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How does Juliet's character develop throughout the scenes?

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Introduction

How does Juliet's character develop throughout the scenes? From act 1 scene 3 to act 3 scene 5 Juliet's character develops in many ways. This is shown through her behaviour and speech in both scenes. The length of Juliet's speeches and how often she speaks changes significantly from act 1 scene 3 to act 3 scene 5. In act 1 scene 3 she speaks in short sentences that are to the point but in act 3 scene 5 she has a lot more to say and she speaks at more regular intervals. This show that Juliet has gained more experience of love because she knows what to say in the second scene whereas in the first scene she does not know so does not voice any of her own opinions. In the second scene there is also a different type of situation because Juliet is Romeo's wife and is therefore equal to Romeo so she is expected to speak more. ...read more.

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When Juliet is with her mother and they are talking about marriage for the second time it must once again be scary for her. It would be scary this time, not through lack of knowledge, but because she does has the experience but it is without her parents knowing or approving of. Because Juliet has the experience she has an opinion so she is able to say what she feels. In act 3 scene 5 Juliet directly contradicts her mother which is something she would not have done in the first scene. This is the contradiction: Lady Capulet - Shall happily make the there a joyful bride Juliet - He shall not make me there a joyful bride. This shows that Juliet has grown a lot in confidence to be able to say that to her mother because before she would do what ever her mother wanted her to do. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows that what she says can be taken either as she wants Romeo and that her heat is dead from the loss of Romeo or that she wants Romeo dead and her heart is troubled for the loss of Tybalt. You can also see that Juliet uses language well when her father says How how, how how, chopt-logic? What is this? In act 3 scene 1 Juliet uses strong language to show what she means: I will not marry yet. Not is a modal verb which is a very strong word. It is different to the type of language that she uses in act 1 scene 3 which is quite weak in comparison: And stint thou too, I pray thee, Nurse, say I. Through all this behaviour and language in act 1 scene 3 and act 3 scene 5 you can see that Juliet's character has developed a lot in strength and confidence through experience and intelligence. She is able to stand up for herself much better and knows what she wants. ...read more.

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