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Romeo and Rosaline Together In the Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet one main character Romeo is presented as a melancholy person during the first act of the play The source of Romeos melancholy may be caused by his love for Rosaline and her lack of love for him In the beginning of the play we learn that Romeo is pursuing the young lady Rosaline which he is in love with but who does not share that love out of her favor when I am in love11166 Romeo learns that the Capulets are throwing a great party in which Rosaline is attending Although it is dangerous for a Montague to appear in this assembly Romeo risks his life just to see his love Benvolio also persuades the young lord to go in the disguise of a mask go thither and with unattained eye1287 Benvolios plan is to show to Romeo that he need not worry about Rosalines love because at this same ancient feast of Capulets all the admired beauties of Verona1284-86 will be there and he will see the great diversity of women However Romeo disagrees and says one fairer than my love the all-seeing sun neer saw her match since first the world began1294-95 Romeo is one that looses his sleep for love He fled society to be alone thinking on Rosaline who did not even love him Romeo is a passionate lover and he becomes sad when his love is not content Rosalines lack of love for him is the reason he is melancholy in the first act Work Cited Shakespeare William Romeo and Juliet New York Penguin Books USA Inc 1988
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