Juliet's Growth Throughout William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Juliet's Growth Throughout William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In Romeo and Juliet, there are many things that manipulate Juliet's path of growth, in terms of mentality. This would include things like:- The Nurse, Juliet's Parents, Romeo and Fate. One of the most important issues in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is that of choice. Do the characters have the ability to choose what they want to do, or are they simply destined to take part in death and destruction? There is more than enough evidence of both fate and fortune in the play, and the presence of both greatly affects the interpretation of the plot and the characters. Fate, as a dominating force is manifested from the very beginning of the play. Fate introduces the power of fortune in the opening prologue when we are told that Romeo and Juliet are: "star-crossed" (destined for bad luck) and "death-marked," and that their death will end their parents' feud. Fate and fortune are closely related in the play. Our first impressions of Romeo, is after the fight between Benvollio and Tybalt, we find that he is a very depressed young boy, "Adding clouds more clouds with his deep sighs" We can tell that he has fallen in love with someone else, "with tears augmenting the fresh mornings dew" From the way Benvollio and Lord Montague talk to each other Romeo is very anti-social and melancholic because he, "shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, and makes himself an artificial light" This tells us that Romeo likes to be alone in the dark because he is very sensitive, "and private in his chamber pens himself" After this in Act One Sc... ... middle of paper ... ...ality of Paris earlier in the play, and decides to wed Juliet and Paris, very soon. However, Juliet, argues that she does not want to marry Paris, her second real step to becoming a women. This is the first time she defies her parents, directly in front of them. However, angered by this, Juliets father, Lord Capulet does not take this lightly. After being forced to marry, Juliet takes a poison that will make her look and feel dead for 24 hours. This is the last scene to Romeo and Juliet where they are together. All that was predicted by fate has come true. Both die along side each other, as their parents' feud finally comes to an end. During the play, Juliet has grown a lot in mental terms. She had defied her parents many times, married Romeo, made drastic decisions on her own and died for what she believed in.
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