Juliet Undergoes A Change Essay

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Transformation is the changing of the personality or character. It is a fundamental change throughout a period of time. Over the course of a lifetime, everyone experiences transformation as they move into each new phase of life. Usually these changes take years, but sometimes one significant event forces and individual into the next phase. An example of one such sudden change is seen in the tragic love story Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. A character in the play named Juliet acts as an immature young lady who depends on those around her. Throughout the play, her love for Romeo transforms her into a mature grown woman.Throughout Act 1, Scene 3 Juliet appears to be dependent, immature, and sheltered from the outside world. She depends on her parents for guidance and support and does what she is told. "Madam, I'm here. What is your will?"(1,3,7). When Juliet speaks these words she expresses that she is willing to obey her parent's wishes. When Lady Capulet asks Juliet about marriage,"How stands your disposition to be married?" (1,3,70), Juliet replies, "It is an honor that I dream not of."(1,3,71) Uninterested by the idea of marriage and its meaning, Juliet is willing to do what her parents desire. So when Lady Capulet asks Juliet if she would be willing to marry a man she has never met before, "The valiant Paris seeks you for his love" (1,3,79-80), the idea of disobeying her parents does not remotely cross Juliet's mind. When she is told to do something or act upon something she does.I'll look to like, if looking liking move.But no more deep will I endart mine eyeThan your consent gives strength to make it fly.(1,4,103-105)At this point in Juliet's life, she is not ready to give up on her parents for their guidance and endorsement. She depends on them to make her decisions for her and plan her future.In Act 1 Scene 5, Juliet starts to move toward her independence but still shows dependence. Once Juliet meets Romeo, her actions change. Juliet allows Romeo to kiss her without her parents' permission. "Then have my lips the sin that they have took." (1,5,119) After Juliet receives her kiss from Romeo, she asks him to kiss her again, "You kiss by th' book."(1,5,122) Juliet continues to show dependence in this Scene. As Romeo leaves the Capulet party, Juliet asks the Nurse what the boys name is walking out the door,"Go ask his name. If he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding bed."(1,5,148-149). As Juliet seeks independence she finds herself becoming more mature and self governed in her actions.Throughout Act 2, Juliet finds herself increasingly more independent and mature. In Act 1, Juliet's feelings and actions were dictated by her parents. In Act 2, Juliet's feelings are governed by herself. For example, when Juliet is speaking to Romeo over her balcony she acts very mature and makes adult decisions. She finds herself doing what she wants to do for Romeo and with Romeo without her parents say,O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou...

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