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Juliet's character development in Romeo and Juliet

A-Level: English

Title:  Juliet's character development in Romeo and Juliet
Description  Explores her character development in Shakespeare's play.
Word Count:  2400

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Act 1 Scene 5 In this is scene Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. You see that Juliet has developed a bit as a character. She is showing many ways of growing up and maturing. She is confused as she has just fallen in love, for the first time making it even more special and exciting special. She will also have to choose between Romeo, a Montague, and Paris which causes a lot of confusion and rebellion. Romeo and Juliet speak in a sonnet form, which is a 14 line love poem. She seems to act more grown up about the situation too, she is starting to be independent and think for herself. Act 2 Scene 2 This is the famous balcony scene. The beginning is a soliloquy, where Juliet thinks out loud to herself. She then starts to develop again, you see this because in this scene she is more practical and realistic, more grown up. Romeo is being very idealistic, “with love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls.” Showing how much he is in love with Juliet, willing to do anything just to see her and does not care about the consequences. Whereas Juliet is being more serious, every time he mentions his love to her she plays hard to get and starts to care about his safety and their situation. Then Juliet wants to take things into her hands, she says to Romeo that if he really loves her so much then they should get married, “ If that thy bent of love be honourable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow,” she is asking him to send her a message tomorrow to ask for her hand in marriage. All together you can see that Juliet has grown up, as after just one evening she has changed in so many different ways. Act 2 Scene 5 Juliet is now love struck and impatient, But she is happier and more excited. In this scene you can see that the Nurse is more like Juliet’s mum, this is because Juliet feels like she can talk to her about anything and can trust her and feels more comfortable around her. At the beginning of the scene you see how impatient Juliet is, “The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse.” This is another soliloquy, showing how impatient and anxious Juliet is, and how eager she is to her the news from the nurse. You also see Juliet’s emotions and feelings about Romeo, when she says about how can the nurse take so long, has she never been in love? Does she not know what it feels like? By making her wait so long. She then carries on talking about the age difference, “but old folks, many feign as they were dead, Unwieldy, slow, heavy and pale as lead” wishing that the nurse wouldn’t be so slow and lifeless and more active like young people. Juliet has grown in a vast amount over the past scenes, she is no longer the little girl she used to be, that wouldn’t know a thing a bout love nor care about it. She is now a mature young lady that has experienced love and knows what it feels like, and is facing problems like an adult, on her own, independently.

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