Based on our readings so far, I agree that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is one of ‘infatuated children’ engaging in ‘puppy love’. Romeo and Juliet have not known each other for long enough for their relationship to be considered ‘serious’. Before he meets Juliet, Romeo is infatuated with Rosaline. Romeo loves Rosaline so much that when she doesn’t love him back, he “is not Romeo; he’s some other where” (1.1.195). When Romeo is talking to Juliet on the balcony, Juliet is worried that the kinsmen will murder Romeo if they see him. Romeo doesn’t care because his “life were better ended by their hate, than death prorogued, wanting of [Juliet’s] love” (2.2.91). From these quotes we can see that Romeo has powerful feelings towards both Rosaline and Juliet, which suggests that he may have powerful feelings for other women in the future. These infatuations are the reason that I agree that Romeo and Juliet are engaging in ‘puppy love’.
Kulich’s argument that Romeo and Juliet should not be viewed as children is ineffective because youth is a major part of the play. Juliet’s age is brought up a number of times because “she hath not seen the change of fourteen years,” and is still too young to be a mother, even in the 14th century (1.2.9). The brash and impulsive actions of Romeo and Juliet also suggest that they are children, whether or not they are allowed to marry. Even the older adults act like children through the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets. Youth and childish behaviours are consistently brought up in the play, and not viewing Romeo and Juliet as children is ignoring one of the main motifs of the play.