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Examine and explore the development of Juliet throughout the play.

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Examine and explore the development of Juliet throughout the play This essay is about Juliet's character. In the prologue we are informed that. 'A pair of star crossed lovers take their life,' [prologue, line 6]. This is to make us feel sympathy towards Romeo and Juliet. We also have to remember Juliet is only 13 at the start of the play and at first she seems merely an obedient, sheltered, naive child. Act 1 scene 5 is the first encounter between the lovers. In this scene Juliet is clever, just doing enough to keep Romeo interested, 'Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,' [act 1 scene 5 line 96]. She is obviously infatuated with Romeo and behaves coquettishly towards him, 'For saints have hands that pilgrims' hand do touch,' [act 1 scene 5 line 98]. Juliet's first meeting with Romeo propels her into the character she will become. Act 2 scene 2 is the famous balcony scene of the lovers. ...read more.

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Act 2 scene 5 is Juliet's main scene with the Nurse. In this scene Juliet is immature and petulant. You can see this when she is waiting for Romeo's reply about marriage. 'In half an hour she promised to return,' [act 2 scene 5 line 2],' O she is lame,' [act 2 scene 5 line 4]. It also shows impatience and irritability. When the Nurse does finally arrive Juliet is very impatient in contrast to her being patient with the Nurse in act 1 scene 3. Juliet dose not pay attention to the Nurse's condition. The Nurse says, 'I am aweary, give me leave awhile,' [act 2 scene 5 line 25], but Juliet replies, 'Nay come, I pray thee speak,' [act 2 scene 5 line 28], showing more care in what Romeo has said then what the Nurse has done for her to whom she is supposed to be close to. When the Nurse eventually does tell Juliet the news, Juliet now says something complimentary to her, 'Honest Nurse, farewell,' as this is said after the good ...read more.

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Act 5 scene 3 is the final scene. Juliet is bold in her decision. She has just awoken to the sight of Romeo's dead body and the Friar has left her. She now has a choice to go away where the Friar sends her, or to die with Romeo. She decides to kill herself, 'O happy dagger. This is thy sheath. There rust, and let me die,' [act 5 scene 3 lines 169 & 170]. I feel this was a necessary decision. For Juliet to commit suicide meant she was condemned to hell. She was totally desperate but chose Romeo above salvation. Her love was so deep. This brave decision can only emphasise her bravery. Juliet loved Romeo enough to go against God. In conclusion I feel Juliet is immature at the start, but develops as the play goes on. Throughout she uses her brain to get out of tough situations, as in act 1 scene 3 when asked about marriage. Then towards the end she becomes more independent and shows maturity and inner strength. Juliet development Coursework Written by: Thomas Pierpoint ...read more.

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