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How does Juliet's character develop and change during the course of the play?

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How does the character of Juliet develop and change during the course of the play? How does Juliet's language reflect the changes in her character? Romeo and Juliet is a play of love and hatred. In the centre of it all is Juliet, a thirteen year old girl, still relying on her nurse, but she is willing to take her own life than having to live without the one she loves. In the short four days, in which the play takes place, Juliet faces many things. She is forced into marriage, with Paris, when Lady Capulet tells her about Paris and their marriage; she responds that she will try to see if she can love him, a response that seems childish in its obedience and in its immature start of love. Juliet, an obedient, innocent and na�ve young girl who is faithful to her family meets Romeo and falls in love with him, so she secretly marries him, although Romeo is an enemy of her house. The love she experiences with Romeo begins to change her. After Juliet meets Romeo, and marries him, many of her opinions and interests begin to change. ...read more.

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Juliet is telling her mother that she is not proud of what she found for her but thankful she had. She is telling her that she hates Paris, she says she could never be proud of what she hates, referring to Paris, but at the same time she can be thankful for what she hates if it was meant with love. The language she uses here reflects a mass of contradiction. Juliet is being very disobedient with her mother, as she is finally confessing her that she hates Paris, and the idea of her being forced into marrying him, as it is no for love. In Act 4 scene 3, in her soliloquy Juliet shows a completely different type of character. In Act 4 scene 3 is set in her bedroom, where the Capulets are preparing for Juliet and Paris's wedding and Juliet and the Friar are preparing for her "death". Juliet's soliloquy can be divided into three parts, the first of which shows us Juliet's maturity developing. This is clearly portrayed when Juliet decides that she doesn't need to rely on her Nurse anymore and is brave enough to act alone. ...read more.

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Juliet's character changed for better and for worse, for better because she learned many things she didn't knew before, as she was only 13 years old. Juliet learned how to take important decisions without having to rely on someone. We can see this happen when she takes the potion and she secretly marries Romeo. And she also changed for worse because at the end she killed herself, but at least she died happy and killed herself because she rather not live that live without those that she loves. As the play progresses, Juliet makes a number of important decisions. She falls in love, gets married, and finally kills herself. After experiencing all these things, it is impossible for her to remain as innocent as she once was. Her loss of innocence leads to her downfall. We can see how much Juliet loves Romeo, if she had hated Romeo because he is a Montague, as her family did, she would have married Paris and lived a happy, sheltered life. Instead, she realized that she loved Romeo in spite of his name. It was this love that caused her death. Juliet's maturity and courage in pursuing her will ultimately leads to the reconciliation between the families, even though she was not prepared to survive pursuing her dreams. ...read more.

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