How does Shakespeare present the development of Juliet's character for Act 1, Scene 3, to Act 3, Scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet?
Even in the very first scene in which we meet Juliet, Act 1, Scene 3, she shows a bit of a rebellious streak. It is evident that, as expected by society, she wants to please her parents, but she is also a budding woman who is learning her own mind and places more value on her own desires than anything her parents wish. Therefore, it is not really any surprise when we see Juliet rebelling against her parents in Act 3, Scene 5, after she has married Romeo. The main difference we see is that in Act 3, she is a bit more forceful about her opinion. It seems that the combination of defying her parents through her secret marriage and the tribulations she has undergone over the past 24 hours have matured her into a woman who can find her own voice. Not only that, desperation to prevent sin and remain faithful to her husband also drive her to find her own voice.
Juliet's rebellious streak is especially evident in Act 3, Scene 1 when Lady Capulet tries to persuade Juliet to consider marrying Paris . When Lady Capulet asks her, "[C]an you like of Paris' love?," Juliet's only reply is that she'll "look to like, if looking liking move," meaning that, as her mother suggests, she'll take note of Paris at the ball to see what she thinks of him (I.iii.100-01). However, hidden rebellion can be seen in her next two lines: "But no more deep will I endart mine eye / Than your consent gives strength to make it fly," meaning that since Lady Capulet is only telling her to see if she can like him, whether or not...
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