The Character of Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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The Character of Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' written by William Shakespeare, the character Juliet progresses throughout to become a mature and wise young lady. Shakespeare emphasises on key moments, using varied linguistic techniques to develop the feeling of the scene.

In act I scene III, The audience's first impression of Juliet is that of an innocent, naïve girl, who has barely thought about marriage. "It's an honour I dream not of." This creates audience sympathy for Juliet, due to her innocence. Even in one of the opening scenes, Shakespeare raises the issue of arranged marriages. A feminist critic agrees with this view. "The play
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This makes us feel that Juliet is involved in the magic of the country and easily influenced by the mystery and beauty associated with love. Also, Juliet is seen as an atypical sixteenth century woman, she has been sheltered from men for almost her whole life. This makes them seem much more intriguing and special to her.

In act I scene V, the main linguistic device used by Shakespeare to portray the immediate love that forms between Romeo and Juliet is the sonnet (L.90 - 105). Traditionally the poetic form of the sonnet was used by men to woo women and Shakespeare uses it here. Romeo shows tones of adoration, and uses religious imagery and metaphors to show his love. "My lips two blushing pilgrims." Romeo is charming and Shakespeare puts this across well. Juliet is exquisitely poised and calm in her replies. "Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much" She shows strength, wit and intelligence. Her speech shows understanding of her own feelings and a knowledge of her own heart. The religious imagery and metaphors give the effect that love is a strictly religious act, and should be treated accordingly. The sonnet shows through religious imagery, formality and mutuality the exalted nature of their love.

These ideas of love are also seen in other texts of the time. A strong example of this

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