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How does the character of Juliet change and develop throughout the play?

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How does the character of Juliet change and develop throughout the play? In our society Juliet would be far too young to marry because she is only just 14 years old. "Come lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen." (Lammas eve is 1st August, Lady Mass) so Juliet will be 14 on the 1st of August. She is so young, yet so soon to marry. As she is only 14 she cannot be ready for marriage. Marriage is something that previously wasn't on her mind "Marriage is an honour I dream not of." As soon as her mother mentions it to her she more or less dismisses the idea by saying "I'll look to like, if looking liking move". Which means: I'll look for someone, if they are looking for me. However she sees Romeo and this seems to be in "love at first sight". She immediately wants to see him again, but then kisses him. In those times girls were supposed to be "chaste" which means they are pure and virginal. ...read more.

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The Friar is unsure whether to marry Romeo and Juliet because he thinks Romeo still loves Rosaline "Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear, so soon forsaken." The Friar is trying to make peace between the families. He knows they are feuding so he thinks by marrying Romeo and Juliet, he could achieve peace. By asking Romeo if he still loves Rosaline he is making sure he is doing the right thing. He is playing "god" with two lives Romeo killing Tybalt had a huge, negative impact on Juliet She had just gotten married, in secret, when Tybalt challenges Romeo to a fight. Romeo was now related to Tybalt, therefore for his wife's sake he didn't want to fight. However Tybalt persists and ends up getting killed by Romeo. This is punished by the Prince who banishes Romeo. This means Juliet and Romeo will never see each other again. Juliet weeps, and cry's but her father mistakes the tears as tears of grief for Tybalt. This also forces Juliet to grow up and she has a conversation with the nurse, who is also grieving for Tybalt. ...read more.

Conclusion

She went to amazing lengths so they could be together but in the end it was never meant to be. There is nothing in this world Juliet wanted more than to be with Romeo, however fate conspired against her and she was forced to "fake her own death" in a last-ditch attempt to be with him. "Be not so long to speak, I long to die, if what thou speak'st speak not of a remedy" Meaning if the friar didn't have a cure, she would rather be dead than to be without Romeo. "O bid me leap, rather than marry Paris, from off the battlements of any tower" Also there are many elements of irony in the play "Or hide me nightly in a charnel house" Is ironic because she would rather end up there than marry Paris; however that is exactly where she ends up, without Romeo. Shakespeare wrote this play for a reason. He wanted to give everyone a message about love and life; no matter how much you want something, no matter how passionate you feel about something, no matter how much desire you have for something, it can be taken away from you in an instant. Jack Money 10G1 romeo and juliet Mrs Mcdermott ...read more.

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