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In an essay of 1000 words trace how Juliet changes from a girl to a woman and how Romeo changes from a boy to a man. Comment on the differences in their personalities as revealed, for example, in the balcony scene and how they respond to crises later in t

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1. In an essay of 1000 words trace how Juliet changes from a girl to a woman and how Romeo changes from a boy to a man. Comment on the differences in their personalities as revealed, for example, in the balcony scene and how they respond to crises later in the play. The characters Romeo and Juliet in the play of the same name by William Shakespeare are rather immature as the play commences. Due to the love that develops between them, the feud between their two families and their actions, they mature and reach a stage upon which they have become independent individuals, taking their own decisions. The extraordinary about their maturation is the short time period in which it takes place, from the beginning to the end of the play only three days pass. Romeo appears rather immature at the beginning of the play as he looses himself in the self-indulgent and hopeless love towards Rosaline. At the beginning of the play Romeo is displayed as a self-pitying person. ...read more.

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Small actions such as Romeo turning back after the feast to see Juliet once more can be explained through the blindness of love or Romeo's lack of experience of true love. Both of them however take hasty decisions such as the one of their marriage. Even though the decision of marriage might be called rash it does testify to a higher level of maturity and independence. This bond between them causes Romeo to become more careful and not take many more overhasty decisions. When Tybalt challenges him he stays rather calm trying to stay out of a fight and trouble. Only the murder of Mercutio and the desire for revenge cause him to loose his composure and kill Tybalt. This may be interpreted in a way that Romeo still acts rather rash and does not think about what his action could cause. On the contrary however Romeo shows a lot of patience, which is a rather mature characteristic. ...read more.

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When Juliet then awakes and sees him dying she kills herself to. They are both willing to take their lives out of love for each other. The braveness of the decision to commit suicide shows a certain degree of maturity. However they would have displayed an even higher level of braveness and maturity with the decision not to kill themselves. Both Romeo and Juliet are rather young and immature characters to the beginning of the play. Romeo has lost himself in a love that is hopeless, while Juliet is completely dependant on her parents. Through the love that they experience amongst each other they grow and reach a certain level of maturity. Juliet becomes more and more independent and takes her own decisions, isolating herself from her parents and at last the Nurse as well. Meanwhile Romeo is no longer lost and becomes more considered. The love has developed them so far that they are willing to give their lives for it. "These violent delights have violent ends"(Act 2, Scene 6) and thus they die after only three days. English Philipp R�diger Romeo and Juliet 13.02.2005 ...read more.

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