How Did Romeo And Juliet Change

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Romeo & Juliet In William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, both the eponymous protagonists develop throughout the course of the play. Particularly Juliet changes from a naïve girl who obeys her parents and believes love can be controlled, to a defiant girl who is devoted to her only love: Romeo. I am going to explore how she changes and what the catalyst is for this transformation. From the outset the initial impression that we get of Juliet is that she is absolutely obedient towards her parents, “Madam I am here. What is your will?” [I, iii, 7]. Shakespeare uses this small sentence structures to show that she is very honest. This shows she is honest because she is saying it very clear and straight to the point. This quotation also…show more content…
Shakespeare proves that the protagonists are equal by giving them equal lines in the famous “Pilgrim Sonnet”. When Romeo and Juliet meet they speak just fourteen lines before their first kiss. These fourteen lines make up a shared sonnet between them, that changes everything. After Juliet had met Romeo everything starts to change. She is completely unable to control her feelings for her only love, “I must love a loathed enemy” [I, v, 139]. The way that Shakespeare uses “must” is very interesting because although the households are enemies she must go against her parents will because she loves Romeo. No longer did her parents support her instead she was rejected. When Juliet rebels against marring Paris, “He shall not make me a joyful bride” [III,v,117]. Lord Capulet becomes enraged of this defiant behaviour, “An you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend / an you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets, / For, by my soul, I’ll ne’er acknowledge thee” [III, v, 192-4]. This shows that Lord Capulet her own father would rather her dead than to go against his will. Also her mother speaks as if Juliet was some unwanted item that was no longer necessary, “Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.”
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