Romeo And Juliet As A Comparative Essay

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The Atypical Woman

The female protagonists of both Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet” and Forster’s A Room with a View have shown themselves to be strong women in a dramatic situation revolving their relationships, as well as their own lives. Lucy Honeychurch and Juliet Capulet have qualities that demonstrate their independent thoughts, as well as their atypical beliefs for their society. While they have many similarities, they may vary in their environments and their own self-reflection. Lucy and Juliet demonstrate themselves in similar roles, with varying aspects in their interactions and personalities that impact their decisions and role in their societies.
Miss Capulet, and Miss Honeychurch share many traits that shape them …show more content…

Despite their similarities, the two women are different in some aspects of their personalities. For instance, Juliet is aware of her feelings for Romeo, “My only love, sprung from my only hate” (I.5.139). Meanwhile, Lucy is unaware of her feelings towards George, as well as her own feelings in general. She hides her affections for him, even to herself. “She compelled herself to confused remembrances of George: he was nothing to her; he never had been anything… The armour of falsehood is subtly wrought out of darkness, and hides a man not only from others, but from his own soul” (Forster, 150). Furthermore, Juliet appears to be passionate in her love, while Lucy appears to be the calm person in the relationship. Juliet immediately jumps to the idea of marrying Romeo after seeing him twice, meanwhile Lucy is hesitant and takes her time to figure her mind. The age difference between the two women, one being in her mid-teens, the other in her early twenties can explain the variety in their love.
Alongside similar personalities, the two women face similar challenges and people in their life. They are both women who are controlled by members of their family whom are older than them. Charlotte is controlling Lucy, first as her chaperone on her trip to Italy, and then being controlled because Charlotte knew her secret, and was telling her what to do because of the kiss. “How are you going to stop him talking about it?” (Forster,

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