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The Character Of Juliet In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The Character of Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare reveals a complex character, Juliet, who has a multifaceted personality. Even so, the essence of Juliet's identify is her youth. Her inexperience gives her a lovable freshness. This is first demonstrated in the famous balcony scene when she is talking to herself. Her question, "What's in a name?" suggests a very childlike quality. It's her way of paraphrasing the question, "Why?" Children often ask this question without even thinking about it. As the scene progresses, she proposes to Romeo. She is so artless and untraditional in this regard. Nowadays, society has given women more freedom and independence. Back then, a woman proposing marriage was unheard of. Through this encounter between Romeo and Juliet, we see Juliet's innocence in the way she responds to her first true love. Their poetic words are simple yet sincere, sweet words spoken in total honesty from the depths of their souls. New to love, Juliet found it difficult to express her feelings to Romeo. Had he no overheard her private thoughts in Capulet's orchard, Juliet most likely would not have been able to say those things to his face.

Later in the play, Romeo says, "Now I have stained the childhood of our joy." He recognized the purity of their love. Perhaps this is why Juliet devotes herself so entirely to him without any doubts. She has childlike faith in him. In that way, her love for him was blind. Ever the optimist, she still believes Friar Lawrence's plan will work despite all the possible catastrophes that could occur. For her, love will always triumph over hate. There's no reason for her to believe otherwise. Her youthful nature is shown again through her impatience. Waiting for the nurse to come back, Juliet is anxious and frustrated. The second the nurse returns, she demands to hear of the news. This shows somewhat of a character flaw as she is only interested in instant...

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