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Romeo and Juliet Outline the part played by Juliet and trace how she changes throughout the course of the play.

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Romeo and Juliet Outline the part played by Juliet and trace how she changes throughout the course of the play. Juliet is a young, innocent girl born into the Capulet household. We first hear about Juliet in act1 scene2 when Juliet's father, Capulet, is talking to Paris about marriage with Juliet. Paris is asking for permission to marry Juliet, but Capulet is unsure of this for he fears Juliet may be too young for marriage. He says to Paris 'Too soon marr'd are those so early made' suggesting he is saying Juliet has only just been born and so marriage is much too early for Juliet. I think Capulet is suggesting not only he is not ready for Juliet to marry, but she herself is not ready. The conversation with Capulet and Paris ends with Capulet organising a masque that night. Capulet says 'And she agreed, within her scope of choice, Lies my consent and fair according voice,' which implies Paris may have Capulet's permission to marry Juliet if she is willing to consider Paris as her husband. In act1 scene3, we meet Juliet for the first time. She is portrayed as a young, inexperienced girl. Lady Capulet, her mother and the Nurse who has looked after Juliet nearly all her life is talking about Juliet and marriage to Paris. ...read more.

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By this time we have seen a significant change in Juliet. She is feeling love and passion and she has never felt any of this before. This change in Juliet makes her seem more grown up and mature because this change in her life has nothing to do with her parents' decision. By act2, Juliet is certain Romeo is the one for her. She wants to marry him immediately and so she tells the nurse to arrange to meet Romeo the next day and find out his plans for the upcoming and secret marriage. This shows Juliet's love and eagerness to marry Romeo as soon as possible. Juliet has changed dramatically since we first met her. She spoke to her mother about not wishing to marry Paris as she has never thought of such things and now, suddenly she is desperate to marry Romeo. We see that Juliet has not fully thought of the consequences of marrying Romeo. The Capulet's and Montague's absolutely despise each other and both Romeo and Juliet's parents would be appalled if they found out that they wanted to marry each other. They also have not thought of what is going to happen after they have married. Even though we see a side to Juliet we have never seen before, we still see that she till has a brain of a child as she has not thought things out properly or in the way an adult would have. ...read more.

Conclusion

She threatens to kill herself and this shows how much she loves Romeo as she is willing to kill herself for him. Instead, Friar Lawrence offers her a remedy that makes her seem like she is dead. Juliet accepts and says she would do anything not to marry Paris when she says, 'where serpents are; chain me with roaring bears.' She also says 'O'ercover'd quite with dead men's rattling bones.' She is saying here that she would rather get into a grave with dead mans grave or be covered by serpents, and this shows how desperate she is to be with Romeo and not marry Paris. That night, Juliet prepares to take the remedy and also puts a dagger underneath her pillow just in case the remedy doesn't work. Juliet is buried as everyone thinks that she is dead. She wakes up to find Romeo lying next to her dead. She is devastated and tries to take the poison that her used from his lips to kill herself but it does not work so she stabs herself with a dagger. At the beginning of the play Juliet was a loyal, obedient and quiet girl. She had not experienced love or pain of this sort before. When she meets Romeo she then suddenly transforms into a young adult. She is still young but she starts to think more like an adult even though some of the decisions she makes does not entirely show this. ...read more.

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