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What changes does love bring about in the characters of Romeo and Juliet?

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English Literature Coursework What changes does love bring about in the characters of Romeo and Juliet? This romantic play, Romeo and Juliet, is set in Verona. The Capulet's and Montague's are long standing enemies. Prince Escalus, Duke of Verona, who had absolute power over the inhabitants of Verona, following numerous civil disturbances as a result of the feud between the two houses has threatened death to whoever incites another riot. The two star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, meet at the Capulet Ball and it is love at first sight. Romeo caught a glimpse of Juliet dancing. They then talked for a while and fell in love. As their two families hate each other they cannot see each other until after dark. Juliet's family want her to marry a guy called Paris but she wants to marry Romeo. She says she will marry Paris but takes a potion without anyone else knowing that will make her look dead, i.e. ...read more.


This means love is depressing and that's life, don't feel bad for me. This shows that he is depressed. When Mercutio and Benvolio asked him to go to the Capulet Ball with him and his friends he didn't want to go. He would prefer to sit around and think about life. After they had convinced him to come to the ball he had said that he wouldn't talk to anyone or dance. He would sit and watch. As soon as he entered the hall he saw Juliet Capulet. He couldn't take his eyes off her. This instantly made him change. He was running around the hall looking for places to get a good view of her. You could tell that he had defiantly forgot about his love problems. Juliet Capulet is also only 14 years old. She doesn't act her age either. ...read more.


She is also loyal to Romeo and the nurse when she is talking to him for her. She also shows that she is determined and brave for wanting to marry a person from the family they have hated for years. She also shows a lot of bravery when she is willing to take the potion that the friar gives her; not knowing exactly what the potion will do and knowing that she will be placed in the Capulet Family Tomb with all the dead bodies, all for her love for Romeo. When Friar offers Juliet the potion she says "Give me, give me! O tell not of fear" she then says "Love give me strength, and strength shall help afford Farwell, dear father." This shows that she is brave and that love will pull her through the situation. It is clear they have changed after meeting each other. Romeo changes from being depressed and insincere to loyal, happy and a sincere. Juliet changes from being naive and obedient to determined, loyal, brave and disobedient. ...read more.

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