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romeo and juliet chapter essay

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How does Shakespeare present the character of Juliet in Act 3 Scene 2 and Act 4 Scene 3 of 'Romeo and Juliet?'

In this essay I aim to show the way in which Juliet is presented from sections of Act 3 and Act 4.

In Act 3 Scene 2 Juliet is presented as excited passionate immature young and naive. She seems extremely confused and makes rash decisions.

Juliet is presented like this through quotes such as, "fiery-footed steeds". This quotation and use of alliteration gives the reader the interpretation that Juliet has immense lust and desire for Romeo. The alliteration is quick on the tongue and when read speeds up the act and creates tension.

A cluster of quotations in Act 3 Scene 2 which create numerous feelings of tension and desire are, ''Gallop pace", "Whip you to the west", "And bring in cloudy night" and "Spread thy close curtain". These quotations are imperatives that show Juliet's decisive and rash nature which highlights the haste of the affair with Romeo. Tension and desire are felt here as it is secretive.

Another example of danger which creates suspense is shown by the line ''matron all in black''. This quote symbolises the secretiveness of there relationship. The quote provides the audience from the word ''black'' the image of a relationship in the shadows. This hints towards the danger of there love and what the outcome might end up being.

Passion, desire and love are shown through the quotation, "Give me my Romeo, and when I shall die". This quote shows her desires and needs which is Romeo. This shows that she has seemed to come to turns with responsibilities but her maturity is let down by the words ''when I shall die''. These words shows she is certain of what she wants but isn't a very well thought out decision as she is still extremely young and is willing to give her life for him. This shows her naivety.

In Act 4 Scene 3 Juliet is shown as a much more matured. She makes more logical and less rash decisions. Even though she loves...

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