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Explain your response to the character of Juliet, exploring the ways in which Shakespeare presents her to the audience.

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Explain your response to the character of Juliet, exploring the ways in which Shakespeare presents her to the audience Shakespeare has created an infatuated, passionate and enthusiastic heroine in Juliet because she is a person that would do anything for her love, even take her own life, which she does, in the end of the play. I thought she was a good character but a bit too young to be talking and thinking about love and her character is a bit too soppy but I suppose they need a bit of soppiness seeing as though it is meant to be a romantic play. Romeo and Juliet was inspired by Brooke's poem, which was about two feuding families. When the play opens Juliet is not yet fourteen. Boys and girls could make binding marriage contracts within that era. Juliet's parents want her to marry count Paris but Juliet has not yet thought about marriage. But that all eventually changes when Romeo comes along. When Juliet first appears in Act1 scene 3 it is when the Capulet household are going have a party, first mentioned in Act1 scene 2. ...read more.

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Romeo has a big group of friends such as Mercutio and Benvolio and is always out and about. When Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time it is at the party Juliet is not at all worried about speaking to Romeo. Because she falls in love just by looking at him. Shakespeare portrays Juliet as a young but mature girl who handles her problems in a civilised manner. Romeo and Juliet both speak in such romantic language and Romeo is always comparing her to wonderful things and speaks really sweetly about her: 'O that I were that glove upon her hand, That I might touch that cheek'. Juliet is upset when she finds out that Romeo has been banished she is also upset about the death of her cousin Tybalt. She waits for Romeo to come and see her. This changes her from an impatient child to a passionate woman she uses a lot of oxymorons and starts describing and combining ideas, which are opposite to each other e.g. ...read more.

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Romeo! Romeo! I drink to thee'. The audience fear for her in this scene because she is all alone and vulnerable. Juliet has a lot of soliloquies in the play in one of them she shows how much she fears that if Romeo comes to the tomb and thinks that she is dead he may take his own life. Juliet dies in a very lonely way because nobody is there Romeo is already dead. She has a tragic death and uses Romeo's dagger to kill herself she thinks that there is no life left without Romeo. I think that this is probably the most emotional scene in the play because she shows her love for Romeo in an effective way through the language she uses. Shakespeare presents Juliet as an intelligent, mature, young girl. She forgets her family in the end just for Romeo. Shakespeare presents her as a strong and courageous person especially when she takes her life. Fate is against her that's why this play is referred to as the story of 'two star crossed lovers'. At least the feud is ended by her death, so perhaps it wasn't all in vain. SHARANJIT KAUR JABBAL 10C ENGLISH COURSEWORK MISS HILL RM9 ...read more.

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