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Which character, Romeo or Juliet, matures more during the course of the play?

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Introduction

Which character, Romeo or Juliet, matures more during the course of the play? The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare in the 1590's. One of his most famous plays due to the renowned balcony scene; it is a story of two star-crossed lovers, who in the end take their lives because they cannot be together. The Montagues and Capulets have been enemies since so long ago that it is referred to as "ancient" in the prologue, and it is because of this grudge that the play ends with the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Juliet is the daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet. Brought up by her Nurse, we see a girl blossoming into a woman in the space of five days. Although many aspects of her character change, some aspects also stay the same. She is extremely beautiful, and this is evident as both Romeo and Paris fall in love with Juliet on sight alone. Paris proposes marriage to Juliet through her father before they are even introduced, and Romeo is "bewitched by the charm of her looks". Her beauty inspires some of Romeo's most famous poetry: "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!" ...read more.

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However, that night, she meets Romeo and falls in love; and everything changes. She begins to act and think for herself, and by the end of the evening, she has taken her future into her own hands, and has become engaged! At this point, we can see that she is practical but idealistic. She knows there are problems in the world, but she is confident that love can conquer them. For Juliet, marriage and sexual awakening are the bridge between childhood and adulthood. Before her wedding night, sees herself standing between the impatient child she still feels like, and the married woman she is to become. Even though she's still she's still living at home, she gives her loyalty to Romeo over her family, even after he's killed her cousin, Tybalt. At the beginning of the play, Juliet still minds her nurse, but by the end, she's outgrown her. The nurse cannot understand the seriousness of Juliet's dilemma, and the young woman must make adult decisions by herself. The best mark of Juliet's maturity is that she's strong enough to be true to herself and to Romeo, even though everyone's against it and the cost is very high. She's no longer an obedient girl, but a young woman who has taken charge of her own life. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo on the other hand drowns his sorrows in Friar Lawrence's cell, and this may seem somewhat selfish as he is not doing anything to try and make the time he does have with Juliet special. When he hears that Juliet still loves him and wants him to come to her that night, he springs back to action. After his wedding night, he is more mature and more himself than before. We see that he's accepted his banishment and is willing to act on it; his words of love to Juliet as he leaves are breathtakingly beautiful. He's become a man of action, and he doesn't hesitate to act for the rest of the play. Romeo is ironically most himself in the tomb. At the time of his death, his words and actions fit together perfectly. He tells us what has brought him to this point; he tells us what he's going to do and why his love for Juliet has transformed him from a boy who talks in clich�s to a man with a powerful command of speech. It's tragic that when his love is deepest, there will be no real use for it; when his speech is most mature, he will soon be silenced. He has found himself, only to kill himself. In this death, we watch the world lose a fine man. by Sheelna Gada 11F ...read more.

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