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Juliet - Brave and desperately in love? Or irresponsible and rebellious?

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Juliet - Brave and desperately in love? Or irresponsible and rebellious? In Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet, the character of Juliet Capulet is just thirteen years old. She is at an age where she stands on the border of maturity and immaturity and this sometimes shows in her actions. It could be argued that her behaviour in the play is either brave because she is desperately in love with Romeo, or that it is irresponsible and she is just being a rebellious teenager. At the beginning of the play when we first see Juliet in Act I Scene III, we meet the Nurse and her mother. We get an immediate impression of how the Nurse has bought up Juliet since she was a young baby and she is closer to her than her own mother, this is shown by the Nurse's stories of Juliet from when she was a baby, "And she was weaned-I shall never forget it". Juliet seems to be an ordinary and obedient child who lives a normal sheltered aristocratic life in 17th century Italy. Juliet is asked in the very first scene we meet her if she would like to marry Paris. ...read more.


She teases Juliet slightly in misleading her into thinking Romeo has been killed, "Can heaven be so envious?" However she eventually reveals what has really happened, "Tybalt is gone, and Romeo is banished; Romeo that kill'd him." The Nurse also makes her feelings about Romeo clear, blaming him. She is shocked however when Juliet defends him, "Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?" Juliet is stuck in between her family member Tybalt, but also her husband and the one she loves Romeo. Her defence of Romeo could be seen as her continuing to distance herself from her family. Juliet's constant rebelling against her family culminates in Act III, Scene V. Juliet is in her room with Romeo, he has to leave quickly when her mother enters the room, the couple say goodbye, "Farewell, farewell! One kiss and I'll descend." When Juliet begins to cry, her mother tells her to stop grieving for Tybalt, the audience know however she is crying for Romeo. Lady Capulet informs Juliet that she will marry County Paris on Thursday morning, Juliet rejects. In her refusal, Juliet is very calm, simply saying that she would rather marry Romeo, a Montague than Paris, "It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate." ...read more.


Things had rapidly declined for her and Romeo since they had gotten married at the end of Act II, she had lost the support of all her family, even the Nurse who she considered to be her closest friend. When the Friar's plan does not work and a message to Mantua does not make it to Romeo, Romeo returns to Verona and takes a deadly poison when he thinks Juliet is dead. Juliet awakens and stabs herself with Romeo's dagger when she finds him lying next to her. When we first meet Juliet at the very beginning of the play, we see the very first signs of her turning against her parents. She continues to grow more and more independent, especially when she meets Romeo and marries him within just a day of knowing him. By the end of the play, she has made the transition from immaturity to maturity. In conclusion, Juliet is forced into desperate acts towards the end of the play, these needed to be taken as a result of her serious relationship with Romeo and distancing herself from her family, whom she had lost through being irresponsible and rebellious and trying to become more independent. ?? ?? ?? ?? Liam Woodward 10AF ...read more.

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