Examining the Character of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Examining the Character of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare A wealthy girl like Juliet would be expected to obey her parents. Juliet would have to listen to anything her parents said. She would be expected to marry at a young age and carry on the family legacy. She would be married off to a rich husband, even though Juliet is about thirteen now, that is why her parents won’t marry her to Paris yet. Her father is also protective of her he says’ she is the hopeful lady of my earth,’ meaning he isn’t going to marry her to anyone she doesn’t consent to. She also lives in a patriarchal society, so she has to follow men’s rules. An Elizabethan audience would like stories that they…show more content…
Shakespeare also develops the character of Tybalt and the Nurse which extends the range of mood and attitude in the play, and achieves a dramatically effective contrast to Juliet’s character in the Nurse while Tybalt acts as a foil for Romeo and Benvolio. Also in Brooke’s poem Juliet is sixteen but in Shakespeare’s play she is thirteen. The tragicness of the story is how most things that happen in the acts, they are surrounded by death. There’s always some sort of fight between the Capulet’s and Montague’s. Tybalt kills Mercutio in Act three, and then also Tybalt is killed by Romeo which is another part in this tragedy. Romeo and Juliet’s passion and ‘wanting’ mood causes their death and others from their house. Shakespeare’s tragedies can be grim in their injustice, but they are not straight forwardly pessimistic, hopeless plays. Their love brings about reconciliation and peace at the cost of their death. The audience suffers because it wants a happy ending. In Romeo and Juliet it’s clear that the lovers have to die, that they are doomed. Shakespeare’s conception of tragedy in this early day depicts the lovers as the victims of circumstances. They are not responsible for their fate; a terrible succession of mischances destroys them. At the start, the chorus announces that we are to see a ‘pair of
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