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Romeo & Juliet

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Juliet a 13 year old girl, from a rich and powerful family called the Capulets. She was brought by a hired nurse from birth. An ancient grudge between the Capulets and the Montague's (another rich and powerful family) is still in dispute even now. At the beginning of the play we get the impression that Lord Capulet feels that Juliet is immature and na�ve because he doesn't feel Juliet is ready to get married to Paris. Then we learn Juliet is only 13 years old, but her mother got married at the same age. She is also disobedient to mother Lady Capulet because she wants Juliet to get married to Paris. But Juliet goes and asks Romeo to marry her, this seems to show her to be impetuous and immature. After Juliet met Romeo, Juliet seems impatient because she is waiting desperately for the Nurse to return. Also Juliet seems annoyed and frustrated because she hopes the Nurse is going quickly to Romeo but time is going slowly. Juliet seems nervous because she doesn't know if the news about Romeo is going to be good or bad. Overall this gives the impression of Juliet's naivety and immaturity. ...read more.


The other loyalty is to Romeo because she is married to him. We learn that Juliet is sad and extremely annoyed with Romeo because he has just killed her cousin Tybalt but she stays loyal to Romeo because they are married. Further on in Act 3 Scene 2 Juliet criticises the nurse for changes her opinion about Romeo because he killed Tybalt. This is because the nurse says 'No faith, no honesty in men; all perjured, all forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.' This shows that the nurse has changed her opinion from the of the play when she wanted Juliet to marry Romeo. After the nurse had finished criticising Romeo, Juliet defends Romeo by stating 'But wherefore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin? That villain cousin would have killed my husband.' Juliet says this because she would rather her cousin Tybalt be dead than her husband Romeo also Juliet asks herself a rhetorical question 'But wherefore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin?' because she doesn't know where Romeo is and if he killed Tybalt. At the end of Juliet's speech we feel sympathy because all she wants to do is consummate her marriage with Romeo but she can't because Romeo has been banished. ...read more.


Juliet says this because if Romeo doesn't come she might not have enough oxygen so she will die slowly and painfully. At this point in the play the audience feel sympathy for Juliet more than in Act 2 Scene 5 because she has gone through a lot of trauma at a young age and in a short space of time. Now we have reached the end of the play and Romeo has just taken the poison Juliet wakes up sees Romeo dead and with her last words states "O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust and let me die!" This is personification because daggers aren't happy and Juliet is describing herself as a sheath because she is going to commit suicide. During the course of the play Juliet has changed completely because at the beginning she was obedient to her mother and father, naive and immature now at the end of the play Juliet has now became disobedient to her mother and father, less naive and she has matured by becoming more independent and worldly. Hwk 21-11-07 Through Close Analysis of Shakespeare's Language, Show How Juliet's Character Has Developed During The Course of The Play Oliver Wiggins 1 ...read more.

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