Can anybody help me with a character analysis for Juliet?specifically in the balcony scene...

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In Romeo and Juliet, the balcony scene in Act II reveals Juliet's:

  • questioning the importance of the male surname (“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”).  Why is Romeo AND a Montague
  • When Juliet speaks to the night of her love for Romeo, she speaks of his true perfection of self. Unlike the older generation in the play, she is able to look beyond names and feuds.
  • she secretly hopes that Romeo give up his name; if not, she will give up her Capulet name.
  • she feels that only his name that is her enemy
  • she compares their love to lightning that ceases almost as soon as it is seen and to a bud that would bloom in time.
  • she is impetuous and quick to marry
  • she realize the dangers of their love, and so they act quickly, impulsively, and foolishly.
  • her words are beautiful and full of poetic metaphors.  So says Enotes:

In addition to Juliet's ability to honestly expresses herself, some commentators have noted that she is quite practical, in contrast to Romeo. She is concerned about Romeo's safety, warning him about her kinsmen and wondering how he was able to get over the high orchard walls. Additionally, it is Juliet, not Romeo, who sets into motion the practical details of the wedding, instructing Romeo to send her word about where and when the event will take place (II.ii.144-46).