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Introduction

Introduction At the start of the play Juliet is a Capulet and she is quite a gentle person and she is a sweet young girl but when the story progresses she meets a young boy called Romeo and she immediately falls in love with him. When she finds out that Romeo is part of the rival family of Montagues and her character changes from someone who is loyal to someone who is self determined and eventually sacrifices her life for her love. Act 1 scene 3 My first impression of Juliet is that she is not at all close to her mother but she is respectful to her and she will obey her, this suggests that she obeys authority, she knows her place. You can tell that she is very shy of marriage as she says on line 66, 'It is an honour I dream not of' Being a young lady, she expects perhaps that it is her destiny, but she does not desire it. However, her mother asks her to look at Paris with a view to marrying him at the Capulet ball. Juliet out of respect for her mother agrees "I'll look to like, if looking liking move. ...read more.

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Act 3 scene 2 Romeo gets into a fight with Juliet's beloved cousin, Tybalt and Romeo kill's Tybalt and when Juliet first finds out about it she is very upset, which can be understood as he was her cousin but then when she finds out that Romeo killed him she is even more worried that Romeo might have been killed as well 'Is Romeo slaughtered? And Tybalt dead? My dearest cousin, and my dearer lord?' But then she finds out that Romeo is banished but he is still alive, but she is still very upset however she manages to cope with it. Act 3 scene 5 When Juliet is ordered to marry Paris she obviously is not willing to go through with the marriage and she asks her mother to delay the wedding 'Delay this marriage for a month, a week'. She also mentions that if it is not delayed she would rather die than go through with it 'Or if you do not, make the bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies'. Act 4 scene 1 Juliet goes to the friar because she has been ordered to marry Paris when she has already got married to Romeo and she is worried about what she will do. ...read more.

Conclusion

The audience by this stage know Juliet so well, the fact that she has so few words has a greater impact on the audience 'This is thy sheath; there rest, and let me die'. In my own opinions I think that Juliet's character has changed dramatically from the start of the play when she was just a young girl who obeyed her mother and father. Juliet was not really interested in love but then she met Romeo and her whole life changed around and she changed from an innocent little girl into a mature lady. Some of the speeches that were coming out of Juliet as she met Romeo were very Romantic, poetic and religious in some cases, this created a picture in my head of what Juliet was like. Throughout the play most of the characters thought of Juliet as a polite young girl who always obeyed her parents and none of the characters thought that she was going behind her parents back to purposely marry Paris. I feel that both of the films portrayed her powerfully because I think it was very clever and powerful how she took the poison even though it could have killed her or not worked and she didn't even think twice about killed herself. ...read more.

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