Juliet's Growth Throughout William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
In Romeo and Juliet, there are many things that manipulate Juliet's
path of growth, in terms of mentality. This would include things
like:- The Nurse, Juliet's Parents, Romeo and Fate.
One of the most important issues in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is
that of choice. Do the characters have the ability to choose what they
want to do, or are they simply destined to take part in death and
destruction? There is more than enough evidence of both fate and
fortune in the play, and the presence of both greatly affects the
interpretation of the plot and the characters.
Fate, as a dominating force is manifested from the very beginning of
the play. Fate introduces the power of fortune in the opening prologue
when we are told that Romeo and Juliet are:
"star-crossed" (destined for bad luck) and
and that their death will end their parents' feud. Fate and fortune
are closely related in the play.
Our first impressions of Romeo, is after the fight between Benvollio
and Tybalt, we find that he is a very depressed young boy,
"Adding clouds more clouds with his deep sighs"
We can tell that he has fallen in love with someone else,
"with tears augmenting the fresh mornings dew"
From the way Benvollio and Lord Montague talk to each other Romeo is
very anti-social and melancholic because he,
"shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, and makes himself an
This tells us that Romeo likes to be alone in the dark because he is
"and private in his chamber pens himself"
After this in Act One Scene Two, we first hear of Juliet, although we
do not meet her in person, her father Lord Capulet and Young Paris, a
person who would like to marry Juliet, are having a conversation about
marriage of Juliet and Paris. At this point in the play, Lord Capulet
seems to be very defensive and over-protective for his daughter,
Juliet. This gives us the feeling that he believes that Juliet is too
young to marry,
"My child is a stranger in the world
She hath not seen the change in fourteen years
Let two more summers wither in their pride"
We now know that Lord Capulets perception of Juliet, is still as a
young child. Ironically, Lord Capulet comes out with this line,
"too soon married are those so early made"
This tells us that Capulet believed at this point that Juliet will be
unhappy if she marries at this age, the irony however, is that Lord
Capulets decision completely changes later in the play.
The next scene is where Romeo and Juliet finally meet. This is the
only scene, where the theme of love emerges, with no act of violence.
Romeo first impressions of Juliet are, that she is beautiful,
"for I ne'er saw true beauty till this...