Romeo And Juliet Juliet:Character Development Essay

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Juliet,when we first meet her, is a 13 year old girl on the borderline of childhood and maturity. Over the course of the days to foll she develops into an intelligent, sharp witted woman because of the harships she has to face.When we first meet Juliet, she is portrayed as a submissive, obedient girl. When her mother asks her about her feelings on marriage she obediently replies 'I'll look to like....But no more will I endart my eye than your consent gives strength to make fly' (Act1 sc iii)Being a woman in an aristocratic family s she does not have the freedom to climb walls at midnight and engage swordfights. But when she experiences life outside the Capulet household she begins to develop into a courageous, strong young woman. She gives glimpses of her determination, strength and sober mindedness in the earliest scenes of the play and gives us a preview of the resolute woman she will soon become. When asked her opinion on marriage on marriage she smartly but obediently replies 'It is an honour I dream not of' ( Act 1 sc iii ) She again shows this innate sharp wit when Lady Capulet fails to quiet the nurses rambling yet Juliet does so in one sentence (Act1 Sciii)Juliet turns down the path directly towards womanhood and maturity when she meets Romeo. When she discovers he is a Montague she acts with wisdom beyond her years and she sees that the feud between the two families and the fact that Romeo is a Montague is irrelevant to the person Romeo is. ' Whats in a name? That which we call a rose by any other would smell as sweet' (Act 2 sc ii) This is another example of Juliets logical, rational thinking.Juliet's level headedness contrasts with Romeos rash decisions and tendency to over dramatise. She unlike Romeo sees the quick pace that their romance has made. '...too rash too unadvis'd too sudden' In despite of this, she is madly in love with him and shows great courage when trusting her entire future to him by proposing marriage.But her deep love for Romeo does not cloud her reason and logical thinking when Tybalt, who is Juliets cousin, is killed by Romeo. She is forced to choose where her...

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