The Character of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet


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The story of Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories of all time. The main character Juliet is a huge factor in the story. Juliet is a Capulet. The Capulets are enemies with the Montagues. Juliet’s family wants her to get married to a man named Count Paris, so they decide to throw a party so Juliet and Paris can formally meet and. Juliet meets Romeo at the party, and everything would be fine if Romeo wasn’t actually a Montague. Juliet really wants to marry Romeo and has fallen in love with him over night, but she hasn’t found out that he is a Montague.

Juliet, in this story is a 13-14 year old girl, and her parents want her to marry to up their social status and riches. Her parents really want her to marry a man named Count Paris for social “clout”. They throw a ball so Paris and Juliet can formally meet, but at this ball Romeo (Montague) spots Juliet, not knowing she’s a Capulet, and immediately falls in love with her. They meet and Juliet falls in love too. Tybalt spots Romeo at the ball where he shouldn’t be at because he’s a Montague and tells Capulet. Capulet lets Romeo stay because he’s not problematic. Romeo and Juliet formally meet and then the ball ends.

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Next scene is the famous “Balcony scene” in which Romeo goes and stands in the bushes and watches Juliet for some reason, I personally think that’s really creepy. But anyways, he goes to the balcony and talks to Juliet throw the bushes which, as she should, Juliet was creeped out at first until she realized it was Romeo. Then they kiss and plan to marry each other because Juliet is in love and doesn’t want to marry Paris. Juliet has clearly changed from the beginning of the novel to now, before she wasn’t interested in marrying at all but now she’s found Romeo and is just head over heels.

In act 3 Benvolio, Mercutio, and Romeo are walking around Verona until they come across Tybalt and his friends. Tybalt starts arguing and is just starting unnecessary drama with Mercutio, Romeo, and Benvolio. Romeo tries to not be angered by Tybalt because he is now secretly married to Juliet, Tybalt demands Romeo draw his sword. During this whole situation Romeo is not trying to fight Tybalt because he is now family with Tybalt, Tybalt just doesn’t know. Mercutio and Tybalt start fighting, Tybalt then stabs Mercutio under Romeo’s arm and kills him. In anger, Romeo declares his love for Juliet and Tybalt is enraged. Romeo and Tybalt then fight and Romeo kills Tybalt. Word comes out about Romeo killing Tybalt and Romeo is banned from Verona, if he returns, he will be arrested and most likely killed. Juliet finds out Romeo was banned from Verona and decides to drink a potion that will appear as she’s dead but is actually sleeping so she won’t have to marry Paris.

In act 5, Romeo describes a dream he had, Juliet had found him lying dead, she kissed him, and then breathed a new life in him. He decides he will return to Verona that same day. He goes to an apothecary to buy poison, the man at the apothecary wants to refuse to sell him the poison but is too poor to refuse the amount of money Romeo had offered for it. Romeo tells himself he will go to Juliet’s tomb and drink the poison. Friar Lawerence then discovers a plague had hit the city Romeo had been at, meaning the letter could not be delivered because the town was on quarantine. Romeo returns to Verona to visit Juliet’s tomb and drink the poison. When Romeo goes to Juliet’s tomb, Paris also walks in and tries to have Romeo arrested but Romeo then kills Paris. Romeo drinks the poison and dies almost immediately, Friar Lawerence walks in seconds after Romeo dies and wakes up Juliet. Juliet discovers Romeo and stabs herself to death. Obviously in this Act, Juliet has changed lots, she dies. In conclusion, this story is very tragic. 

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