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In the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet mutual love and loyalty are the main characteristics of Shakespeares ideal love He also portrays the thought of making sacrifices in order for the couple to be together even if it means forsaking things that are valuable to their existence including their lives Romeos desire for ideal love is the primary driving force behind most of his actions Since his love with Rosaline was not reciprocated it affected the way he treated Juliet because they shared mutual feelings for each other When he was banished from Verona he does not dwell on the fact that he has murdered somebody but his only concern was being apart from Juliet which demonstrates that love was his first priority In addition the impact of ideal love has matured Romeo as well as Juliet throughout the play Although the text does not suggest that Paris is younger than Romeo prior to killing Paris Romeo refers to him as youth Good gentle youth tempt not a desprate man5359 Conversely he calls himself a man as if the days with Juliet have put him through the emotions one would experience in an entire lifetime The individuals possessed by ideal love are not the only ones who are affected by it In Romeo and Juliet Friar Lawrences first reaction to Romeos drastic change was shock Holy Saint Francis what a change is hereYoung mens love then liesNot truly in their hearts but in their eyes2369 71-72 The Friar accuses Romeo of infatuation and is stunned to hear this sudden shift from Rosaline to Juliet The Friar hesitates to help Romeo marry her Ultimately he still makes the attempt to seal their love despite the turmoil between the families However the Friar warns Romeo that These violent delights have violent ends 269 and tells him to love moderately2614 Clearly the Friar wants Romeo to slow down and think of the potential harm he may do upon
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