William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet At the beginning of the play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is portrayed as a totally obedient girl, especially towards her parents. This is clearly depicted in her language. The pressures that she faces as a girl living in the sixteenth century are also very clear, such as her father. We do not see anything of him for a long time, indicating a poor father/daughter relationship, yet he appears to make all her decisions for her, and she always complies, one example being an arranged marriage. Juliet changes dramatically the night that she meets Romeo. One example of this being when she lies to her closest ally, Nurse, when she walks in on her talking her thoughts for Romeo. This is so significant as she has an excellent relationship with Nurse, who is effectively her mother. As the play continues, Juliet appears to spend more time alone, dedicated to her thoughts about Romeo and the situations she finds herself in, given in the form of soliloquys. She also starts to make use of oxymorons and irony, displaying a changing character. At the beginning of the play, the audience is shown Juliet's personality, as well as seeing how Juliet is raised and treated. Juliet is portrayed as a child who is extremely obedient and constantly behaves in an exemplary manner. She seems overly obedient and docile. This is largely due to the fact that she always does as she's told (as she is used to being told what to do) and she does not have a good relat... ... middle of paper ... ...The Prince seems to realize how sad and ironic the whole situation is and fittingly ends the play by stating; "For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and Romeo". During the course of the play, we see Juliet's character constantly developing. At the start, Juliet has been very much hidden away and kept in the dark about life and has grown up in very comfortable surroundings and is extremely obedient, especially towards her parents. However, a dramatic reform of her whole character occurs the night she meets Romeo, without knowing he was a Montague, her family's rival. Juliet lies and turns to deceit for her own means. She has also developed a far more intricate personality and character. Such changes have been illustrated by her use of language such as irony, oxymorons, soliloquys being a few examples.