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Juliet Character Study Cheryl Williams 10t. When we first hear of Juliet, it is Paris trying to get her father's consent for them to marry. Her father is trying to stall Paris, he tells Paris 'My child is yet a stranger to the world'. Capulet is referring to Juliet as though she very young and too innocent for marriage. Capulet also says "But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart, My will to her consent is but a part; And she agreed, within her scope of choice". He could marry her off to Paris without any thought for her feelings like many men of the era did to their daughters but he isn't, he's being sensitive to Juliet's emotions. The way Capulet talks about Juliet suggests that she's 'daddy's little girl.' When we first meet Juliet she is talking to her mother. Her first line tells us a lot about her relationship with her mother. ...read more.


In this part we see a different side to Juliet, she reveals a side that isn't so innocent. Juliet is a romantic; we find this out in act 2 scene 2 when she finds out Romeo is a Montague. She utters the immortal line 'O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?' she can't believe the man she has fallen in love with is her family's sworn enemy. We can also see from this scene that she is quite forward and very sure of herself. She is the one who says they should reveal their true feelings - 'O gentle Romeo, If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully'. They have also begun to discuss marriage: "If thy bent love be honourable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, By one that I'll procure to come to thee Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite". We see a change in Juliet, in act 3 scene 5 she lies to her mother- "Lady Capulet: Why how now Juliet Juliet: Madam I am not well." ...read more.


At the start we saw a timid, innocent girl, who appeared to have little time for Love or Marriage. By the end she was a flirtatious, driven young woman who was married and prepared to die with a man whom she had fallen in love with. I think Shakespeare created the character of Juliet to try and show people of the time that love was not a thing that should be feared. I think he also wanted to change the audience's opinion of Juliet. A the start of the play she came across as spoilt because of the way Lord Capulet spoke about her. Slowly through the play it became more evident that she was in fact a victim of her father's molly coddling. The way this is put to the audience makes them feel sorry for her and change sides. They are shocked at the way Capulet turns on Juliet, which reinforces their new opinion that she is a victim. ...read more.

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