The Girl With Many Responsibilities Essay

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In Romeo and Juliet written by Shakespeare, Juliet is a thirteen year old girl who has many responsibilities bestowed upon her. Within a five day span, multiple life changing events occur in her life. Romeo and Juliet get married within a few hours of meeting each other. While the lovers are enjoying their new married lives, Lord Capulet is arranging the marriage between Paris and Juliet. Lord Capulet feels they are perfect for each other.

Lord Capulet, a short tempered man, is the father of young Juliet. Lord Capulet has always been nurturing towards Juliet, since she is his only child. In the beginning of the book he believes Juliet is not ready for marriage, and she should wait until she is at least fifteen or sixteen. Multiple times Paris, a prince, has approached Lord Capulet asking Juliet’s hand in marriage. Lord Capulet has always pushed it off because Juliet is only thirteen. For instance, when Lord Capulet says to Paris “But saying o’er what I have said before. \ My child is yet a stranger in the world; \ She hath not seen the change of fourteen years, Let two more summers wither in their pride, \ Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.” (1.2.7-11). Lord Capulet seems to have made up his mind, but he has not. Near the end of the book, Lord Capulet arranges the marriage between Paris and Juliet. Lord Capulet and Paris shook hands, meaning it is a done deal. When Juliet finds out about the arranged marriage, she is deeply upset. Lord Capulet did not expect Juliet to react in such a manner, so he gives her an ultimatum. To become a beggar in the streets or marry Paris, she had to make a decision quickly. For example, Lord Capulet says a cruel line to Juliet “But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next \ To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church, \ Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither. \ Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage! \ you tallow-face” (3.5.158-162). Juliet decides to deal with the situation on her own, and that is an important factor of how she grows. As a result of the ultimatum, Juliet pretends to go along with the wedding. To get out of the wedding forever, Juliet creates a plan involving poison and a fake death. Juliet only wants to be with Romeo, and she will do anything to be with him.

On a Sunday night filled with dancing, Romeo and Juliet met at the Capulets party. Juliet is thirteen, and Romeo is around sixteen. Despite the age difference, the two are inseparable from the time they meet to their fateful deaths. One...

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