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'As one of Shakespeare's most striking characters, Juliet changes and develops in a remarkable yet credible way throughout the tragedy' Discuss and analyse using set scenes.

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'As one of Shakespeare's most striking characters, Juliet changes and develops in a remarkable yet credible way throughout the tragedy'. Discuss and analyse using set scenes. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's earliest tragedies. The character in question, Juliet Capulet, is arguably the most intriguing character in the play. The daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet, one of the richest families in the setting of Verona, her life should have been one of comfort and pleasure, but this is not to be, as the introductory prologue tells us. Amid the tale of fierce family feuds and 'star-cross'd lovers', she develops from an immature and compliant girl, naive even for her young age of thirteen, to a defiant and resolute young woman, passionately in love with the husband she married without her family's knowledge or consent. The first appearance of Juliet in the play is in Act I Scene III. ...read more.

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Instead of the juvenile submissive daughter, she transforms into an ardent young woman. The wish to please her parents and her nurse has been overtaken by her desire of Romeo. Juliet's priories have changed. When Juliet wants to find the identity of her mystery admirer, she does so in such a way that does not reveal her newfound love. She enquires to Nurse first of 'yond gentleman' and then of another man before asking about Romeo. This shows that instead of bursting to tell her confidante about her experience, she displays a manipulative restraint. She is deceitful, a trait unseen in the Juliet of Act I Scene III. Whereas Juliet's new love had made her devious and practical in Act I Scene III, in Act II Scene II Juliet is swept up in her new sense of freedom. This is the first point in the play that Juliet announces she will denounce her family for Romeo. ...read more.

Conclusion

As first her father, then her mother deserts her, Juliet falls more and more into determinism to 'go it alone'. The final blow strikes when her confidante, Nurse, tells her to marry Paris. This leaves Juliet totally alone and ever more resolute, 'I'll go to the friar, to know his remedy: if all else fail, myself have the power to die'. When Juliet makes this astounding revelation, it shows not only her determinism but also her newly found devious mind. She doesn't panic, instead lying to her parents about her attitude towards Paris's proposal. Juliet prepares to take the sleeping draught, but shows her resolve when despite many fears, she takes the draught. She is extremely apprehensive, disturbed by fears of ' the horrible conceit of death and night' and Tybalt 'festering in his shroud. Despite this Juliet takes the draught, showing her indisputable change from the nervous teenager to a strong woman. Through the course of the play, Juliet Capulet has displayed a remarkable yet believable change from a young and immature girl to a resolute and self-reliant tragic heroine. ...read more.

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