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To what extent has Juliet grown since the start of the play?

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SHARIFA SABIR ROMEO AND JULIET To what extent has Juliet grown since the start of the play? Romeo and Juliet is a play that was written by Shakespeare in 1595. William was born in 1564 and died in 1616 he was the third child of John and Mary Shakespeare. The first two were daughters and William was himself followed by Gilbert who died in 1612 and Richard who died in 1613. Other plays written by William are Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear. The prologue is used to summarise the events of the play. The first quote 'Two households both alike in dignity' tells us that both the Montagues and Capulets are both equal in wealth, social standing and status. We then find out that the play is set in Italy, Verona. The next quote 'ancient grudge' tells us that there is an old feud between both families and 'new mutiny' tells us that the conflict still exists. Then 'civil blood makes civil hands unclean' tells us that the hands are unclean because of the blood, and civil meaning both families born in the same country fighting each other. An important quote is 'fatal lions of these two foes' fatal being an important word as is suggests that the death of Romeo and Juliet had been pre-determined. Then 'star crossed lovers' which means that it was destiny, already written that death was Romeo and Juliet's fate. Another important quote is ' Doth with their death bury their parents strife', this is important because it tells us that Romeo and Juliet's death has broken that ancient grudge that was between the Montagues and Capulets. And the quote ' death marked love', which again tells us it was their destiny to die. In the play Romeo and Juliet we see how Juliet matures through out the play. There are many factors that affect how quickly she matures. ...read more.

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She then makes an initiative 'my ears have not yet drunk a hundred word' she is saying if Romeo was a drink she still needs to drink more. Then in line 94 she quotes 'if thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully, her Juliet initiates love urging Romeo to get married committed, this is a really important change in Juliet as she is becoming independent without her parents. Juliet then says 'O swear not by the moon th' inconstant moon that monthly changes in her circled ord.' Juliet is upset because Romeo has sworn by the moon that he loves her but she says the moon is not always there it changes shape. Juliet then quotes 'god of my idolatry' this is important because she is saying her world pivots around Romeo where as before it used to pivot around her parents and what they told her to do. She then quotes 'it is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden' she is showing signs of maturity and is being reflective. She then says 'too like the lightning' here she is saying love is too quick. Romeo them starts to talk about marriage and Juliet says 'I gave thee mine before thou didst request it and yet I would it were to given again ' she then says 'my bounty is as boundless as the sea my love as deep'. Juliet provokes and suggests that if their love is honourable then she'll send someone to him that can tell him, this is just like tragic irony as she follows him to death. Act 3 scene 1 is an important scene as here every think goes wrong. Benvolio , Mercutio, Romeos best friend, and Tybalt are arguing. Benvolio is the peacemaker Mercutio the aggressor and Tybalt provoke the fight. Romeo then enters and quotes 'Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such greeting....... ...read more.

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Here is where the split happens and Juliet is moving away from the adult world. In this scene we also see a shift in the tone and style of language. Capulets talks poetic then he starts to talk in third person this is symbolic of this dislocation relationship. Capulet then turn extremely angry and aggressive towards Juliet and Lady Capulet who he hits. Juliet says to her mother 'Or if you do not, make the bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies' this is ironic because it happens. Lady Capulet replies to Juliet by saying 'Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee' this is very important as Lady Capulet is saying do what you want I don't care Juliet has now lost both of her parents. She then turns to the nurse for help and advice but the nurse tell her to marry Paris. The nurse says 'your first is dead' this is ironic as it happens. Juliet has now been totally split from the adult world she has no adult to turn to for help. She starts being phycastic saying to the nurse 'Well thou hast comforted me marvellous much. Juliet then says 'O mast wicked fiend' she now sees the nurse as a wicked woman there is a dramatic change in their relationship. Juliet then says 'thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain' here she is saying the relationship between her and the nurse is broken. Throughout Romeo and Juliet we see a dramatic change is Juliets behaviour and the way she is. At first she is the obedient daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet she listens to what they say and does what she is told. She then turns in to an independent and mature woman who thinks for herself and does what she wants to do, this is because she finds Romeo and falls in love. She also turns into the wife of Romeo and then experiences divided loyalty between her parents and husband but is mature and rational about this and supports her husband. ...read more.

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