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An Exploration of how Shakespeare shows the Development of Juliet, with specific reference to Act 1,

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An Exploration of how Shakespeare shows the Development of Juliet, with specific reference to Act 1, Scene 1, Act 2, Scene 2 and Act 4, scene 3. One of the most interesting things about this character is the way Shakespeare shows her development from a young, rather childlike girl to a mature and independent woman who takes full control of her life. Romeo and Juliet is a love story and it is the power of love that propels this change in Juliet. The first time you see Juliet is when her mother, Lady Capulet, wants to talk to her. This is the first time you see the relationship between mother and daughter is different to a normal mother and daughter relationship today. "Nurse, where is my daughter? Call her forth to me". This shows Lady Capulet doesn't want to get Juliet herself. This could be because Lady Capulet and Juliet rarely talk resulting in them feeling uncomfortable around each other. "Madam, I am here, what is your will". This is the response Juliet uses when talking to her mother. Using the word madam instead of mother shows the relationship is formal between mother and daughter. Also using the phrase "what is your will" shows Juliet is expecting her mother to give her a command as she is used to getting told what to do. ...read more.


Straight away Romeo shows his feelings to Juliet and puts his trust into her hands. Earlier in the play Juliet may have held back as she was shy and wouldn't go behind hind her family's back especially with a Montague. This shows Juliet has started to grow up and take responsibility for her own life and her actions. The next time you see Romeo and Juliet together is Act 2, Scene 2 where Romeo sneaks into the Capulet grounds to find Juliet on the balcony. "O Romeo O Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" This is one of the most famous lines in the play as this is where the relationship takes off. The first time you see Juliet stand up for herself is when her father tells her she is to marry Paris and this is the first time you see her take control of her life. Before she may have forgot about Romeo and be in bed by now but she is in her costume from the ball still wishing her love would return. "What's in a name?" Juliet expresses her feelings about the rivalry between the Montague's and the Capulets. Before this scene you see this rivalry which has made Juliet think like this. She believes if she and Romeo where to get married then the two families may come to blows as they both disagree with the marriage. ...read more.


This shows despite her making a big choice she doesn't want to die and leave her family and Romeo behind. "What if this mixture does not work at all" Here Juliet is thinking the drug she has been given may not work. If this happened then she would wake up and have to marry Paris. "I wake before the time that Romeo come to redeem me?" Here Juliet is thinking of the possibility of waking up before her love, Romeo, comes to pick her up. This means she would have to stay in the tomb where Tybalt lays or leave the tomb where her family would she her and realise what happened. These all show despite Juliet making big decisions in previous scenes she still is scared about making big decisions. She thinks like this because if any do happen then she would have to live life without Romeo. All of this shows Juliet is brave and runs the risk of all kind of problems occurring instead of marring Paris and giving up Romeo. Overall I believe Shakespeare has shown Juliet as an interesting character as she has different styles of relationships with different people. The change in character shows the different styles of relationships as she acts differently around different people. For example around her mother she acts like a grown woman who speaks very well but when with Romeo she acts rather childish and I believe she acts older than she is at times. Stephen Thornton ...read more.

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