Thomas johnsonMs. GroatEnglish 914 December 2017Lovesick Romeo In William Shakespeare’s book Romeo and Juliet, the main character experiences the feeling of not being himself until he’s around someone he loves. The experience Romeo feels in the book is called being lovesick. Romeo experiences extreme warmth with his first lover, Rosaline and his second and last lover Juliet. Romeo displays lovesick by being static and interested in love throughout the book. When Romeo is introduced, he is interested in Rosaline because she plays hard to get and teases Romeo. In this scene, Romeo is acting very pathetic and spewing out speeches full of love and rhyming couplets. By doing this Romeo is making it very obvious that he’s practiced what he was going to say to show he cares for her. But, because people don’t go around just talking in rhyming couplets and love, Romeos long speeches have a rather pathetic endings. He puts together very fashionable, lengthy spiels full of poems about ‘loving hate’ with ‘heavy lightness’. Romeo shows his interest in love in chapter one scene four when he says “is love a tender thing? It is too rough,/ too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.”/ (page 64) Romeo shows his curiosity, questioning “is it too rough?” Romeo was questioning Benvolio and Mercutio about love, by saying that Romeo is Juliet’s flower. Shakespeare is presenting love in a way of nature as I saw early in Scene 1. We now understand that Shakespeare has made a clear answer to me. He shows that they are each other’s flowers. Shakespeare was deminstraighting loaded language by explaining “rose”. The understanding became clear to Romeo when he experienced his first love for Rosaline thinking “love is a smoke made with ferm of sighs.”/ act one scene one (page 40) Romeo is thinking to himself about Rosaline about how pretty she is and how he loves her. This is the first time we see Romeo react to a love interest. Romeo says, “Love is a smoke” this means that he is strongly in love with Rosaline, because she is hard to get away from. Romeo is giving us a metaphor by saying “Love is a smoke”. You begin to see Romeo’s view of the idea of love change dramatically in this scene as he stops thinking of love in a bad way as he was tormented by Rosaline. But begins to compare it to a religion, something which would have been very close to the hearts of Shakespeare’s original audience. Romeo expresses this in many places in the scene, most notable on line 96 when Romeo says “‘saints have hands that pilgrims hands do touch”. The closer and more involved Romeo gets with his lovesick roller coaster, The more romeo talked about Rosaline and how invested he was, “but come what sorrow can,/ it cannot equal the joy/ that one short minute in her sight gives me”/ act 2 scene 6 (page 94). Romeo is expressing to himself about how much he admires Rosaline. Ultimately at this time Romeo is obsessing over how beautiful Rosaline looks at Capulet’s extravagant party. Romeo feels “joy” by just looking at Rosalie. He is now showing juxtaposition by saying “joy” and sorrow” which is contrast and opposites.