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Romeo is a Montague and Juliet a Capulet, the two prestigious families in Verona, Italy. These families have been fighting each other and are locked in a deadly feud. Romeo and Juliet meet at a party and fall in love instantly. Since there is so much bitterness between the families, Romeo and Juliet decide to marry in secret.
Juliet is a young girl. She is a mature, obedient and rational person. As Romeo’s lover and wife she is witty, loyal, emotionally intense and a person who radiates great inner strength. In Act II Scene 2, she says, in the famous balcony scene, "It is too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden." This means that Juliet is fully aware of the foolhardiness of their love. Nevertheless it is she who suggests that they get married ("If that thy bent of love be honorable, thy intention marriage").
Juliet is happy because she decides to get married for love rather than for money or social status. Marriage for Juliet, in this case, is a way of recognizing a shared emotion: love. So, in spite of the fact that Romeo is the son of the sworn enemy of her family, she marries him.
Juliet passionately awaits the consummation of her marriage to Romeo.She wishes the sun to set fast and night to fall like a curtain so that her husband can come in secret.
Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Towards Phoebus’ lodging: such a wagoner
As Phaethon would whip you to the west,
And bring in cloudy night immediately.
Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night,
That runaway’s eyes may wink and Romeo
Leap to these arms, untalk’d of and unseen (Act III, Scene 2).
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