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Show how Juliet changes from girlhood to womanhood in the play. Pay particular attention to the way in which her language changes to reflect her development.

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Romeo and Juliet Show how Juliet changes from girlhood to womanhood in the play. Pay particular attention to the way in which her language changes to reflect her development. In every love story there has to be a heroine, two people falling in love, obstacles and a happy or tragic ending. Romeo and Juliet is a play, which has all these ingredients. This story has similarities to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Both are love stories, but Romeo & Juliet fall in love at first sight, whereas Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester grow to love each other as time passes. There are obstacles that block the lovers from having an easy, simple relationship such as Romeo and Juliet being separated by their families who despise each other, and in Jane Eyre when Mr. Rochester's secret mad wife stops him from expressing his love. Then at the end both stories have a happy but tragic ending. In Romeo and Juliet it is very sad but also happy as even though they both died because of the hate between the two families, their death brought the two families together. In Jane Eyre though the house burns down with Mr. Rochester's mad wife in it and he loses his sight, it does leave Jane Eyre and Mr. ...read more.

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She chooses Romeo above her family. In Juliet's next speech she finds out that Romeo is banished. As she speaks there are lots of words to do with either death, woe or suffering, this shows that she is extremely miserable and depressed. She would rather have heard that her mother and father were dead instead of Romeo being banished, " Why followed not, when she said "Tybalt's dead", 'Thy Father' or 'thy mother', nay, or both," This just shows how much Juliet does love Romeo who she met a couple of days ago, more than her own family, who she has known all her life. Meanwhile, as Capulet thinks that all the grieving is for Tybalt instead of for Romeo, he decides to cheer her up, he arranges for Juliet to marry Paris. Capulet thinks that Juliet is still the obedient child from the beginning of the play. He doesn't know how much she's changed, so thinks that Juliet would marry Paris if her father said to, " Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender Of my child's love: I think she will be ruled In all respects by me; nay more, I doubt it not." The morning after Romeo and Juliet have just spent their first and last night together, they swap roles, now it is Juliet who is being quite impractical and Romeo who is being sensible. ...read more.

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This shows that in the end she had no one at all to turn too. Her parents would have disowned her if she hadn't married Paris. The nurse thought it was right to marry Paris and to leave Romeo. Now Romeo is dead and the friar now too left her. The friar is like God, and so it's like God has turned his back on her. The only power she has left is to kill herself, and join Romeo in Heaven. As you read through the play, Juliet changes a lot. At the start she acts all innocent and wants to please her parents, but as the play progresses you see that she starts to mature. When she disobeys her fathers wishes you would think that she was a completely different person. She goes through a lot, at the end she can't handle anymore. At the beginning she is in control, but towards the end, when she is growing apart from her family, she starts losing control and gets hysterical at times. I think the characters are still relevant today as in many different cultures there are still arranged marriages, and children are being pressured into things they don't want to do. I think Juliet's love for Romeo was strong throughout the play, so much that she would die for him, which I think is true love. ...read more.

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