Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Throughout the play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Juliet Capulet views on love and marriage dramatically changes. In the beginning of the play Juliet has mixed feelings about love and marriage, but once meeting her “Star-crossed lover”, she changes the way that she feels. In the end, Juliet tragically kills herself once she realizes that Romeo killed himself. Shakespeare provides evidence for this change through Juliet's use of language, imagery, and dramatic irony in the play.
Juliet's first introduction was in Act 1, Scene 3, establishes the fact that she does not think about getting married, and love. Lord Capulet asks Juliet what she thinks about marriage and Juliet replies "it is an honour that I dream not of (1.3.67)." Later in the same scene, Juliet's mother asks her if she can "like of Paris' love(1.3.97)?" Juliet replies that she will "look to like (1.3.98)", but she does not use the word love. In Act 1, Scene 5, Juliet meets Romeo for the first time and he kisses her. At first she tries to avoid having him kiss her hand, playing with his imagery of the pilgrim and the saint, but she then allows him to kiss her. Juliet's interest in Romeo is different from the indifference she shows in 1.3, when she is talking to her mother. Juliet is beginning to consider love, because she is starting to fall in love with Romeo.
Juliet's soliloquy on the balcony reveals her true feelings towards Romeo. Juliet thinks she is alone, so she reveals her true feelings towards Romeo, but the audience knows that Romeo is listening to her talk, from a bush in the Capulets yard. Juliet dwells on Romeo's name and desire his company. Juliet said, "be but sworn my love (2.2.35)." and "be some other name (2.2.35)." She states that even with a new name Romeo would still have "dear perfection (2.2.46)." After Romeo reveals himself to Juliet, she worries about him and about the possibility that “thy will murder (2.2.70).” Juliet is referring to her family. Romeo, while in the same passage Romeo talks romantically to Juliet, and dwells on love, even though if the Capulets find him they will kill him. Then Romeo tries to give his vow of love to Juliet she stops him, worrying that it will be like "the inconstant moon (2.2.109)." and that Romeo will "prove likewise variable (2.2.110)." Juliet worries about how the great the advancement of their relationship is going, so she tries to say goodbye to Romeo for the night before they exchange vows, in the hope of allowing "this bud of love (2.2.121)." to become "a beauteous flower (2.2.122).” However, Romeo request one more thing from Juliet, that she state her vow of love towards him, and then she changes her mind about the relationship moving too fast, and gives Romeo her vow of love. Romeo’s love is such a great force on Juliet that she forgot about not giving her vow of love at that time. The balcony scene is Juliet's turning point in her opinion of love and...

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