The Change in Juliet’s Personality in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
At the age of fourteen Juliet was a young and naïve innocent girl.
However, during the play she matures emotionally and broadens her
ideas and her way of thinking. This vast and rapid change was a
consequence of her relationship with Romeo and there are many ideas
in the play which illustrate these points but it is through her
language that we can see these changes.
The prologue gives an outline of what is yet to come and explores
these ideas using metaphors and many linguistic devices.
“From ancient grudge break new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil
This shows the audience the basis of the story. Each line skips to a
different event such as
“ And the continuance of their parent’s rage, which but their
children’s end nought could remove.”
This suggests that each event happens quickly through-out the play,
showing changing events happen in a short period of time. The use of
the word “children” suggests that Romeo and Juliet are very young and
irresponsible, thus requiring the events to be fast to emphasise some
of the irrational decisions.
The secrets of the play are revealed in the prologue yet it also
gives many hidden depths.
“The which if you with patient ears attend, what here shall miss, our
toil shall strive to mend.”
These are left for the audience to ponder on and to await the
“…two hour traffic of our stage…”.
From the play we see that Juliet’s responses and actions to others
around her moulds her character. Juliet changes her approach to her
mother in the play. In her first appearance Juliet is found talking to
her mother and nurse; however, even though Lady Capulet called upon
her daughter, she directs her speech towards the nurse as though
Juliet is not there.
“We must talk in secret. Nurse come back again”- Act 1 Scene 3, line
This indirect speech between Juliet and her mother shows that there is
a distance between them and this is also shown further on into the
play as the nurse becomes even closer than before to Juliet.
Her mother brought up the topic of Juliet’s appearance to lead on to
the topic of marriage. Never the less Juliet, with a formal approach,
expresses that she is not yet longing for marriage.
”It is an honour that I dream not of” (Act 1, scene 3, Line 66)
While talking Lady Capulet asks the nurse if Juliet is at a pretty
age. This comment shows that Lady Capulet is not sure how old Juliet
is but thinks she is old enough for marriage. The nurse responds
telling the mother Juliet’s exact age. This response by the nurse
shows that the nurse is close to Juliet and in this scene the Nurse
appears as a motherly figure towards young Juliet. In this scene Lady
Capulet uses her authority and use of...