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Change In Juliet.

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Introduction

Change In Juliet Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet, the character of Juliet is developed constantly so that the audience can see her deal with the increasingly difficult decisions she faces. In this essay I intend to trace the changes in her character and describe thoroughly the reasons for them Initially, before Juliet has met Romeo, she is an innocent, obedient child, who responds to her mother's every command, "Madam I am here. What is your will?" The way Juliet addresses her mother is very formal and shows that they do not have a particularly close relationship. Juliet's real 'mother' figure in the play is in fact her nurse, who she is affectionately indulgent to and has an intimate understanding with, "Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursed". When Juliet first exchanges words with Romeo, upon their meeting in act 1 scene 5, her language is controlled and flirtatious, "And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss." Romeo and Juliet share equally the lines of a sonnet, which show their immediate love for each other. This meeting changes Juliet's attitude towards love, as she now believes in love at first sight and is already contemplating marriage. ...read more.

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Her confusion of feelings is conveyed through her use of antithetical expressions and oxymoron's, "damned saint", "honourable villain". Shakespeare powerfully demonstrates Juliet's resolution of this conflict of loyalties by using chiasmus, "My husband lives, that Tybalt would have slain; And Tybalt's dead that would have slain my husband". This not only proves Juliet's unchanging love for Romeo, but also that she is quite capable of making important decisions by herself. Act 3 scene 5 is a key scene in the development of Juliet's character as the focus of the plot shifts solely on to her as Romeo leaves, exiled from Verona. In terms of the tragic experience of the lovers, Juliet will face similar isolation and loss, as well as Romeo. In the course of this scene Juliet loses the support of all other characters who love her. Firstly, Romeo is taken from her by his physical banishment. The balanced exchange of verse between the two lovers in their final scene together, demonstrates their equal love. For a moment, Juliet refuses to believe that Romeo has to leave and tells him that it is not yet day so he has no need to leave, "Yond light is not day light". ...read more.

Conclusion

Despite Juliet's rejection of fear, her soliloquy in act 4 scene 3 reveals horror and trepidation. Shakespeare leads the character through a variety of emotions before she takes her final action. She has many fears about the plan including doubts if the poison will work and if she wakes up too soon, but she has a knife prepared if all else fails. In this section Juliet's behaviour shows she is willing to do anything, even die, in order to be with Romeo. Everything else in her life has become unimportant, as she is totally consumed with finding a way to be with her love. However, Juliet is finally let down by her last supporter, Friar Laurence, when she awakes and discovers Romeo's dead body beside her. At this climax of tragedy, Juliet again chooses death in order to be with Romeo. Her certainty over her decision is made clear when she says, "Yea noise? Then I'll be brief, O happy dagger!". Shakespeare has presented a convincing portrait of Juliet, maturing from girlhood to womanhood, in the space of only four days. Her isolation from her friends and family and her overpowering love for Romeo has fuelled her determination, and instead of following order's from people she has made her own decisions and ultimately chosen to end her own life. ...read more.

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