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To what extent has Juliet grown through the course of the play?

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To what extent has Juliet grown through the course of the play? Shakespeare's romantic tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" is a play of many interesting and complex themes. The main theme would have to be love. There are different types of love, for example the youthful and passionate love between Romeo and Juliet is different to that of the protective and maternal relationship between the Nurse and Juliet. Another theme in the play is fate and destiny. This can be found in the prologue and continues throughout the play. Tension and violence are present in the play portrayed as the "ancient grudge" existing between the Montague and Capulet households. Shakespeare's themes all link together to bring us the tragic and untimely death of the two "star-crossed" lovers, Romeo and Juliet. In the course of this essay I intend to explore the extent of Juliet's growth by studying the changing relationships she has with her parents, the Nurse and Romeo. I also intend to discover her growth in terms of her sexual awareness and personal identity. At the beginning of the play Juliet appears childlike, obedient and respectful, she is not yet adult. This is shown even before Juliet has entered the play. ...read more.

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When the Nurse disagrees with her Juliet feels isolated from the adult world. We see her revert to childish behaviour being rude and sarcastic towards the Nurse. Juliet does not think that the Nurse has "comforted" her a lot, Juliet sees the Nurse as a "wicked fiend". Juliet's behaviour towards the Nurse is childish, this does not show much growth, but some is shown because Juliet has grown away from the Nurse towards Romeo, which is why Juliet is rude to her. Juliet's childish behaviour triggered by the Nurse's undermining remark about Romeo shows that her loyalties now lie with Romeo rather than the Nurse who raised her from birth. It is at the ball where Juliet meets with Romeo, it is also here where Juliet makes the transaction from obedient child to rebellious young lady. Although she yet does not know that Romeo is a Montague, Juliet is still disobeying her parents by speaking to another man. Not only is she speaking to Romeo but she is being playful with him. "Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows in this; For saints have hands that pilgrim's hands do touch. And palm to palm is holy plamers' kiss Juliet knows that Romeo wants to kiss her and she is torn between her parents wish and her own inquisitive nature. ...read more.

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She has grown away from her parents, family and the nurse but towards Romeo. She has learnt some new characteristics which have developed her growth; she is disobedient, disrespectful but she is playful and in love. At the beginning of the play Juliet was very obedient towards her parents and childlike but towards the end she has completely transformed. The factors which have made Juliet transform are her parents and Romeo. Her parents made her transform because they treated her as a child, they did not see that Juliet needed to grow. However, probably the biggest factor which made Juliet change was Romeo. It was he who made her into a woman, both physically and emotionally. He made her a bride when she was a child. It was his love for her which made her want to give up her identity and heritage. It was Romeo which made Juliet mature. Juliet has grown to a very large extent throughout the course of the play; she has made the transaction from child to woman, without her parents realising. Juliet's growth could have been furthered, but it was fate which stopped her, Juliet's life was written in the stars and her destiny was "death-marked". It is fate which has forced Juliet to grow to quickly; this is what makes her Shakespeare's ultimate tragic heroine, an innocent poised on the brink of adulthood. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ayla Hunter 0033 12849 ...read more.

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