Juliet's maturity

Essay by filiptoJunior High, 9th gradeA+, March 2006

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Juliet is the main female character in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". Juliet, a young Capulet, who is only thirteen, begins the play as a naive, obedient and immature girl who hasn't experienced love until she meets Romeo. Her true love to Romeo, her wedding and the plan with Friar Laurence makes her to grow up quickly and to mature at the end of the play.

Juliet is immature, so her parents control her. In the family, Juliet doesn't have the right to control her marriage or her life. Her mother asks her to marry Paris (a highly respectable man) to gain higher reputation, wealth and to be in the higher society. Also her father, head of the Capulet, told Paris that she is too young to get married, "My child is yet a stranger to the world" (1.2.8), "Let two more summers wither in their pride ere we may think her ripe into a bride."

(1.2.10-11). Juliet's mother told Juliet the news about Paris' proposal. Juliet wished not to marry him, but she is submitted to her father's arrangement. All evidence suggests that Juliet is not yet physically and mentally developed to marry with Paris.

The turning point of Juliet's maturity is at the time when she meets Romeo at the feast. They fall in love at first sight, and they plan to get married. At this point, Juliet becomes more mature because she has her own opinions of her future and she strongly decides to marry Romeo. Her control of her marriage leads to maturity. The nurse always talks of vulgar jokes in front of Juliet. It passively makes Juliet more aware of wedding and real (sexual) life.

The betraying of the nurse and Lady Capulet strengthens her independence. When the nurse and Juliet's mother suggest she...