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Romeo and Juliet charts Juliet's journey from subservient daughter to passionate lover

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9th March 2005 ENGLISH COURSEWORK: ROMEO AND JULIET RESPONSE By Sebastian Obracaj "Romeo and Juliet charts Juliet's journey from subservient daughter to passionate lover" Romeo and Juliet is a play based on a romantic tragedy, written by William Shakespeare. The play is about two star- crossed lovers who are each from two rival families who are in a civil war against each other in the Italian city of Verona. The play charts the journey of many characters whose experiences change them forever and make them different people. So in love are the lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, who also marry without the consent of their parents, that they actually end up killing themselves thinking it better not living then living separately. The play is based at a time when society was very patriarchal. This meant that men were seen as the heads of the family and the providers, whereas women were expected to cook and look after the house and have children. This is why the situation of Romeo and Juliet being married without their parents knowing, Capulet (Juliet's father) wanting her to marry the county Paris, Romeo being banished for killing the Capulet's kinsman and Juliet's cousin Tybalt so much more difficult for Juliet to handle. ...read more.


Juliet does not know yet about the fight between Romeo and Tybalt in which Romeo slew Tybalt. Through this we see a very in love Juliet who can only at that particular time dream of how much she and Romeo love each other and that nothing else matters in the world besides that. But then the Nurse comes bearing some bad news. Juliet's primary reaction is to interrogate nurse on the whereabouts of her husband, showing full devotion to Romeo. Nurse then tells her that 'someone' is dead and immediately Juliet thinks it is Romeo. But then eventually nurse clears it up by stating that it was Tybalt who is dead, Romeo who killed him, and that Romeo is now banished. Juliet then seems somewhat relieved even though her cousin has been slain. She tries to protect Romeo saying that had he not killed Tybalt, Tybalt would probably have killed him. Nurse is not pleased with this "Will you speak well of him that kill'd your cousin?" But Juliet still cannot speak badly of him as he is the man she loves and married. She is still however heartbroken at the thought of Romeo being banished. ...read more.


"How if, when I am laid into the tomb, I wake before the time that Romeo come to redeem me?" This is a very worried Juliet who does not know what to do. But it is her love for Romeo which gives her hope that it could work. She eventually takes the potion and falls asleep. The potion does work and Juliet escapes marrying Paris and is given a funeral and left in a tomb. Romeo however does not hear word of the plan and when he hears Juliet is 'dead', he buys some poison and takes it by Juliet's body and dies. When Juliet does wake she is shocked that Romeo is dead. Out of her love for Romeo she cannot stand living without him so she picks up a knife and finishes herself of alone. "O happy dagger, This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die." She kills herself, proving her undying love for Romeo. As a conclusion I will just add that Juliet's character has changed dramatically and she has most certainly become a passionate lover as she has actually killed herself in preference to living without Romeo. Her passion however does show courage, bravery, determination but above all love and devotion, to her husband, Romeo. ...read more.

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