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,
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This is the first time Juliet is experiencing "true love" from a guy that
is not her father. She says " Although I have joy in thee, I have no joy of this contract tonight:
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden." (II.II.115117) At first Juliet is oblivious to the
situation she is in. She sounds worried and wants to slow it down a bit. Shakespeare uses
synonyms of words meaning quick to show that she really is not ready for the things about
to come her way. A few lines later she says "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." (II.II.132134). She
changes very quickly, from going too fast to confessing her infinite love to Romeo.
Shakespeare uses simile to show how much Juliet "loves" Romeo. Now she changes from
a passive young girl to a sneaky, disobedient girl in love.
In act five scene three Romeo finds Juliet "dead" and kills himself because he thinks
she is really dead. When Juliet wakes up looking for Romeo, Friar Lawrence tells her he
just committed suicide but he would put her in a convent to protect her from her family.
Juliet doesn't agree and wants to stay behind when they hear people approaching. Her true
love just died and she is devestated, the last thing she would want to do is become a nun.
She says "I will kiss thy lips. Haply some poison yet doth hang on them. To make me die
with a restorative." (V.III.164166) Juliet wants to die too since her husband just did. She felt
as if she had nothing left. Then she says "O happy dagger. This is thy sheath. There rust,
and let me die." (V.III.168169) Juliet commits suicide because she would rather be with
Romeo in death than be alone on earth. Shakespeare used the oxymoron of a dagger
being a good thing to describe how willing Juliet was to die. She was consumed by love
and killed herself as a result. Juliet evolved from being clueless about love to violently killing
herself for the one she loves.
Juliet changes her state of mind drastically all because she fell for her first love too
hard. First she didn't want to get married, next she exchanged vows with a guy she just met,
and lastly killed herself because he committed suicide. Her foolish puppy love led to not
only her and Romeo's death, but four others as a result. Juliet was destroyed by love.