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'In the character of Juliet, Shakespeare has created a girl who is assertive and rebellious.' Explore this idea with close reference to the text.

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Romeo and Juliet 'In the character of Juliet, Shakespeare has created a girl who is assertive and rebellious.' Explore this idea with close reference to the text. William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in 1595. Queen Elizabeth was on the throne at this time. During Elizabethan times young women were expected to get married at the age of about 12-14, which today would be illegal in England. Women had very few rights, they weren't even allowed to act. When the play Romeo and Juliet was first performed the character of Juliet was played by a man. Romeo and Juliet is about two families The Monagues and The Capulets, who are enemies. Juliet's parents (Capulets) have a party and Romeo and his friends (Montagues) gatecrash it. This is where Romeo and Juliet meet and it's love at first sight. The Capulets have arranged for Juliet to be married to Paris, but Juliet is madly in love with Romeo. Romeo gets into trouble because he kills Juliet's cousin so he is sentenced to banishment. ...read more.

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She is also showing her intelligence and demonstrating that she's not naive and not easy going. Romeo tries to kiss Juliet and she pushes him away so he declares, "Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?" [act 1, scene 5] Juliet cleverly replies, "Ay pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer." [Act 1, scene 5] Persistently, Romeo still tries to persuade Juliet to kiss him. Juliet is not worried about going against her parents' wishes because she feels Romeo is the one. I think she knows this by the kiss and her response to it "you kiss by the book " [act 1, scene 5] She is saying that his kiss was perfect, that she really enjoyed it and that she wants to kiss him again. Later that night, after the party, Romeo sneaks into the orchard to see Juliet and they talk. Juliet as aim shows that she is assertive with Romeo. "If thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow". ...read more.

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Perhaps the strongest evidence that Juliet can be quite assertive is when she appeals to Friar Lawrence. She persuades the Friar to lie for her and conspire with her in order help her run away with Romeo. She does this by threatening to kill herself. The play tells the audience a lot about Juliet, it portrays her as powerful, assertive, rebellious, intelligent, loving and very determined to get what she wants. The play also shows that she could a bit rash at times and did not think before rushing into things so quickly. Alternatively, she should have thought things through properly, because she was very bright and could have designed a much better plan to get what she wanted. In conclusion, I think Juliet should have been more assertive and rebellious because then maybe Romeo would not have been sentenced to banishment. She had enough power to sort out the squabble between the Capulet's and Montague's. She should have been more patient instead of rushing into love so quickly, which after a short time ends with death. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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