Is young love blind?
William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet contains many themes. Young love is one of them. But is Shakespeare trying to say that Romeo and Juliet are a wonderful couple that love each other so much that they kill themselves for each other? Or that what they had was anything but love and they were blind. That is what I will be discussing in this essay. I believe that it wasn't really love because at times I feel that they weren't thinking and done things without consideration and blindly.
One example of this is the fact that Romeo forgets about Rosaline after days of depression. This is taken away after setting his eyes on Juliet for the first time. Romeo says in Act 1 Scene 5, “Did my heart love till now?” The rhetorical question makes the reader confused because just a few scenes earlier he was talking about love and being depressed but now he feels as though he's never felt love before. This also makes the reader believe that Romeo might not be trustworthy and is blind to love. However, this could also mean that Romeo loves Juliet to such an extent that he's never felt the same way before about anybody and that their love bond is really strong.
Soon after this, Romeo and Juliet want to get married 2 days after seeing each other. This is really abnormal and strange because 1) They don't even know each other 2) They are from 2 rival families 3) They are 5 year age difference 4) It has already been arranged for her to marry Paris. This shows that the love between young people is blind and they are not considering what they are doing and the consequences that may follow. Also it all in a rush as 2 days ago he was depressed over Rosaline and then meets her cousin and falls in love and wants to get married to her.
During their relationship, there were many deaths like, Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, Romeo and Juliet. If they never met, would all of this have happened? Mercutio died because Romeo didn't want to fight Tybalt as they were now family and Tybalt died because he killed Mercutio. Thereafter, Romeo kills Paris because he wanted to see Juliet. Finally, Romeo killed himself because Juliet was dead. The love of the pair kills all of these people.
The love between the older generation compared to the younger in the play differs. The older generation do not really display their love as they are more serious and more pragmatic. One example is Friar Lawrence. He believes that young love is blind as he begins debating with Romeo after he wants to marry Juliet by saying, “Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear, so soon forsaken? Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts but in their eyes.” Friar Lawrence is implying that Romeo is blind and he doesn't not love her but it is just lust; he only finds her appearance good as it was also just love at first sight. However, the nurse is on the complete opposite side and an optimist. I feel like this is because she lost her daughter and her heart is broken so she won't really know how to love properly again.
In conclusion, young love is different to others but it may not be blind. The love of the Romeo and Juliet is really passionate but at times, it is blind because Romeo doesn't really know what loves is as he was depressed for 2 days and married straight after. Juliet is also blind to love as she is only a young child and hasn't experienced other things