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Explore the presentation of the character of Juliet in Shakespeare's play of 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Explore the presentation of the character of Juliet in Shakespeare's play of 'Romeo and Juliet'. The Elizabethan Era is the period associated with Queen Elizabeth I (Good Queen Bess), reigning between 1558-1603. It is also considered to be a golden age in English history. In the theatre, women's parts were played by men. An example of this in 'Romeo and Juliet' is Juliet's part being played by a young boy whose voice hasn't broken. Actors were considered to be second class and trouble makers. They were also called sinful. The first women actors appeared in the year of 1660. A lot of people died from the make-up, which was mainly lead based paint. There was no scientific knowledge in those days, so they didn't know that the paint was causing it. Women were subservient to men, which meant that they were inferior or second class. Girls were considered to be the possessions of their fathers who would arrange marriages for them. They married for wealth and financial security. They did not marry for love. Women were not educated in Elizabethan times and they had to be skilled at sewing, the piano and entertaining if they were from rich families. ...read more.


In Act 2 scene 5, the Nurse goes to Juliet's room. She warns the pair that Lady Capulet coming. This shows that the Nurse cares for Juliet and Romeo. If she didn't then we would see that Lady Capulet finding them together in the room. "Your lady mother is coming to your chamber". Juliet's mother enters the room. When the Lord Capulet enters towards the end of the scene, an argument breaks out. Juliet's father swears at the Nurse, but the Nurse stands up for herself, whereas Juliet cries in the corner, hiding behind the Nurse. Juliet wants comfort from the Nurse. The Nurse, however, has no comfort to offer Juliet. When Lady Capulet gets to spend some time with her daughter, she panics and tells the Nurse to take over. Juliet's character changes from being obedient to lying to Nurse. "A rhyme I learned". She won't tell her she loves Romeo. She is quick witted. When Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet, he is upset. He says, "My life is my foes debt". He is determined to look past the fact that she is a Capulet as he falls in love with Juliet. ...read more.


Juliet defends him by saying, "Blistered be thy tongue." Eventually, Romeo and Juliet consummate the marriage. Lady Capulet comes to Juliet to see if she is ok about Tybalt. Juliet is deceitful and she plays with her words. "I never shall be satisfied with Romeo, till I behold him - dead - is my poor heart so for a kins man vexed." At the end of the scene, the audience sees Juliet's desperation when she uses Religion as an excuse to get out of the house. Society was very religious. For Juliet to use religion was sinful. It shows despair. At the start of Act 4, Scene 1, Juliet is in an uncomfortable situation when Paris is at the church. "That may be, must be, love on." Juliet will never love Paris as much as Romeo as Paris doesn't treat Juliet with respect, but sees her as a possession. "Thy face is mine." "I will confess to you that I love him." Juliet is almost telling Paris that she loves someone else. It is a double meaning as she is telling it to God aswell. Juliet goes over the top by saying that she would rather kill herself than marry Paris. "O bid me leap, rather than me marry Paris". ?? ?? ?? ?? Liam Widdows Page 1 ...read more.

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