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How does Juliet change during the course of the play?

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In the play Romeo & Juliet, there is a teenage girl named Juliet. In this essay I will be writing about the changes of the character of Juliet, whether those changes affect other characters in the play and if Juliet's changes are for the better or worst. The character Juliet Capulet lived with her parents Lord Capulet and Lady Capulet, the Nurse and all the other house workers. She lived in the city of Verona, Italy where there was a lot of violence taking place on the streets mostly because of the feud between Juliet's family and Romeo's family, the Montages. Juliet began as a pleasant and obedient girl as she was extremely respectful towards her parents. She never questioned anything they ever asked her to do and even if she did not agree with something she was told to do, she would do it straight away. In Act 1 Scene 3, Juliet says to her to Lady Capulet when asked if she could ever love Paris; "I'll look to like, if looking like move; But no more deep will I endart mine eye, than your consent gives strength to make it fly" This quote shows that Juliet would do anything for her beloved parents which includes looking for eligible bachelors to marry. ...read more.


This quote shows how Juliet speaks politely to everyone and how religious terminology appears in her vocabulary as the book she is speaking of is the Bible and in the first quote she talks of pilgrims, saints and holy palmers. Once Juliet had met the supposedly 'love of her life' Romeo, her behaviour had started to change. She started to argue with her parents, even though she had only done this once, it was still more than the times she had argued with them before as she had never argued or even had a slight disagreement with her parents and their wishes. Juliet also started to lie to her family, sneak Romeo in and out her room and started to cause disruption throughout everybody's lives. Juliet was now a difficult teenager. In Act 3 Scene 2, Juliet's once extremely religious and respectful language turns to cruel and violent language when she finds out devastating news about her beloved cousin Tybalt and her newlywed husband, Romeo. Romeo was banished from Verona when he was found guilty of killing Tybalt after he had murdered his best friend Mercutio. ...read more.


In this scene she is talking to herself whilst saying everything on her mind therefore she is performing a soliloquy. In her soliloquy she uses quite violent language as she describes her fears of drinking the potion Friar Laurence had given to her, her troubles about Romeo and the troubles about how her life is working out for her now. Act 5 Scene 3 is an example of a tragic ending as Romeo and Juliet both end up dead. Although they died together, neither of them suffered from a peaceful death. This scene shows that at the ending of this play Juliet has become nothing but a violent young adult as she kills herself with a dagger and talks nothing but violent words in this final scene. When she awakes to find Romeo dead beside her after he had drank all of the poison he had earlier purchased, she is angry and also upset as he had left her no poison to kill herself with. Overall, during the course of this famous Shakespeare play, Juliet has gone from a 16th century good girl to a 21st century misunderstood teenager and all of this could be told by the change of her language and her perspective of everything happening around her.. ...read more.

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