‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot,
Nor arm nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O be some other name!
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for thy name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
In the play’s beginning Juliet first appears in her bedroom when her mother is calling her to get ready for the Capulet’s big fancy dress party. The nurse is brushing Juliet’s hair and talking to her. Juliet is wearing a white gown for the party and puts wings on her back to be an angel. Lady Capulet introduces the subject of marriage to Juliet but Juliet does not seem very interested. “How stands your disposition to be married?” says Lady Capulet, “It is an honour that I dream not of.” Replies Juliet. Juliet seems to be purely an obedient, sheltered, naive child. Having not quite reached her fourteenth birthday, Juliet is of an age that stands on the border between immaturity and maturity. Though many girls her age (including her mother) get married, Juliet has not given the subject any thought. When Lady Capulet mentions Paris’s interest in marrying Juliet, she replies that she will try to love him. This response shows her immaturity in her conception of love.
Juliet’s first meeting with Romeo forces her toward maturity. Juliet soon learns from the nurse that Romeo is a Montague, The only son of the Montague family which they share a large Family Feud with. “His name is Romeo, and a Montague, The only son of your great enemy.” says Nurse. “My only love sprung from my only hate.” replied Juliet. Ignoring the danger, Romeo scales the Capulet's wall to be near Juliet, the woman he cannot forget. Unnoticed in Juliet's orchard, Romeo learns of Juliet's love for him. After declaring their...
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