom, avoids interacting with others, and ponders the vast complications of experiencing love as a result of these unreturned sentiments of his. This is probable to cause one to view Romeo as melodramatic. As Benvolio suggested, Romeo is capable of “examining other beauties”. Romeo declines this suggestion, disputing that he regards his beloved subject to have beauty too exquisite to not be fixated by. One may additionally question where Romeo’s values of a woman lie. It is questionable whether he merely cares for how fair the woman he loves is rather than who she is, which would make Romeo a shallow man.

  23. Tyler Newby

    Romeo’s “star-crossed” love is causing him a large amount of pain. He described love as “A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” Romeo had told Benvolio that he was depressed before he gave this speech and continues to explain how painful his love is. Romeo loves Juliet with all his heart but their love is forbidden, causing him to describe love as “a smoke made with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.” Romeo’s depression perhaps could prove to be dangerous and could lead to his death that was described in the prologue.

  24. eshap

    In the scene where Benvolio approached Romeo to discuss his sorrow, the two have opposite perspectives of day. Benvolio makes his presence known by greeting Romeo, “Good morrow, cousin.” (line 163) His cousin’s response is a reflection of his gloomy mood, “Is the day so long?…Ay, me, sad hours seem long.” (lines 164 and 166) From this, Shakespeare immediately gives the idea that Romeo is a sorrowful, mournful young man who is clearly distressed upon his finding of an impossible love. He loves a beautiful maiden, however, she does not love him in return. “She hath Dian’s wit, And, in strong proof of chastity well armed…” (lines 217-218) The fair maiden who does not love Romeo intends to remain that way, as the reference is made to the goddess Diana, who opposed love and marriage. Romeo goes on to say that the maiden he loves is so beautiful that all other maidens will be compared to her for beauty. “Show me a mistress that is passing fair; What doth her beauty serve but as a note, Where I may read who passed that passing fair?” (lines 243-245) There is no other maiden that can compare to her beauty, they all surpass others, but cannot surpass the beauty of the one he loves. Romeo goes to say to Benvolio how love is not always the most wonderful thing a human can experience. That it is also filled with grief and sorrow, as we know Romeo experiences. “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs…” (line 197) Here, the troubles that come with love build up into something bigger or “smoke”. That smoke then spreads, bringing more and more pain. For Romeo, he is utterly confused and gloomy in his love. He wants to be with her, but she doesn’t love him. Furthermore, Romeo brings the idea that love is disguised as madness, for one who doesn’t achieve it goes mad from waiting. “What else is it? A madness most discreet.” (line 200) In Romeo’s case, he is driven to constant sorrow and madness for the fact that his maiden doesn’t and will never love him. Again, the reader learns from this statement how much Romeo’s impossible love has affected him. Romeo appears to be in clear distress, yet he doesn’t leave the maiden or tell anyone. Why does he isolate himself? Either Romeo wants to ignore it, hoping that his maiden will love him back, or he doesn’t think anyone will understand. Both of these seem to be true, for Romeo has continued to stay with his maiden even though she doesn’t love him. He clings to the hope that her feelings will one day change. At the same time, should he tell his father, he might not understand it the same way. However, Benvolio proves Romeo wrong at this statement. He feels sympathy for Romeo, as if he also knows the struggle of finding love. He doesn’t laugh at Romeo’s sorrow, instead, he talks with Romeo to help him figure it out. Therefore, from Romeo’s conversation, the reader can learn that Romeo has found an impossible love, leading to his misery and sorrow.

  25. adam

    In this speech, we learn much about a new character, Romeo. We learn he is emotionally ruined as he has been the lover of one who does not love him back as he wished she would. He was vexed and stressed beyond measure, when he discovered it is a one way relationship. I believe that this is the first time Romeo has spoken his feelings, which makes him feel slightly better. Yet, he still does not understand their relationship and coming from rival families doesn’t help the situation. Right off the bat, I can make a connection between Romeo and Estella. They both have similar situations in relationships and love, as they were both left when thought to be in true love. Based on these words, I am looking forwards to see how his relationships progress throughout the novel.

  26. Kat

    In act one, scene one we are introduced to many new characters. One major point that we see is the feud between the Capulet and Montague families. In the new section we read we meet Romeo for the first time. When we meet Romeo he is talking with Benvolio. Benvolio tries his best but Romeo is inconsolable. He is lamenting over an unrequited love. We do not yet know who Romeo is in “love” with, but I do not think that thus person is Juliet. I think that Shakespeare will wait to introduce love between these two characters. Since these two are famous lovers I do not think that right away they will both be in love with each other. To create tension on their love I think that Shakespeare will first create tension between them. In these lines we also get to see some pf the relationship between Romeo and Benvolio. We are able to see that Romeo and Benvolio are cousins but also seem to be friends as well. When Romeo is upset over a girl Benvolio tries to find out who and help him. I also noticed that we only meet a few minor characters from the Capulet family. We only see a few characters from the Capulet family unlike the Montague family where we meet many important characters. I think that Shakespeare does this purposefully so that we can see different perspectives. I also think that he did this so that we can meet the individual characters instead of seeing the two sides of the depute. Overall this scene is a well planned introduction to the play and lets us learn about some of the characters while also keeping mystery about others.

  27. faithw

    Based on his conversation with Benvolio, the reader learns many things about Romeo’s character. We learn that Romeo has supposedly fallen in love. Romeo worships this girl and describes her as a goddess. Benvolio seems agitated by Romeo’s mention of his love interest, informing the reader that Romeo has claimed to be desperately in love on numerous other occasions. His current crush, Rosaline, makes him feel depressed as she does not reciprocate his feelings of affection. Despite the fact that Rosaline causes Romeo emotional pain, he still loves and worships her because of her physical beauty. In my opinion, Romeo does not understand how love works as he continuously chases after the girls who do not return his love. Romeo is simply in love with the idea of love.


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