Juliet as Assertive and Rebellious in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Juliet as Assertive and Rebellious in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
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William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in 1595. Queen Elizabeth was on the throne at this time.

During Elizabethan times young women were expected to get married at the age of about 12-14, which today would be illegal in England. Women had very few rights, they weren't even allowed to act. When the play Romeo and Juliet was first performed the character of Juliet was played by a man.

Romeo and Juliet is about two families The Monagues and The Capulets, who are enemies. Juliet's parents (Capulets) have a party and Romeo and his friends (Montagues) gatecrash it. This is where Romeo and Juliet
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She is also showing her intelligence and demonstrating that she's not naive and not easy going. Romeo tries to kiss Juliet and she pushes him away so he declares, "Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?" [act 1, scene 5]

Juliet cleverly replies, "Ay pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer." [Act 1, scene 5] Persistently, Romeo still tries to persuade Juliet to kiss him.

Juliet is not worried about going against her parents' wishes because she feels Romeo is the one. I think she knows this by the kiss and her response to it "you kiss by the book " [act 1, scene 5] She is saying that his kiss was perfect, that she really enjoyed it and that she wants to kiss him again.

Later that night, after the party, Romeo sneaks into the orchard to see Juliet and they talk. Juliet as aim shows that she is assertive with Romeo. "If thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow". Juliet demands that if Romeo really loves her then he should make her his bride.

Disaster strikes when Juliet's mother and father go up to her room and tell her she has to marry Paris, "the county Paris, at St Peter's church, shall make thee there a joyful bride."

At that point, Juliet particularly shows her rebellious nature; she refuses to get married

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