William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet At the beginning of the play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is portrayed as
a totally obedient girl, especially towards her parents. This is
clearly depicted in her language. The pressures that she faces as a
girl living in the sixteenth century are also very clear, such as her
father. We do not see anything of him for a long time, indicating a
poor father/daughter relationship, yet he appears to make all her
decisions for her, and she always complies, one example being an
arranged marriage. Juliet changes dramatically the night that she
meets Romeo. One example of this being when she lies to her closest
ally, Nurse, when she walks in on her talking her thoughts for Romeo.
This is so significant as she has an excellent relationship with
Nurse, who is effectively her mother. As the play continues, Juliet
appears to spend more time alone, dedicated to her thoughts about
Romeo and the situations she finds herself in, given in the form of
soliloquys. She also starts to make use of oxymorons and irony,
displaying a changing character.
At the beginning of the play, the audience is shown Juliet's
personality, as well as seeing how Juliet is raised and treated.
Juliet is portrayed as a child who is extremely obedient and
constantly behaves in an exemplary manner. She seems overly obedient
and docile. This is largely due to the fact that she always does as
she's told (as she is used to being told what to do) and she does not
have a good relationship with her mother, yet it makes her seem too
docile and naive. Juliet doesn't have a very close relationship with
her father either. This is because there is very little contact
between the both of them and he always makes all her decisions for
her. However, Juliet seems to have a very close and intimate
relationship with Nurse, who is practically her mother as she is the
one who raised her and even breastfed her. Examples of her obedience
and immaturity are: "Madam, I am here. What is your will?" and "It is
an honour I dream of not". An example of her close relationship with
Nurse would be "And stint thou too, I pray thee Nurse, say I". The
audience will probably see Juliet as a child yet to realize how she is
smothered and who blindly agrees to everything she is made to do by
her parents, owing to her immature and naÃ¯ve character. During the
course of the play, the audience notices that this immaturity and
blind obedience to her parents will fades sharply away.
At the Capulet feast, a side to Juliet's character that has never been
seen before is finally exposed. It is obvious that she is captivated
by Romeo, and he by her: "O she doth teach...