To what extent do Romeo and Juliet mature through the course of the play?

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To what extent do Romeo and Juliet mature through the course of the play?

Throughout the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ many characters experience significant changes bought about by extraordinary circumstances. In particular, Romeo and Juliet change considerably during the course of the play

Shakespeare presents Romeo at the start of the play as immature and often childish. In Act III Scene 1 Romeo kills Tybalt because he killed his friend Mercutio “alive, in triumph! And Mercutio slain! Away to heaven, respectively lenity and fire-eyed fury be my conduct now. This quote shows the audience that Romeo has a lack of mentality and violence is his only solution to mercutio death. Romeo is to be in love with Rosaline but soon realises Rosaline does not love him and Romeo becomes lovesick and acts immaturely toward Rosaline. Romeo states his love sick and sad feelings by saying “why, such is love’s transgressions. Grief’s of mine own lie heavy in my breast, which “though wilt propagate, to have it prest with more of thine. This love that thou hast shown doth add more grief to too much of my own (I: I, 33-39). This is an example of the immature and superficial love Romeo has for Rosaline and now his grieving. Romeo’s friend Benvolio persuades him to go to the Capulet ball where “sups the fair Rosaline” and “compare her face” and “I will make thee think thy swan a crow” (Act 1 scene 1). Benvolio is concerned about his dear friend Romeo and wants him to have a bit of fun by going to the Capulet’s ball but at the same time keeping an eye on other ladies and comparing them to Rosaline. Romeo agrees with Benvolio by saying “I’ll go along, however he believes he will “rejoice in splendour of mine own” (Act 1 scene 1).  Showing that Romeo doesn’t believe he will forget about Rosaline and thus become a more mature and dependable character.

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Juliet’s attitude towards her parents is very rational as her parents want her to get married to Paris and are very excited about it. But in return Juliet doesn’t show the same attitude to her parents as she does not want to get married (at least not with Paris). Juliet demonstrates her disobedience and lack of respect in the world, outlining her as not experienced and in many ways not dependant on her parents and nurses. Paris politely asks Capulet for her hand and would want Juliet to be mother as physically as possible.” Younger then she are happy ...

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