Based on our reading so far, I agree that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is one of “‘infatuated children’ engaging in ‘puppy love’” because within a span of about twelve hours Romeo and Juliet have met, kissed once, spoke for a total of maybe half an hour at most, and have decided to get married. In the time that the play was set, there would be no romances like this at all, most of the time the woman would have an arranged marriage with someone their family chose, and they would have to end up loving each other. Now a days if one got into a relationship, they would be in that relationship for several years before getting married. A recent survey polled 4,000 recently married couples, on average, the couples had been in relationships for 4.9 years before tying the knot. That’s almost five years of getting to know someone to make sure they are the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. Romeo and Juliet barely know each other and are basing their “love” off appearances and the few exchanges of romantic words. This is seen through the first things Romeo says “It is the east, and Juliet is the sun! / Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,” about Juliet when he sees her on the balcony (2.2.3-4). He is describing her beauty, and just seeing her beauty makes him say “It is my lady, O, it is my love!” even though they barely know each other (2.2.10). The odd thing about this is that after he calls her his love, he expects her not to love him back by saying “O, that she knew she were!” and he expects her not to know he loves her (2.2.11). I think this shows how Romeo himself subconsciously knows his relationship with Juliet should be nothing more than a fantasy, but he still wants it to be real.

Kulich makes some very valid points, but he is basing his statements around work and responsibilities, not love. If anyone at any age decided to get married to someone, they met less than 24 hours before, then they too would be called childish. It is true that in 1595, with parent permission, a male could get married at the age of 14 and a female at the age of 12, but it was not recommended. Kulich has taken Romeo and Juliet being called “infatuated children” very literally and has taken it as them being called children because of their age. In reality though, it is their actions that are being called childish, not them themselves.

 

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Miller, Julie. “Life in Shakespearean Times – 1595.” Prezi.com. 21 Apr. 2014. 20 Feb. 2019 <https://prezi.com/a6wtkbf67vec/life-in-shakespearean-times-1595/>.