ROMEO AND JULIET CHARACTER ANALYSIS
Juliet is not 14, but nearing the age of maturity from immaturity. She is seen as a good willing, obedient child at the start of the play. She tries to love Paris, a man who Lady Montague arranged for Juliet. This however, is quite a childish in her ways of being obedient and she has an immature idea of love. She has no friends that share her age, and she is not comfortable being around conversations that are about sex. This is seen in Act 1, scene 3, when the nurse makes a sexual joke. Juliet gives glimpses of her willpower, strength, and strong-mindedness, in her initial scenes, and offers a partial view of the woman she will turn out to be during the four-day period of Romeo and Juliet. Juliet’s first meeting with Romeo drives her straight to adulthood. She is quite an independent young woman; she is able to pass judgment on Romeo’s rash choices and his tendency to imagine things. When she walks into the tomb to find Romeo dead, she does not kill herself out of weakness, but rather out of love, just as Romeo did. Juliet’s death required more nerve than Romeo’s. This is because he swallows poison, but she convinced her mind to stab herself in the heart with a dagger. Juliet was one of Shakespeare’s most confident female characterisation he ever made.
Friar Lawrence is a strange character in the play. He is a sympathetic priest who helps Rome and Juliet throughout the play. He marries Romeo and Juliet and mostly gives wise advice. He is one of the most scheming and political of characters in the play; he marries Romeo and Juliet as part of a plan to end the family feud in Verona between the Montague family and the Capulet family. He invents a plan to reunite Romeo and Juliet through the deceptive trick of a sleeping potion that seems to occur from almost spiritual knowledge. He sends a message out to Romeo as part of his plan but that went horribly wrong. Romeo heard about the death...
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