Romeo and Juliet is a brilliant play about a young boy and girl, whom fall deeply in love with each other. Romeo is from the house of Montague, while Juliet is from the house of Capulet. Both families have been feuding with each other for a long time; however, despite the families feuding, Romeo and Juliet marry each other in secrecy. This is an example of forbidden love. In Romeo and Juliet the two main characters rush into love and it didn’t end up the way they planned it to.
They see each other’s seen beauty and think they will live happily together, but things change throughout the story that take a turn for the worst. Romeo gets banished from Verona making their love for each other hard making them sneak around to manage it. Juliet pretends to kill herself so Romeo would come back but Romeo goes back thinking Juliet actually killed herself, so he decides he must kill himself. Juliet wakes up and sees her love dead and decides if she cannot live with Romeo she will not live at all, and kills herself also.
The first time Romeo sees Juliet he says, “Did my heart love till? / Forswear it sight! / For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (1. 5). Romeo without hesitating decides that he is in love with Juliet now even though he has not spoken to her at all. Which brings us into unrequited love and the ‘one sided’ love between Romeo and Rosaline. You are never positive if someone really loves you or not. All you know is that you truly love them. That is what makes unrequited love difficult for people.
In Romeo and Juliet, unrequited love is present whether it was apparent or implied, we don’t know. When we are introduced to the character Romeo, he is infatuated by Rosaline which he thought was love at first sight, but she happens to not be in love with him and plans to become a nun. Romeo is in love with Rosaline while Paris falls in love with Juliet which are the most obvious examples in Romeo and Juliet. Romeo’s apparent “love” for Juliet is no different than his love for Rosaline because Romeo is in love with the idea of being in love.
Although, I do believe there is an unrequited love between Juliet and her parents. In Romeo and Juliet, love and hate are just two emotions on the same side. Both emotions are intense emotions that as Benvolio says, get the “mad blood stirring” (3. 1. 4). When the hatred is going on between the Montagues and Capulets, it finally pushes Romeo and Juliet to their tragic deaths but which their parents thought they were doing right for their children. But if they’re just two emotions on the same side, then can this kind of passionate love even exist without hate?