Juliet Character Development Essay based on the book Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare

Essay by kaylinnicoleJunior High, 9th gradeA+, October 2014

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Kaylin Alvarado

In life change usually is not overnight; it takes time for young people to mature into

adults. In the Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet", Juliet undergoes quick, extreme

changes from innocent to suicidal. The events that change her mind are Lady Capulet

talking to her about marriage, the balcony scene exchange of vows, and her suicide.

In the first act scene three, Juliet's mother Lady Capulet talks to her about her views

on marriage. Lady Capulet thinks she should marry at her young age now, because most

girls in Verona are already mothers at her age. Juliet answers with an innocent and naive

response, "It is an honour that I dream not of." (I.III.67) This is one of her very few lines in the

entire scene showing how submissive and innocent she is towards her mother and at the

beginning of the play. The quote reveals her young state of mind, not thinking about

marriage even though most girls are. Juliet also says "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."

(I.III.99­101) This means that she will look around at potential guys, but she will do nothing

more. This quote again confirms that she is not looking to marry anyone, anytime soon. At

this point in the play, she is a young girl clueless of what love actually is.

The second act scene two is Romeo and Juliet's exchange of vows. In the previous

scenes they meet and fall in love at first sight. When the ball ends Romeo goes on a search

for Juliet and finds her on her balcony. They confess their love for eachother after just

meeting not long ago. This is the first...