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Romeo and Juliet Character Study

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Romeo and Juliet Character Study Juliet She's young, beautiful, independent, insightful, and in love. Although it's Juliet's physical appearance that first attracts Romeo, she is more than merely pretty. In her, Shakespeare crafts a heroine who not only chooses to think for her, but also has the courage to act independently. For modern audiences, it's this combination of beauty and strength of character that makes her so appealing. The first instance in which Juliet demonstrates independent thinking is when her mother asks her about the possibility of an engagement to a suitor named Paris. She responds, "It is an honour that I dream not have" (1.3.66). For the Elizabethan era, this is an odd response. Juliet appears to be dodging the question - her mother and Paris's. What's her angle? Has she said "no" in a diplomatic way, or has she actually agreed to the engagement? She says nothing else on the subject, except: Translation: "I'll take a look at Paris, and I'll try to like him and won't look anywhere that you say I shouldn't." ...read more.


Because she is a servant and has the lower class, she is portrayed as a bawdy and humorous character. Though she is essentially a good person and extremely devoted to Juliet, the Nurse tends to babble inappropriately, and her language is frequently laden with sexual innuendo. She talks too much, is constantly throwing her two cents into a situation, and is frequently the target of ridicule. Nonetheless, she is a God-fearing woman who aspires to do the right thing. The Nurse's sole desire is to make Juliet happy. Having lost her own daughter (who was Juliet's age) and husband, the Nurse has devoted her life to Juliet's care. She loves her as a daughter. Juliet actually seems closer to the Nurse than she is to her own mother. Certainly, she turns to the Nurse for help. Lady Capulet is aware of the closeness between her daughter and the Nurse. When Lady Capulet wishes to discusses Paris's marriage proposal with Juliet she first asks the Nurse to leave. ...read more.


Lady Capulet seems to lack all the maternal feelings towards her child. The only one who seems to act like a real mother to Juliet is the nurse. During the time the play was set, a mother would bear a child and find a nanny who would take care of the child, change the child's nappies, put the child to bed and do the normal things a mother would do today. The only time the parents would see their kids would be at breakfast, dinner or dinner or when they had finished attending to their social lives. This is how Juliet grew up and influences Lady Capulet's attitude towards Juliet. When Juliet begs her mother to delay the marriage, she dismisses her in a cold manner. Juliet: is there no pity in the clouds that sees into the bottom, of my grief, Oh sweet mother cast me not away, delay this marriage for a month, for a week, or if u do not, make that bridal bed in that dim monument were Tybalt lies. Lady Capulet: Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word, Do, as thou will, for I have done with thee. ...read more.

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