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How Juliets experience changes throughout the play

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How Juliet's experience changes throughout the play Introduction Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1595. It's one of his best and most famous plays. It's tragedy based on the fate of two "star-cross'd lovers". In this essay I will be writing about how Juliet is innocent at the beginning of the play and how she becomes more experienced towards the end when she takes a look at the "real world". At the start of the play, it shows that Juliet is very obedient. When the nurse tells Juliet that her mother is calling her, she replies, "Madam, I am here. What is your will?". This shows that she will do anything her parents tell her to do. Not only does she call her mother "madam", but she also asks her what she wants from her as if Juliet will do anything she is told. This quote also shows she's innocent because she still relies on others. She hasn't gained enough experience so she trusts everyone. You can see she does not have much experience of the world as it says, "She is not fourteen" (I, iii, 15). She is so young that she has still got her childhood nurse with her who she has had since she was a baby. ...read more.


Juliet says, "My only love sprung from my only hate. Too early seen unknown, and known too late." (I, v, 137-138). Juliet fell in love with Romeo before knowing he was actually the son of her family's worst enemy. Romeo and Juliet plan on getting married and Romeo talks to Friar Lawrence, "And all combined, save what thou must combine By holy marriage. (II, iii, 60-61). Romeo wants Friar Lawrence to marry them. He also says, "That thou consent to marry us today." (II, iii, 64). Romeo and Juliet are urgent to get married so he wants to know his decision as soon as possible. Going back to the previous point I made about Juliet's parents running her life setting her up to be married with Paris without consulting her fully, she knows she has no choice and she will do anything her parents tell her to do as she still relies on them. Further on in the play, her parents make the decision to get her married on Thursday and only tells Juliet the news once it has all been arranged. "Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn, The gallant, young, and noble gentleman, The County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church, Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride." (III, v, 112-115). ...read more.


In order to get out of the marriage with Paris, Juliet also contemplates death. This shows experience as you only tend to think about death when you are a mature adult, not when you are an innocent child. "And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo's sealed, Shall be the label to another deed, Or my true heart with treacherous revolt Turn to another, this shall slay them both,". (IV, i, 56-59). She is willing to kill herself in order to prevent her marriage to Paris. As Friar Lawrence offers Juliet a potion that makes her look as if dead, Juliet is eager to take this potion in order to prevent marrying someone whom she does not love. She is only in love with Romeo and will not settle for less. "Give me, give me! O tell me not of fear." (IV, i, 121). She does not care for the dire consequences of the potion - even if this may be death, but wants to avoid marrying Paris. The final point in the play which shows evidence of her maturity is when she willingly takes her own life in order to be with Romeo. " This is thy sheath. (Stabs herself) There rust, and let me die." (V, iii, 169-170). Once she realises that Romeo has killed himself, she grabs his dagger, and willingly stabs herself so she could be with him in eternity. Vipen Mahay ...read more.

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