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

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To what extent has Juliet grown since the start of the play? The play "Romeo and Juliet was written in approximately 1595, by William Shakespeare. It is set in Venice, Italy, in Venetian society women played little role in anything other than to be a wife to their husband and a mother. This is why many Venetian women married at such an early age. The play is about 2 families whom are separated by a long forgotten ancient feud. Throughout the play of 'Romeo and Juliet' we see Juliet emerging as a woman. There are many people that influence this growth. However there are also many people which inhibit and even try to prevent her from growing from a child into a woman. Romeo encourages Juliet to grow and develop into an independent woman whereas Juliet's parents and Paris try to prevent Juliet from growing independently. Her parents try to govern Juliet's life by making all of her decisions for her. Fate also plays a very important role in the ways that Juliet grows and emerges as a woman. In Act 1 Scene 2 Paris asks Capulet if he can marry his daughter Juliet. However, Capulet is rather reluctant to let Juliet marry at such an early age as "She hath not seen the change of fourteen years". He thinks that because Juliet is only 14 years old she is too young for the responsibility of marriage. Capulet then tries to persuade Paris that Juliet is too young. Nevertheless, in response Paris says that, "Younger than she are happy mothers made." This conversation tells us that Capulet is trying to delay the marriage between Juliet and Paris whereas Paris is trying to rush the marriage. Marriage for Paris is a simply utilitarian, he wants to marry Juliet so that she can be the mother of his children, he does not care for the fact that Juliet may have no or little feelings for him. ...read more.


She tells him that her love is boundless, that there is nothing that she would not do for him. When Juliet is trying to persuade Romeo to marry her she urges him not to "swear...by the inconstant moon". If you swear by the moon your love may be inconstant and it may wane as the moon is forever changing its shape. She tells Romeo that he is the "god of my idolatry", that her world revolves around him. Juliet then tells Romeo that she thinks that the night's passion had been "too rash, too unadvised, and too sudden", to make a decision about their future that night. She describes their love, as "too like the lightening" it is too sudden and unreal. Romeo tells Juliet that he feels he has been left "so unsatisfied", he wants an "exchange of...love's faithful vow". Juliet replies saying that, "I gave thee mine before thou didst request it". With that, Romeo seems a little more satisfied. Juliet goes on to tell Romeo that for "thy purpose of marriage send word tomorrow". The only person Juliet tells of this secretive arrangement is her nurse, who really has been more of a mother to Juliet than her actual mother has. This shows us a fracture beginning to form between Juliet and her parents. In Act scene 2, we have seen Romeo go to Juliet's house with the intent to see her. He does see her and they exchange vows of love and agree to send each other word of their marriage. This is one of the scenes in the play which clearly show Juliet pulling away from her parents control, she has begun living her own life and making her own decisions without consulting her parents. Act 2 Scene 3 is not really of any real importance's, it is the scene where the Friar and Romeo get together to organise the wedding. ...read more.


Lady Capulet would like her daughter to be married to such a "nobleman". However Juliet refutes her mothers proposal for marriage and says" I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris". Juliet says to her mother that she would rather marry their families great enemy and killer of her cousin then a noble man, unbeknown to lady Capulet Juliet is already married to Romeo. When Juliet finishes talking Lady Capulet replies only with "here comes your father, tell him so yourself". When Juliet starts to talk to Capulet we see a split and fracture between her and the adult world. There is a shift in Capulet's style and tone when he starts to speak to Juliet, he speaks to her impersonally in the 3rd person "God has sent us but this only child". When Juliet refuses to marry Paris, Capulet cannot understand why she would not want to as he is noble and a gentleman. Juliet then says to her parents, "Delay this marriage for a month, a week, Or if you do not, make the bridal bed In that dim monument where Tybalt lies". She says that if you do not delay the marriage, to make the bridal in the tomb, because she will be dead. Juliet's parents then abandon her by saying "Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee". The only person Juliet still talks to in the adult world is her nurse but even that relationship comes to an abrupt end when she offers no sympathy to Juliet. This leaves Juliet totally alone, she had been shunned by her family as she refuses to marry the county Paris, and her husband has been banished. Throughout the play we have seen Juliet change enormously, she has changed from a na�ve, gullible child to an independent married woman. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Charlotte Garrod 11WB ...read more.

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