Juliet's Growth Since the Start of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Juliet's Growth Since the Start of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet The play “Romeo and Juliet was written in approximately 1595, by William Shakespeare. It is set in Venice, Italy, in Venetian society women played little role in anything other than to be a wife to their husband and a mother. This is why many Venetian women married at such an early age. The play is about 2 families whom are separated by a long forgotten ancient feud. Throughout the play of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ we see Juliet emerging as a woman. There are many people that influence this growth. However there are also many people which inhibit and even try to prevent her from growing from a child into a woman. Romeo encourages Juliet to grow and develop into an independent woman whereas Juliet’s parents and Paris try to prevent Juliet from growing independently. Her parents try to govern Juliet’s life by making all of her decisions for her. Fate also plays a very important role in the ways that Juliet grows and emerges as a woman. In Act 1 Scene 2 Paris asks Capulet if he can marry his daughter Juliet. However, Capulet is rather reluctant to let Juliet marry at such an early age as “She hath not seen the change of fourteen years”. He thinks that because Juliet is only 14 years old she is too young for the responsibility of marriage. Capulet then tries to persuade Paris that Juliet is too young. Nevertheless, in response Paris says that, “Younger than she are happy mothers made.” This conversation tells us that Capulet is trying to delay the marriage between Juliet and Paris whereas Paris is trying to rush the marriage. Marriage for Paris is a simply utilit... ... middle of paper ... ...noble and a gentleman. Juliet then says to her parents, “Delay this marriage for a month, a week, Or if you do not, make the bridal bed In that dim monument where Tybalt lies”. She says that if you do not delay the marriage, to make the bridal in the tomb, because she will be dead. Juliet’s parents then abandon her by saying “Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee”. The only person Juliet still talks to in the adult world is her nurse but even that relationship comes to an abrupt end when she offers no sympathy to Juliet. This leaves Juliet totally alone, she had been shunned by her family as she refuses to marry the county Paris, and her husband has been banished. Throughout the play we have seen Juliet change enormously, she has changed from a naïve, gullible child to an independent married woman.

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