Romeo And Juliet Essay

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Romeo And JulietIn this essay I will explore how Juliet transforms from an obedient, nondependent child into a very independent mature young woman. I will focus on the soliloquy and discuss how the audience relates to dramatic Juliet as Shakesphere dramatically develops her character.Romeo and Juliet is the story of two 'star crossed lovers' united by love and divided by their feuding families. Their tragic deaths caused are by the eternal love they have for each other against the impossibility of a happy life together, because of a family feud.At the start of the play Juliet is very innocent and naive. She has no experience of the world and accepts everything she is told. She has no personality of her own, as she has been protected from everything that could make a negative impact on her life. Juliet obeys her mother and when her mother mentions marriage she accepts dutifully."I'll look to like, if looking liking move; but no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent gives strength to make it fly." she responds. Juliet has no personality or independence, so when her mother speaks of about marriage she has no feelings towards it other than if her mother wants it then that is what will happen. This is a surprising attitude to have towards such a big event; she shows very little emotion or feelings towards it. Juliet is very young and at the start of the play that is evident but as the play progresses it is harder to accept that she is so young as Shakespeare transforms her character.The first time the couple meet is at the Mask ball held by the Capulet, Romeo sneaks in to the ball in disguise and as it as a masked ball no-one suspects that he should not be there. At the ball Juliet meets Romeo, after catching sight of each other at the ball. The couple are star-struck, it is love at first sight. The couple, after seeing each other through the crowds look for and finally find each other. Shake sphere uses light imagery in the play; the light represents their love in the play, a contrast to the dark feud. Their first conversation up to their first kiss in the play is spoken as a Sonnet, which is an Elizabethan love poem. It shows that just though meeting each other they are transformed. They both mature and their language is more in depth and developed. They also think for themselves and a re not worried about what other people think. Juliet is transformed by her love for Romeo and him in her comment,'Saints do not move through grant for prayers sake'. In the sonnet, Juliet acts as a saint and Romeo as pilgrim.When Juliet finds out that Romeo is a Montague she is not put off. She loves Romeo and not even the feuding families could taint that love. When Juliet finds out his identity she says,"If he be married my grave is like to be my wedding bed". This is dramatic irony because later in the play, unknown to Juliet this will come true. The audience no the truth so this adds dramatic element and helps the audience identify with Juliet's...

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