In "Romeo and Juliet," how does Juliet change after meeting Romeo?

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Jessica Akcinar | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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After meeting Romeo, Juliet changed from a child to a woman. When Juliet is first introduced in the play, she is depicted as a young girl of thriteen with no thoughts yet of an adult life. Marriage, according to Juliet, was the furthest thin from her mind: "It is an honour that I dream not of." As a matter of fact, before she met Romeo, Juliet had never been in love or even had a crush.

The night Romeo and Juliet meet, the same day her mother asked her how she felt about marriage, Juliet decides she wants to marry Romeo:

If that thy bent of love be honourable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow,(150)
By one that I'll procure to come to thee,
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite;
And all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay
And follow thee my lord throughout the world.

Juliet's transformation is drastic and occurs within a few hours. She is a truly dynamic character.