Romeo and Juliet

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Doubting Romeo


After Romeo makes his presence known to Juliet, she warns him that he could be caught and murdered if discovered by the Capulet guards.

Romeo's response is that he would rather be killed than live without her love. Why might we doubt the sincerity of his claims?


We know from the beginning of the play that Romeo is afraid of violence and death.


Romeo has a track record of falling in and out of love very easily.


He has already told Benvolio that love is too painful and he wants to avoid it.


It has only been a few hours since he was in love with Rosaline.


Unlike Juliet, he cares too much about his parents to go against their wishes.