Romeo and Juliet
At the beginning of the play Juliet is a child like innocent little girl. She does whatever her mother and father tell her to do, I can tell this by when her mother calls her she runs to her mother, and her first words to her mother are ” madam what is your will?” Here she expresses that she is ready to do as she is told. She knows nothing about the world. This is because she has been educated at home. If Juliet does need to go out of the house it is always with the accompany of the nurse or her mother. Juliet is very obedient to her father.
The first rapid change we see within Juliet, the innocent little girl. This happens the minute she meets Romeo. She turns really devious. This all happens after Juliet has kissed Romeo, he is about to set off home. Juliet wants to know what his name is, so she asks the nurse, the names of outher young men before actually asking Romeos name.
” What’s he that now is going out of door?”
” Marry, that I think be young petruchio”
” What’s he that follows there, that would not dance?” here she is referring to Romeo. When the nurse does not know his name Juliet sends the nurse to go and ask him. When the nurse returns she tells Juliet ” his name is Romeo, and a Montague, the only son of your great enemy”. This is the first step Juliet takes where she starts to develop her changes from an innocent girl to a young lady who has to make a decision for herself. This is where Juliet has to make a decision whether or not to for get Romeo or to still think of him knowing that he is one of her great enemies. This is also one of the decisions she has to make on her own, without her mother or anyone knowing.
Even though she is crafty Juliet is also rather levelheaded. She shows this when Romeo is deeply in love with Juliet and all he talks about in love non-stop. ” With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these, walls, for story limits cannot hold love out: and what love can do, that dares love attempt: therefore the kinsmen are no stop to me”. At this moment Romeo is just to deeply in love, and does not really think of what he is saying or doing. Whereas Juliet is more down to earth, and reminds Romeo if what danger he could be in.
” If they do see thee, they will murder thee”.
It is still the same night she met Romeo, Juliet turns from a child like daughter into a young lady who just does what she feels like doing. This happens when Juliet purposes to Romeo and asks him to send her his answer the next day. At this point Juliet does not really think of what she is doing, Juliet takes things into her own hands and does not bother thinking of the consequences. Juliet does not even ask anyone else before she asks Romeo to marry him, but instead takes matters into her own hands. One other thing that changes about Juliet is that she does not wait for Romeo to bring up the marriage, but brings it up her self. Which is unusual for the girl to be the one that suggests marriage.
After taking matters into her own hands Juliet also becomes very demanding, and impatient, something that you would not expect an naï¿½ve girl to be come like in such short time. ” The clock struck none when I did send the nurse:
In half an hour she promised to return” therefore here Juliet remembers how long the nurse had told she would take and Juliet had remembered, this also shows that Juliet has kept track of time and has been counting each minute the nurse has been. When the nurse does finally return with the answer Juliet does not lat her sit down knowing she is out of breath, she just wants to her the reply back. But the nurse who just wants to play around with Juliet gives her a hard time, by not telling her the answer. When Juliet says ” sweet, sweet, sweet Nurse, tell me, what says my love?” Repeating sweet three times Juliet sweet talks her way back to the nurse, which makes the nurse to give in.
Juliet becomes very romantic and, loving. This is another one of Juliet’s changes after she meets Romeo. ” But to be frank and give it the again:
And yet I wish but for the thing I have. My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep: the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite”. Juliet here is saying all this to Romeo and expressing her love to him, so much that she says ” my love as deep the more I give to thee” the more love she gives to Romeo ” the more I have for both are infinite” the more never ending love she holds inside her.
“Wilt thou be gone? It is not near day. It was the nightingale, and not the lark” this is when Romeo and Juliet have spent the night in Juliet’s bedroom, mourning has broke but Juliet denies that it is mourning when she says it was the nightingale the bird that comes out at night, and that it was not the lark the bird that comes in the mourning. So here Juliet denies that it is mourning because being with Romeo makes time fly past. Therefore this is where Juliet is not the sensible one, and this is the point where Juliet is in an adoring mood.
Juliet also shows integrity by saying no to her marriage with Paris. This is where she takes things the hard way. What she could have done she could have married Paris and forget all about Romeo as he was banished. But she loved Romeo and took the hard way.
There is another frantic change in Juliet. Being with Romeo has also made her very brave. The first brave aspect we see in Juliet is when she marries her father’s enemy’s son, Romeo. Knowing what can happen to Romeo and her she still takes the big step in marring Romeo. She is also exceedingly brave when she tells her father that she will not marry Paris. ” Not proud you have, but thankful that you have. Proud can I never be of what I hate, but thankful even for hate that is meant love.” This is the first time ever she has disobeyed her father. Making her point loud and clear in saying no to marring Paris.
She is also very brave when she takes the potion. At first she can’t wait to get her hands on the potion, ” give me give me”. Knowing the potion can go wrong and if she does wake before Romeo has got to her. ” When I am laid into the tomb, I wake before the time that Romeo comes to re deem me.” She still takes the potion for her loves sake. Again she is extremely brave when she kills herself when she sees Romeo dead on the floor Juliet sees the dagger as some sort of cover that will protect her from everything that is happing and take her to her Romeo ” O happy dagger! This is thy sheath, there rust, and let me die.”
On the whole I think Juliet does what she does because of the difficulties this feud has caused for her relationship with Romeo. I also think that it is good that Juliet changed throughout the story because if she did stay as an innocent girl she would have never gone as far as marring Romeo. Throughout the whole play every change that she made helped her in many ways. If Juliet did not turn crafty or disloyal to her father she would have never ended up dieing with Romeo.