Juliet Capulet and Her Relationship to Romeo in Act 3 Scene 2

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Juliet Capulet
and her relationship to Romeo in Act 3 Scene 2

Assignment for Literature 1
2012/2013

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Juliet
O serpent heart, hid with a flowering face!
Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?
Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical!

My husband lives, that Tybalt would have slain;
And Tybalt’s dead, that would have slain my husband.
All this is comfort. Wherefore weep I then?

In my essay I aim to characterize Juliet’s relationship towards Romeo based on an excerpt of the play, namely 3.2.73-107. I will outline features of Juliet’s role in the play and contrast and compare difference of opinions between Juliet and her Nurse. Furthermore, I attempt to interpret the language Juliet uses to express herself in the passage. I consider this particular scene when Juliet learns about Tybalt’s death and Romeo’s punishment to be an opening of the second and last part of Romeo and Juliet. What until now appeared to be a lighthearted comedy has turned into a pure tragedy. “For up to Mercutio’s death Romeo and Juliet is a romantic comedy. After it, it becomes a tragedy. The comic brawl that opened the play has been transformed by death.” This change has been undoubtedly brought forth by the death of Mercutio and the consequent death of Tybalt which resulted in Romeo’s banishment. We can see Juliet grow emotionally throughout the play as a whole but I believe that is also the case in this particular passage. Juliet only appears in one scene (1.3) before she falls in love with Romeo, that is before she starts growing as a character. Up to this point, she has not been prominently featured and as a result she seems to be more of an underdeveloped background character. From the few things we learn about her, we get the impression of Juliet being an innocent but naïve girl, completely obedient to her parents , which is probably partly due to her very young age and lack of experience. Nevertheless, her role in the...
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