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How does Shakespeare show Juliet's maturity.

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How does Shakespeare show Juliet's maturity In Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', Juliet matures very rapidly. In the start of the play Juliet is introduced as a young, innocent girl, but ends up as a woman in love with an opinion of her own, and is emotionally mature. Juliet goes through several stages of being a child, being in love, becoming a wife, being deceived and being a widow in a short space of time. In the beginning Juliet is shown to be an innocent and na�ve, almost a child, 'she is not yet fourteen' years of age. She is open-minded and joins in when she is being teased. She is also willing to listen and respect the advice of her parents and nurse; 'I'll look to like, if looking liking move'. This shows that Juliet at this point is obedient and is not emotionally aware and doesn't know what real love is yet. Another quotation that shows her obedience is 'Madam, I am here, what is your will?' Also we can see that Lord Capulet, although Juliet's father and considered her owner, values her opinion and thinks highly of her. ' She is the hopeful lady of my earth.' We can see that that there is an innocence about her character and that the thought of marriage does not impress her. ...read more.

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She is a young woman saying; this is want I want. During the balcony scene Juliet says: ' O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father or refuse thy name Or if thy wilt not, be but sworn my love And I'll no longer be a Capulet!' This scene gives the effect that the couple are so in love that Juliet can take a mature approach to Romeo being a Montague. She strongly believes that Romeo is not her enemy, 'Montague' is. 'Tis but a name that is my enemy.' This shows that she loves Romeo more than she respects her parents and says that she will rid of her family name if it allows her to be with Romeo. She practically questions Romeo and tests him by proposing marriage. Juliet is starting to be more independent and questions her parents' ideas and disobeys them. There appears to be passion and energy in Juliet's speech when she is communicating with Romeo. Her language becomes very bold and she talks more to him. She is prepared to take responsibility and so proposes marriage to him. 'If that thy bent of love be honourable. Thy propose marriage, send me word tomorrow.' This shows a decisive and self-motivated side of Juliet and we can see that she has already changed from the shy and polite Juliet that we were first introduced to. ...read more.

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She shows maturity by putting their needs before hers. After Juliet has arranged her 'death' with Friar Lawrence, she is an emotionally awoken woman who will do anything to be with the one she loves. 'And I will do it without fear or doubt, to live an unstained wife to my sweet love'. Juliet faces her fears and trusts in God and Friar Lawrence. She is forced to use trickery in order to stay true to dear Romeo. This showed remarkable courage. Before she takes the potion she uses a soliloquy that confronts all her fears. She speaks in blank verse showing the seriousness of the situation. When Juliet awakes to see a lifeless Romeo lying beside her, Juliet's maturity and loyalty takes over and she takes the decision to choose eternity over the present. The quotation ' Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger! This is my sheath; there rust, and let me die.' Shows the quickness and determination of Juliet's death. During the period of a few days Juliet matures into a committed and reliable woman and wife, capable of taking decisions without the help of others. Shakespeare shows this by clearly stating the different stages that happen and by making everything occur in a short period of time. He also uses different language throughout the play, such as blank verse, sonnets and soliloquies and different sentence structures to show different emotions. 1 ...read more.

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