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How far is Juliet a victim in "Romeo and Juliet".

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How far is Juliet a victim in "Romeo and Juliet" In this essay I will evaluate to what extent Juliet is a victim of fate, her parents, Romeo, the expectations of her society and her own feelings in the play "Romeo and Juliet". Romeo, the youngest son of Lord Montague and Juliet's husband, inflicts a lot of power over Juliet in this play. Throughout the play, Romeo talks of love as a dangerous thing. For example, he talks about gall (poison) in the same paragraph as he talks about love. This is foreshadowing that love will turn into a dangerous thing (i.e. their death), this could also be referring to the poison that he takes, that kills him. He is constantly foreshadowing his and Juliet's death, "Some consequence yet hanging in the stars, shall bitterly begin his fearful date." Romeo also foreshadows, during the play that he will fall in love with the person that he is supposed to hate. "Here is much to do with hate, but more with love". Juliet has no control whether he will fall in love with her or not. This is also shown in the fact that when Romeo and Juliet first meet at Capulet's party, he sees her first, and asks who she is, when he is responded to as not knowing by a serving man, talks as if he is entranced by her beauty, and states that he has not loved until he had met her, even though they had not even spoken at this point. ...read more.


Also that the servant invited them to come. If Romeo hadn't found out about the party, he couldn't of gone. Which would of meant that he wouldn't meet Juliet. Another reason that he went to the party, is because Mercutio encouraged Romeo to go, saying that he will fall in love with someone else, this is ironic because he does fall in love with Juliet, and it proves to be fatal. In Act 1 scene 3 Juliet says the least out of everyone, her marriage is being decided for her, she has no say, her fate has already been decided for her. If Mercutio had not taunted Tybalt in town whilst out with Romeo and Benvolio, Romeo would not of got into the fight with Tybalt and therefore would not have been banished. Perhaps, however, the fight initiated by Mercutio was inevitable, and was victimising Juliet by making it destiny that Romeo was banished, and therefore she took the sleeping poison. Throughout the play, many characters refer to fate. For example, "I fear, too early: for my mind misgives, some consequence yet hanging in the stars, shall bitterly begin his fearful date". This shows that Romeo never felt happy with the idea of going to the Capulet party in the first place. If he had trusted his instincts and refused to go, the deaths of the two lovers may have been averted. ...read more.


When Juliet is found "dead" by the nurse on the morning of her wedding. Lady was trying to live her life through Juliet; this is shown when she says "My only life". Also Capulet and Lady Capulet make huge speeches about how upset they are, they are only concerned about their appearance, not actually about their daughter. On the other hand, in Shakespearean times, it was quite normal for upper class children to be brought up by a nurse or someone other then the parents. In this case, her parents cannot be blamed for their actions. Juliet has to "fight" with her own feelings throughout the play. She is a victim of her own feelings because she fell in love with Romeo. Falling in love with Romeo is the reason for both of their deaths. Throughout the play she is carried away for love, lust. She cannot control her feelings, they are controlling her. Her grief that she feels towards Tybalt's death, plus her remorse of the fact that Romeo has been banished, all pile up on top of her, and do not let her think in a straight forward and logical way. If Juliet had loved Paris, then she would not of fallen in love with Romeo and taken the poison to pretend to be dead. On the other hand, she should be able to have control over her own feelings. People are only rarely "victimised" by their own feelings. She could of just wanted some excitement in her life, and therefore exaggerated all of the circumstances she was put in. ...read more.

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