Juliet's Change Throughout William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Juliet's Change Throughout William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

In every love story there has to be a heroine, two people falling in
love, obstacles and a happy or tragic ending. Romeo and Juliet is a
play which has all these ingredients. This story has similarities to
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Both are love stories, but Romeo &
Juliet fall in love at first sight, whereas Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester
grow to love each other as time passes. There are obstacles that block
the lovers from having an easy, simple relationship such as Romeo and
Juliet being separated by their families who despise each other, and
in Jane Eyre when Mr. Rochester's secret mad wife stops him from
expressing his love. Then at the end both stories have a happy but
tragic ending.

In Romeo and Juliet it is very sad but also happy as even though they
both died because of the hate between the two families, their death
brought the two families together. In Jane Eyre though the house burns
down with Mr. Rochester's mad wife in it and he loses his sight, it
does leave Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester free to have a relationship.
Like most love stories, the characters end up changing. Juliet changes
a lot though the play, at the start she is a very obedient and 'a
stranger to the world', but as time passes Juliet's language and
actions change and she becomes more mature. She is pushed away from
her family and is forced to lie to them to conceal her love.

When Juliet is first mentioned it is when her father is talking to
Paris about marriage prospects. Capulet is going on about how she is
so young and does not have experience, "She hath not seen the change
of fourteen years". Then later when Juliet is talking to her mother,
Lady Capulet "no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent
gives strength to make it fly." This means that Juliet is obedient and
that she will not do anything before her mother says to, and that she
wants to please her parents.

As we find out later in the play, Juliet isn't as obedient as she
seems. When Romeo and Juliet first meet they flirt with each other and
Juliet is enjoying it. As Romeo talks to her, saying that she is a
holy shrine and a saint, she plays with him, "Ay, pilgrim, lips that
they must use in prayer." Then she asks for another kiss, "Then have
my lips the sin that they have took". You wouldn't really expect this
from a girl who has just said to her mother, I will do nothing until
you say I can. Later as she asks the nurse for Romeos name she shows
that she is deeply in love, even though she has only just met him, "Go
ask his name. -If he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding
bed." Juliet thinks that she can't go back now " My only love sprung
from my only hate!"

The balcony scene shows that they would do anything for their love and
that they...

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