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Love and lust in shakespeare s romeo and juliet

Love and Lust in Shakespeare’sRomeo and Juliet

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Ms. Chapman

Coronado High School


  • Shakespeare uses the theme of “Love verses Lust” in Romeo and Juliet to teach his audience about how young lovers often fall in love too quickly. Although Romeo is first infatuated with Rosaline, he soon is smitten by Juliet.


  • Passage #1:

  • Shakespeare explains how Rosaline refuses to sleep with Romeo. He writes, “Well, in that hit you miss: [Rosaline will] not be hit/With Cupid's arrow; she hath Dian's wit;And, in strong proof of chastity well arm'd,From love's weak childish bow she lives unharm'd” (I.i.199-202)

  • Here are some modern representations of Cupid. Note that Shakespeare seems to suggest that being hit by Cupid’s arrow was like receiving a wound.


  • Romeo says that Rosaline will not be hit by Cupid’s arrow.

  • Her “chastity” is well guarded. (In Greek mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hearth and known for her chastity.)


  • Passage #2:

  • When Romeo tells him that he has fallen in love with Juliet, Friar Lawrence says: “… love moderately; long love doth so; too swift arrives as tardy as too slow (II.6.14-16)

What does the expression on Friar Lawrence’s face suggest? If you were the artist, how would you depict the lovers and their “accomplice”?


  • Passage #3

  • Shakespeare writes that Romeo felt there was no comparison to his love: “One fairer than my love! the all-seeing sunNe'er saw her match since first the world begun” (I.ii.93-94).

  • Romeo quickly says that none were better looking than Rosaline.

  • How is the audience supposed to react when he says almost the same thing about Juliet.


  • Shakespeare uses the characterization of Romeo to show that Romeo really thinks with his “eyes” rather than his head and heart.

    • What others say of him…

    • What he says…

    • His actions…

  • The quickly-won love may be a lesson for his readers about lust.

  • The “exaggerated” progression of events dramatizes the experience of love for these teenagers.

Call me but love
Call me but love…”

Romeo and Juliet have barely spoken a hundred words when they start planning a future together.

Love and lust in shakespeare s romeo and juliet

Big question s
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  • What are the dangers of falling in love too quickly?

  • What about falling in love too slowly?

  • What is the difference between love and lust?

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