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How does Juliet's language change manifest the course of play?

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How does Juliet's Language change manifest the course of play? Act 1 scene 3 introduces Juliet to the audience. Here she interacts with the nurse and her mother. Her words emphasise her contrasting relationships with the two. When interacting with the nurse she seems at ease and the words spoken between them shows a friendly and intimate relationship, Nurse 'Faith I can tell her age unto an hour' Juliet 'And stint thou too, I pray thee nurse, say I 'she addresses the nurse by her name. In contrast, with her mother she shows respect and only speaks when spoken to 'madam.' Juliet is a intelligent and although perceived my most as an obedient child she is actually being tactical and crafty. Though she only speaks when spoken to, when asked about her opinions of meeting and maybe marrying Paris she gives her mother the impression that she'll do as she's told, ' I'll look to like if looking liking move. But no more deep will I endart mine eye. Than your consent give strength to make it fly' she has not actually agreed to do as she is told but has given an answer which will please everyone including herself. Also, earlier on in this scene, she demonstrates independent thinking when asked about her opinion on marriage, 'it is an honour that I dream not of.' This may appear to some as if she is being a young, innocent girl, therefore influenced to answer this way, but in my opinion she is being quick witted and astute. ...read more.


this shows that Julie is very modern and unconventional and unorthodox in the way she acts in comparison to the way things are. The audience would have seen this gesture as heroic and quite brave as this would have been practically unheard of. Although some people may see this act as an indication of her being young, na�ve and therefore hasty I see this as proof of Juliet being sure of herself, and what she wants and being brave and unafraid take the initiative. Act 2 scene 5 presents the idea that Juliet's language changes as her relationship with the characters she interacts with transforms. The nurse is part of her secret relationship with Romeo and therefore she feels closer to the nurse. She can play with her as she would and could not do with her mother. She has completely withdrawn from her mother. 'Where is my mother? Why is she within? Where should she be? How oddly thou reply' this is because she now has Romeo and his love and is therefore feeling more secure and does not feel that it is so necessary to please everybody now. She talks in a soliloquy at the beginning and poses a lot of rhetorical questions. It is evident here to the audience that her language has changed from how it was at the beginning where she seemed uninterested in marriage and all things associated, but now the idea of marriage seems to fill her with anticipation for the answer and excitement, 'what say he of our marriage, what of that?' ...read more.


She will do anything to get away from following her parents' instructions and marrying Paris. It is obvious to the audience that she is in love with and devoted to Romeo and therefore accepts the crazy scheme in which the friar comes up with. The audience at this time would have been shocked at the decision Juliet was making here but would have seen a brave and heroic side to Juliet's character. Juliet would also be seen as disobedient and disrespectful because of the code of behaviour in that day and age. Juliet shows great courage in act 4 scene 3. She speaks in soliloquy and starts off with short sentences showing uncertainty of the decision, which is to be made. 'What if this mixture do not work at all? Shall I be married then tomorrow morning?' then she moves on to questions showing paranoia and thought, then she goes on to thinking about the consequences which seem rushed and make her seem as if she is not sure about what she is doing. Finally she decides on the right decision to make and drinks to Romeo 'Romeo...I drink to thee.' This is not the sort of behaviour that would have been expected in that time especially in the Roman Catholic Church where suicide and killing was completely unacceptable in her faith. Since Juliet's behaviours and attitudes were so inappropriate for the time, she may have seemed rash and foolhardy to the Elizabethan audience. Personally, though I think that she should be celebrated for her courage. ...read more.

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