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Character of Juliet

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Analyse the character of Juliet, showing clearly whether she changes during the coarse of the play. - Hannah Fewings 10G In William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet", the character of Juliet changes constantly throughout the play. In some scenes she is a calm and calculated adult, in others she is seen as a somewhat immature child and sometimes she is observed as a glorious mix between the two. We first see Juliet when she is called for by her mother. Juliet is very curious towards her mother when she says 'madam, I am here'. This shows her maturity and respect. She gives her mother what seems like very careful and measured answers. When she is asked what she thinks of marriage she replies that 'it is an honour that I dream not of'. It's as if she thought of who she was talking to and then thought of an appropriate answer for that person. Then later in the play, when she first speaks with Romeo, Juliet speaks with the excitement of a child but also with the maturity and understanding of an adult. ...read more.


Come, what says Romeo?' This shows the impatience and childishness of the teenage Juliet. Juliet then anticipates Romeo's arrival for their wedding night. She wishes for ancient Gods to 'bring in cloudy night immediately' as she is excited about her next encounter with Romeo. Again, she is excited like a child yet has the emotional maturity of a woman and is looking forward to a sexual relationship. Perhaps this sexual confidence comes from being brought up by the vivacious Nurse. When the Nurse comes to tell Juliet of Tybalt's death, Juliet quickly picks up on her mother's body language and asks 'why dost thou wring thy hands?' showing her social understanding and growth. After the Nurse has exclaimed 'he's dead, he's dead' Juliet immediately fears that she means Romeo. The Nurse continues to confuse and aggravate Juliet with the impreciseness of her message. Juliet quickly shifts between emotions, such as frustration ('what devil art thou that dost torment me thus?'), complete sadness ('O break, my heart, poor bankrout, break at once!'), confusion ('what storm is this that blows so contrary?') and utter disbelief ('o God, did Romeo's hand shed Tybalt's blood?'). ...read more.


that we have wrought so worthy a gentleman to be her bride?'. But even in the face of this fury she still tries to be mature and says 'not proud you have, but thankful you have' as if to calm her father down. Eventually she is reduced to begging 'on [her] knees' but to no avail. Her mother and the Nurse cannot argue with Capulet and so are forced to abandon Juliet. It really shows Juliet's overall courage in the face of this turmoil and crisis to pull herself together so quickly, even if it is in her own pact that 'if all else fail, myself have power to die'. It takes an awful lot to be able to commit suicide, strength far beyond that of an immature child. Children fear death but Juliet has the maturity and experience now to see it as her final option if everything else she tries fails. We can see from these varied sections of the play, that Juliet's character is not solely child-like, passive, submissive and immature or mature, confident and assertive. The character, like all of us, is a wonderful combination of the two and constantly shifts between them, allowing different and appropriate responses depending on what the situation calls for. ...read more.

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