Personally, I do not believe in “love at first sight”. I don’t think it is possible to be so deeply infatuated with someone with just a first glance of how they look, or just by seeing their outward appearance.
You can’t fall in love with someone you have only just met. If you believe that you are in love with someone ‘at first sight’ then it is doubtful that it is real love. I think that that first feeling of “love” that people have or think they feel is just strong infatuation. Romeo’s love at first sight moment is a perfect example of such; he very clearly mistakes real love for physical attraction.
However, it’s perfectly believable that Romeo thought he felt real love at first sight. We see that he mistakes love for physical attraction in Act1 Scene 5 when Romeo says “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night”. The literal translation of this is “ Have I ever felt love before? My eyes must have been lying for I have never seen someone more beautiful before tonight”. He thinks that he loves someone because of how beautiful he finds them, which is something that happens very regularly in real life too. Juliet, however, is different.
At first she judged who she thought Romeo was as a person on how handsome she finds him, when she really knew extremely little about him, as seen when she says “O serpent heart, hid with a flow’ring face! Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave? Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical!”, in Act 3 Scene 2. Here she sees that he might not actually be who he says he is, for he just killed a man, and not just anyone, but Juliet’s cousin.
She describes him as a ‘serpent’, and when you call someone a snake that basically would mean that you think they are very deceitful. Serpents were also known as symbols for evil and sin, and she says that he “hid with a flow’ring face”, meaning that she thinks he hid behind his beauty. However, when she makes the decision to keep trusting and honouring Romeo and defend her husband’s name, after convincing herself that it was all out of self-defence, that is when I think we actually see the infatuation from when they first met, turn into real love. I also, personally, don’t believe in love at first sight because you don’t actually know who that person truly is.
Any can pretend to be someone they aren’t to win over someone’s affection or just to be liked. That person can show their true colours one day and it might be someone completely different than who you “fell in love with” I honestly think that it is extremely scary that so many poeple believe that they have fallen in love, even while knowing extremely little about someone.