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Character Development In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

702 words - 3 pages

Jene Weichenthal

Character Development Essay

The play "Romeo and Juliet", from William Shakespeare is a dramatic love story. The characters in this play have static and dynamic conflicts. Internal conflicts is a conflict where the person has trouble making a decision. External conflict is when a another person, society, or a situation gets in the way of the character. In this essay I will prove that Juliet is a dynamic character.

"What say you? can you love the gentleman? This night you shall behold him at our feast; Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face, And find delight writ there with beauty's pen; Examine every married lineament, And see how one another lends content; And what obscur'd in this fair volume lies Find written in the margent of his eyes. This precious book of love, this unbound lover, To beautify him, only lacks a cover: The fish lives in the sea; and 'tis much pride For fair without the fair within to hide: That book in many's eyes doth share the glory, That in gold clasps locks in the golden story; So shall you share all that he doth possess, By having him, making yourself no less." (Act 1, Scene 3, P.33)
This quotation shows a conflict that plays an important role in the play which is, when Juliet is forced by her parents to marry Paris. Her parents think that they can make every decision for her and they think it's good when she marries Paris. The problem is that Paris is older than her and she doesn't feel love for him. This is an internal situation because she is deciding what she is going to do. Is she going to go with the decision of her parents, or is she going to find an other way?

Juliet has another motivation that plays a big role in this play. It is the motivation when she first meets Romeo and she directly wants to marry him. Before she was still complaining that she didn't want to marry Paris but now she met Romeo. This is an external conflict...

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