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In William Shakespeares romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet the two main characters are madly infatuated with each other but they are not truly in love There are several differences between true love and infatuation First true love takes time to develop and cannot happen at first-sight People who are truly in love with each other have had time to learn everything about the other person and accept everything about him or her including all of the negative qualities When two people meet and instantly recognize that they are right for each other they only know the superficial qualities of the other Their behavior is directed at satisfying their raging hormones Romeo claims to be in love with Juliet from the moment he first sees her but his only focus is on her beauty a superficial quality He says Did my heart love till now Forswear it sight For I neer saw true beauty till this night I v 51-52 When Romeo gets close to Juliet he immediately tries to convince her to kiss him even though he does not even know her name Who else but an infatuated boy with raging hormones could come up with a pick-up line such as O then dear saint let lips do what hands do They pray grant thou lest faith turn to despair Then move not while my prayers effect I take Thus from my lips by thine my sin is purged I v 102-106 Later when Juliet learns that Romeo has killed Tybalt she admits that her first impressions of Romeo might be wrong but she continues refer to his good looks as proof of his positive qualities She says O serpent heart hid with a flowering face Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave Beautiful tyrant Fiend angelicalJust opposite to what thou justly seemst A damned saint an honorable villainWas ever book containing such vile matter So fairly bound O that deceit should dwell In
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