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At the beginning of the play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is portrayed as a totally obedient girl, especially towards her parents.

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At the beginning of the play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is portrayed as a totally obedient girl, especially towards her parents. This is clearly depicted in her language. The pressures that she faces as a girl living in the sixteenth century are also very clear, such as her father. We do not see anything of him for a long time, indicating a poor father/daughter relationship, yet he appears to make all her decisions for her, and she always complies, one example being an arranged marriage. Juliet changes dramatically the night that she meets Romeo. One example of this being when she lies to her closest ally, Nurse, when she walks in on her talking her thoughts for Romeo. This is so significant as she has an excellent relationship with Nurse, who is effectively her mother. As the play continues, Juliet appears to spend more time alone, dedicated to her thoughts about Romeo and the situations she finds herself in, given in the form of soliloquys. She also starts to make use of oxymorons and irony, displaying a changing character. At the beginning of the play, the audience is shown Juliet's personality, as well as seeing how Juliet is raised and treated. Juliet is portrayed as a child who is extremely obedient and constantly behaves in an exemplary manner. She seems overly obedient and docile. ...read more.


This is a stark contrast from her original intimacy with Nurse earlier on. This suggests that she does not have the relationship with Nurse that she had before she met Romeo, therefore indicating that she merely uses Nurse to run errands for her. At the end of the scene, Juliet refers to Romeo as: "O serpent heart, hid with a flowering face!" indicating she has not yet fully forgiven Romeo, despite her feelings for him. She is extremely confused by the dramatic turn of events occurring over such a short period of time and she frequently uses soliloquys to express how she is feeling. This is a crucial point in the play as her character changes, her whole self becomes more dependent on Romeo. Her love for him is re-inforced as if she didn't love him as much as she did, she would have separated herself from him and ended the relationship rather than lose her family. After Juliet's wedding night, her behaviour changes dramatically. She is far more outspoken: "He shall not make me there a joyful bride". She boldly tells her parents that she will not marry Paris and this makes them extremely angry as she has never disobeyed them before, or even stood up to them, something she would never have dared to do before. They even threaten to throw her out. ...read more.


They all seem to be talking about Juliet extremely favourably and Juliet is remembered as an honest, obedient and faithful woman desperately in love with Romeo, a mature young man. For example; "...Then she comes to me, and, with wild looks, bid me devise some mean to rid her of this second marriage". She is praised and honoured by everyone, even the Montagues, who in turn become friends with the Caplulets. For example; "There shall no figure at such rate be set, as that of true and faithful Juliet". In other words, all of the remaining characters remember Juliet as being a strong, young woman. The Prince seems to realize how sad and ironic the whole situation is and fittingly ends the play by stating; "For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and Romeo". During the course of the play, we see Juliet's character constantly developing. At the start, Juliet has been very much hidden away and kept in the dark about life and has grown up in very comfortable surroundings and is extremely obedient, especially towards her parents. However, a dramatic reform of her whole character occurs the night she meets Romeo, without knowing he was a Montague, her family's rival. Juliet lies and turns to deceit for her own means. She has also developed a far more intricate personality and character. Such changes have been illustrated by her use of language such as irony, oxymorons, soliloquys being a few examples. ...read more.

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