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"Juliet matures considerably during the play". In the light of this statement show how Shakespeare develops Juliet's character. You should refer to her relationships with other characters; explore her thoughts and feelings in response to events;

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Introduction

"Juliet matures considerably during the play". In the light of this statement show how Shakespeare develops Juliet's character. You should refer to her relationships with other characters; explore her thoughts and feelings in response to events; include a consideration of her use of language. Introduction: Juliet is the heroine of the play and throughout the play we watch her mature from a na�ve girl into a young woman. Include historical and social research. Other sources of information: Say how other writers and authors have interpreted the play. Remember to credit them. First scene with her mother: in this scene Juliet is a very submissive character, she sits back and lets the conversation happen around her but does not try to be involved. She only ever answers questions when asked and shows very little opinion. * The pace of this scene is slow and constant; no one enters to liven things up. * Juliet's comments are also indirect; she rarely answers anything directly back. For example, when asks if she can love Paris she answers "I'll look to like, if looking liking move; /But no more deep will I endart mine eye/ Than your consent gives strength to make it fly." ...read more.

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Juliet is not weeping for Tybalt but her mother does not know this. * In this scene we can see Juliet has matured by the way that she plays on words. * Juliet uses a stronger tone of voice and the language she uses is much more emotive, for example, "Indeed I shall be satisfied/ With Romeo till I behold him- dead-/ Is my poor heart so for a kinsman vexed." * The pace of this scene changes because of Juliet's responses to questions and as her thoughts and feelings progress. This is different from the first scene with her mother because she is in more control and it is Juliet setting the pace .E.g., she completely slows the atmosphere by her reaction to her mother's news of marrying Paris. Second scene with Romeo: Juliet does not control the pace of this scene at the beginning because she is shocked by Romeo turning up. However later on she is the one doing the practical thinking and is slowing Romeo down. Compared to the first scene with Romeo, Juliet sets the pace and sticks to it. ...read more.

Conclusion

* By being so relaxed around Romeo she shows that she has matured from being a young girl being afraid of men and shying away from them. Here is a young lady acting appropriately around an older man. E.g. "Nightly she sings on yond pom'granate tree. / Believe me, love, it was the nightingale." * Personification in this scene shows that she is a sophisticated young lady and knows these figure of speeches, she never used them before, she has progressed. E.g. "Jocund day/ Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops" Scene with Friar-Act 2 Scene 1: in this scene Juliet has to think through things very maturely and quickly. It is this scene that the audience really sees how Juliet has matured. * Juliet has considered her life and decides to take her life into her own hands. This is Juliet's declaration of independence. She now feels adult and mature enough to be in complete control of her life. E.g. "Give me, give me! O tell not me of fear!" Juliet is saying that she doesn't want to hear the downsides of the vial because it is her choice. ...read more.

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