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annika6767 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 20, 2011 at 4:31 PM via web

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Write 10 words which you think describe Juliet Capulet best and briefly describe why you chose these words. Use quotes from the play.

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted June 20, 2011 at 10:12 PM (Answer #1)

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1. Juliet is breathtakingly beautiful. Romeo cannot resist her beauty.

2. Juliet is innocent. She is not responsible for the feud between the two families--the Montagues and Capulets.

3. Juliet is naive. She does not realize how much strife will come from loving Romeo.

4. Juliet is daring. She enters into a union with Romeo even though her family hates his family.

5. Juliet is overwhelmed with Romeo's love. She cannot live without it.

6. Juliet is anxious. She and Romeo cannot wait to marry in the proper way with both families present and in consent.

7. Juliet is immature. She does not count the cost of her actions. She does not prepare for such an incident as Romeo not knowing that she is not dead, only sleeping.

8. Juliet is trusting. She puts her life in the hands of Friar Laurence.

9. Juliet is determined. She will not marry Paris, even though has father has arranged it.

10. Juliet is ecstatic. She is so happy to be married to Romeo.


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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM (Answer #3)

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Shakespeare's treatment of Juliet's character is marked by thorough and intricate development as she moves from an ingenuous, obedient, sheltered, pretty girl to a loyal loving, resolved, independent and capable young woman (10).

Even in the first act, Juliet demonstrates that although she is naive, she is not completely compliant; for, she tells her mother, who wishes her to marry Paris, that she has not really given marriage any thought and replies to her mother's praises of Paris with non-committal words, 

I'll look to like, if looking liking move
But no more deep will I endart mine eyes
Than your consent gives strength to make it fly. (1.4)

Certainly, Juliet demonstrates her independence of thought after meeting Romeo. In his wooing of her, she is able to maintain clear thinking, advising Romeo against swearing by the moon that is "inconstant," and against his being "rash." Later, after Romeo kills Tybalt, although she is extremely distraught, she makes a rational decision to not follow him immediately. Nevertheless, her loyalty and love for Romeo directs her to break from her family ties and make her love for her husband her priority. Then, her resolve is made of steel; she commits herself to Friar Laurence's ruse, and she dies valiantly, using a sword in contrast to Romeo's taking of poison.


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