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kgraham32 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2012 at 1:36 AM via web

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How does the quote, “If he be married my grave is like to be my wedding bed” show Juliet is immature in Romeo and Juliet?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 6, 2012 at 8:57 PM (Answer #1)

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Juliet is acting immature in this quote because she is acting very hastily.  She is basically saying that if Romeo is married, she will never marry.  She loves Romeo, even though she has never seen him.  She does not even know his name!  Her statement is also an acknowledgement of her youth and foreshadowing of her early death.

Juliet also shows coyness and immaturity in how she approaches asking Nurse for Romeo’s name.  She asks about several other boys first, like a young girl at a dance (which is exactly what she is).

JUL:

Come hither, Nurse. What is yon gentleman?

NURSE:

The son and heir of old Tiberio.

JUL:

What's he that now is going out of door?

NURSE:

Marry, that, I think, be young Petruchio.(140) (Act 1, Scene 5, p. 34)

In the end, Juliet does learn that Romeo is a Montague but this does not bother her much.  The speed with which she agrees to marry him is a definite sign of youthful exuberance and immaturity.  Of course, her statement is also somewhat prophetic—because she does die young.

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