The Friar's Infatuation Between Romeo And Juliet

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The Friar detects pure infatuation between Romeo and Juliet as exposed in his commentary to them. The Friar acknowledges Romeo’s quick shifting his infatuation from Rosaline over to Juliet by pointing out, “So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies / Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” (A2, S3, L73-74). The Friar states that Romeo is not in love at all, but rather developed an admiration determined by appearance. Along with comforting Romeo for the punishment he received, the Friar adds, “This is dear mercy, and thou seest it not.” (A3, S3, L31). Due to being blinded by infatuation, Romeo is obviously unmindful of the light punishment he will undergo. Juliet’s threatening to kill herself and the horrendous alternatives she
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