William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay

1555 Words Jun 6th, 2016 7 Pages
William Shakespeare, despite cultural norms and stereotypes of his time, wrote highly intelligent, clever, and self-aware female characters: sometimes more so than their male counterparts. In those cases, the women serve as teachers for these men in various situations and capacities. Whether they are successful in their education is debatable on a case-by-case basis, but the intent is a common thread in the bard 's works.
Juliet, of Romeo and Juliet (Rom.), is the most subtle of these women. She has reason to be worried about Romeo’s love or, more specifically, the capricious nature of that love. When Romeo enters the play he is sick with love for Rosalind, going so far as to say that he is grieving and going mad (Rom. 1.1.186-194), but he rebounds instantly when he sees the daughter of Capulet.
He is reckless in his instantaneous infatuation, risking his life to see her once more after the party in ‘the balcony scene’. Juliet, however, is careful and intellectual with her attraction. When Romeo is reckless enough to visit her, despite how “The orchard walls are high and hard to climb, / and the place death, considering who [Romeo] art” (Rom. 2.2.63-64), Juliet is quick to point this out.
Similarly, when Romeo approaches with grand declarations of love, Juliet sees that this ‘love’ at first sight “is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden” (Rom. 2.2.118). Juliet is young and inexperienced in ways of the world, as well as the ways of love. Despite this, she is able to see the…

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