It’s Valentine’s Day – let’s give a little love to Rosaline…
Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?
Well, right now, I’m pretty much stalking you, Juliet.
But, about 5 hours ago, I was so in love with Rosaline that I wanted to die because she didn’t love me in return.
Is it any wonder that we are so quick to jump right over Rosaline in Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet?
Really, let’s just get to the good stuff, right?
Right before Romeo meets Juliet – and I mean RIGHT before – he’s so distraught over Rosaline that he says he has a soul of lead and “under love’s heavy burden do I sink”
And, his love for Rosaline is no secret. Benvolio, his parents, even the priest know that he is crazy about this girl – who, until he sees Juliet – is the most beautiful, fairest female in Romeo’s world, and he swears that he will never forget her.
What’s the problem with Rosaline?
Yep, chastity. Rosaline’s taken a vow of chastity. And, we find out from the friar (who I always have such hope for as the voice of reason, but then, that falls apart) that Rosaline knew the game with Romeo. She could see that he was in love with love, not in love with her. And, she doesn’t fall for it.
And, if you want a time frame for some perspective –
Romeo and Benvolio are talking in the morning about Romeo being miserable and wanting to die because of his love for Rosaline.
Along comes the messenger, Benvolio talks Romeo into going to the Capulet’s feast because… Rosaline will be there.
Before going into the feast that same evening, Romeo says he is crushed because Rosaline doesn’t love him in return.
he sees Juliet at the feast. You know what happens now.
The very NEXT MORNING, Romeo goes to see Friar Lawrence and asks the priest to marry him and Juliet.
24 hours ago he was in love with Rosaline. Now, he’s making plans to marry Juliet. Whoa Romeo…
The moral for this Valentine’s Day for me:
I’m going to eat some chocolate, read the Valentine’s Day cards that I get, and think that I would rather be Rosaline than Juliet any day!