Shakespeare's Development of Juliet’s Character in Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare's Development of Juliet’s Character in Romeo and Juliet Introduction: Juliet is the heroine of the play and throughout the play we watch her mature from a naïve girl into a young woman. Include historical and social research. Other sources of information: Say how other writers and authors have interpreted the play. Remember to credit them. First scene with her mother: in this scene Juliet is a very submissive character, she sits back and lets the conversation happen around her but does not try to be involved. She only ever answers questions when asked and shows very little opinion. j The pace of this scene is slow and constant; no one enters to liven things up. j Juliet’s comments are also indirect; she rarely answers anything directly back. For example, when asks if she can love Paris she answers “I’ll look to like, if looking liking move; /But no more deep will I endart mine eye/ Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.” This means neither yes nor no. First scene with Romeo: In this scene Juliet shows that there is another side to her, a side that wants to have fun and wants to rebel. j In this scene, she can not completely keep up with the pace at all times and it is Romeo who sets the pace, again as like in the first scene with her mother Juliet is more of a submissive character. j Juliet talks in images, for example, “For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch, /And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.” j This scene is a short scene and becomes very intense because of the pace and the actual context of the conversation. Second scene with her mother: Juliet is more of an acti... ... middle of paper ... ...d pom’granate tree. / Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.” j Personification in this scene shows that she is a sophisticated young lady and knows these figure of speeches, she never used them before, she has progressed. E.g. “Jocund day/ Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops” Scene with Friar-Act 2 Scene 1: in this scene Juliet has to think through things very maturely and quickly. It is this scene that the audience really sees how Juliet has matured. j Juliet has considered her life and decides to take her life into her own hands. This is Juliet’s declaration of independence. She now feels adult and mature enough to be in complete control of her life. E.g. “Give me, give me! O tell not me of fear!” Juliet is saying that she doesn’t want to hear the downsides of the vial because it is her choice.
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