I believe that Romeo and Juliet have a childish relationship. The two see each other at a party and all of a sudden, they are ”A pair of star-crossed lovers”(1.p.6). The best love relationships are born out of friendships, of which Romeo and Juliet lacked. There is nothing fueling their love but a crush. Like what Fryer Lawrence states “these violent delights have violent ends / And in their triumph die, like fire and powder”(2.6.9-10). Their love burns too bright, too soon, and their love will easily burn out because they don’t know any better. However, their love is not childish because of their age. In the time of Shakespear, it was socially acceptable for young people to marry, even a 13-year-old like Juliet and a 17-year-old like Romeo. I believe they have an immature relationship because of the time it takes them to decide to marry each other. The span of a few days is not enough time for two complete strangers to fall in love and marry each other. As stated earlier, the best love relationships are born out of friendships. I believe that Romeo and Juliet should get to know each other first so they can fall in love with each other, not just the looks or the idea of each other. Romeo doesn’t know much about Juliet, only that she is “beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.”(1.5.45). This means that as they get married, and then get to know each other, Romeo might find out that he doesn’t actually love Juliet, or vice versa. When or if one of the lovers finds out that they don’t like the other, it will be very challenging to get a divorce, but if they realize they don’t love each other before they get married, then they would be able to break up with no harm done.
According to Today I Found Out, by the end of the 19th century, the average age when women were first getting married in the United States was between 22 and 24 years old, and this trend continued into the 1940s. This means that Jindra Kulich could potentially have misleading facts. Although, the source I found is to do with the United States, and not Europe. Although, as I stated before, the age of adulthood has drastically changed comparing the time of Shakespear and now. So, I have trouble understanding why the age of adulthood in Europe, in the 1940s, is relevant to the age in Shakspearean times. This fact doesn’t say that Romeo and Juliet aren’t childish, it just states that the age of adulthood in the 1940s was also the same as the time of Romeo and Juliet. Also, as I said before, the age of the two lovers is not what makes their love childish, it’s the amount of time it takes the two to fall in love.
Today I Found Out Source:
Smith, Melisa. “How Do They Decide the Age When You Become an Adult?” Today I Found Out, 10 Aug. 2016, www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2016/08/age-become-adult/.