Love Moderately

Friar Lawrence is telling Romeo and Juliet that their love might be too intense. He is saying that their feelings might become different as their love ages. He says, “these violent delights have violent ends.” He is saying that after they get to know each other better and aren’t so consumed by their surface love they might see things they don’t like about the other person. He is telling them to love moderately in order to avoid this. I think that to love moderately is to not become consumed entirely by your love for another person or thing. When he is telling them to do this he is making it possible for them to be able to make wise decisions for their future. He might even be warning them for the future. This text uses deep foreshadowing and it’s easy to see what Shakespeare is trying to tell the audience.