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Skrobak Caroline Skrobak Ms.

Murphy 8 English May 15, 2012

William Shakespeares famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, expresses the multiple transformations of each character, specifically Juliet Capulet. The two feuding families, Capulet and Montague, argue to the point where Romeo Montague is banished from Verona and family members are killed. Juliet Capulet, the wife of Romeo, undergoes the pressure of pleasing her family along with the Nurse and husband. Throughout the play, Juliets emotions are drastically alternated between extremely innocent to suicidal. Even though Juliet is only thirteen years of age, her emotions escalate and her personality morphs into somewhat unexpected. In the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is a coy, obedient daughter who listens to her parents and is most definitely not interested in marrying at such a young age. As soon as she comes to recognize Romeo, son of Montague, her life and personality are put at risk. Since the Montague and the Capulet families are immoderate enemies, Romeo and Juliet cannot be seen together. Lord and Lady Capulet cannot learn of this relationship, so Juliet intentionally lies to her parents and puts her relationship with Lord Capulet at risk. Augmenting her dilemma, Juliet marries Romeo and has her wedding night, the solemnity of marriage, later saying goodbye to Romeo and exclaiming, Then, window, let day in, and let life out (III. iv. line 41). Juliet is heartbroken to see her new husband go, despite the fact that they

Skrobak have only known each other for approximately a day or so. She entreats Romeo to be gone before anyone sees him, to go through the window and let the daylight in, while letting her true love Romeo, out. During this time, she is still just as innocent but is forced to lie to her parents, stretching the truth along the way. Towards the middle of the play, now thirteen and two days old, Juliet has already became subtler and unadvised with her lies. After her wedding night, her mother and father come in and announce an unseemly surprise- Juliet is ordained to marry Count Paris on Thursday. Juliet refuses and argues with her father, later

going to Friar Laurences cell in a state of affliction. Juliet also beguiles her mother, claiming that she is distressed due to her cousin Tybalts death. Setting a perfect example of dramatic irony, Juliet states, Indeed, I never shall be satisfied/ With Romeo till I behold him dead (III. iv. 98-99). What Juliet has said has a double meaning to it. Lady Capulet may only hear Juliet expressing her anger and frowning upon the vile killing of her cousin. Although that may be a lie, Juliet actually meant to say that she is dead at the heart. This, unfortunately, proves the lack of stability in both the Capulet and the Montague families; and yet, it is only the middle of the play. Finally, the end is near and both Juliet and Romeo have been separated from one another and are more distraught then ever. Act 5, Scene 3, most likely the longest scene in the play, exhibits the multiple feelings of Juliet. Eventually, both star crossed lovers commit suicide and cause the misfortune of breaking both of their familys hearts. Surprisingly enough, the families apologize to one another and the play finishes. Just before committing suicide, Juliet exclaims, O, happy dagger, This is thy sheat/. There rust and let me die (IV. iii. 174-175). Juliet has just seen

Skrobak her true love Romeo dead in the Capulets tomb, and decided that she would kill herself rather than to live a day without him. This transformation of Juliets has drastically changed; ever since she met Romeo, her indecisive humour has fluctuated immensely. Although Juliet Capulet is but a young teenager, her personality and mood is immensely altered throughout the play. She rushed with her decision making and had quite emotional reasoning which has altogether made Juliet the most confounded and unpredictable character in all of Romeo and Juliet.