- Based on what we have read so far, I believe that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is “puppy love” because they don’t yet know each other on a personal level, and are mostly just basing their love off of their first encounter together. Romeo spends most of his time with Juliet discussing her looks, as that is the main reason why he is in love with her. Juliet, although slower moving and more cautious, also fell in love with Romeo at first sight, showing that their love is based mostly on looks and not on an actual connection between them. We also see in Romeo’s first encounter with Juliet that looks are all that matter to him, as he goes into the party thinking that Rosaline, his original love, is the fairest woman he has ever seen, even going so far as to say “the all seeing sun ne’er saw her match since first the world begun” (l. 2. 92-93). After this, he goes into the party and sees Juliet, immediately forgetting Rosaline and saying that “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (l. 5. 52-53). This shows that Romeo will ditch whoever he loves if there is someone he considers prettier, meaning that his love is not true and deep, but shallow and temporary, like puppy love.
2. Kulich’s argument is effective and historically accurate because of the time when the play was written. Romeo and Juliet was written between 1591 and 1595, in England. At this time, there was no law dictating the age at which someone could be married, but generally in Europe at the time children would be married when they started showing signs of puberty, at age 12 in girls and age 14 in boys. At this time children would also start working and being treated as adults, and being both rewarded and punished as such. This shows that at the time, children were considered mature adults who were capable of handling adult matters such as marriage, proving Kulich’s point that Romeo and Juliet are both adults.