The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare highlights Juliet Capulet as one of the main characters. She is an only child and the daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet. Juliet is only thirteen and has never really thought of love and marriage, but she is already betrothed at such a young age. Then she falls in love with Romeo Montague, who is the son of the Capulet family’s lifelong enemy, and her life is dramatically changed. Even though Juliet is just a young teenager, she is more than just a little girl with a pretty face. She knows what she wants; she’s very determined, loving, compassionate, loyal, courageous, and intelligent. Most people feel like the story ends there and that Juliet is a brave heroine willing to die for the love of her life. But there is another side to Juliet Capulet that should be uncovered. She can be very selfish, impractical, impatient, and also disloyal. Additionally, she could also be called a teenaged tramp or trollop.
The weaknesses of Juliet are what make this famous play more entertaining and interesting. As an only child of a privileged and wealthy family, she is much pampered, somewhat childish, and also slightly spoiled. Juliet even had a nursemaid that did everything for her and was always around when she was needed. She had never seen Romeo nor met him, but in Act I, Scene 5, she let him walk right up to her in her father’s house, take her hand, dance with her, and then even kiss her two times. That could be the very definition of a trollop. Then after Juliet kisses an unknown strange man, and this probably being her first kiss, she decides she wants to know who he is. She is very smart and stealthy by sending her nurse to determine the man’s identity with questions like “What’s he that follows there, that would not dance? Go ask his name. –If he be married. My grave is like to be my wedding bed” (1.5.132-135). Along with being devious and spoiled, Juliet is also very impatient. Act II, Scene 5,...
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