Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is based solely on physical attraction and should not be considered love. In Romeo’s soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 2, Romeo says “Vestal livery is but sick and green […] cast it off” (87). This quote shows that Romeo does not have respect for Juliet’s virginity. Romeo feels infatuation towards Juliet, yet does not respect her. Later in the same scene, Juliet states “My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words of that tongue’s utterance” (89). Juliet recognizes her attraction to Romeo, yet she realizes that she doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know how Romeo will treat her, so she is hesitant to enter a relationship with him. At this stage in their relationship, Romeo and Juliet’s affection for one another is solely based on physical attraction.
Kulich’s argument that Romeo and Juliet should not be viewed as children is not historically accurate. In England, the first parliamentary marriage act was instituted in 1753 (The law of marriage). Before then, marriage law was governed by the Canon Law of the Church of England. There is no discussion of an age of consent or majority in the Canon Law (1604 Canon Law). There are no laws from the time considering people over fourteen years old as adults; therefore, Kulich’s claim has no basis in fact.