In Romeo and Juiiet, how is Juliet Introduced to the audience? I really need help with this question. Its really hard and i got a D in my last draft of it and have been trying to improve it ever since....

In Romeo and Juiiet, how is Juliet Introduced to the audience?

I really need help with this question. Its really hard and i got a D in my last draft of it and have been trying to improve it ever since. Im targeted a C and i really need to reach that for year 11 at school. Please can anyone help me.


The acts that we use are

act 1 scene 2

act 1 scene 3

act 1 scene 5

we have to add them into the document somehow. and put a conclusion in it as well. Fairly big. My teacher says it has to be 4 pages long at the least. Im stuck please can someone help me out ?



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It is apparent in Act 1, scene 3 that Juliet is still very young and naive. Her father, in his conversation with Paris, states that she is "yet a stranger in the world," which implies that she has not yet attained worldly knowledge and is inexperienced. Lord Capulet believes that his daughter is much too young to marry. He mentions that she is not yet fourteen and asks Paris to give her two more years before his suit for her hand in marriage can be considered. Lord Capulet evidently cares about Juliet's well-being and suggests that an early marriage will damage her. He furthermore states that he has placed all hope in her since he has lost all other. This assertion indicates that Lord Capulet believes Juliet will stand him in good stead and not tarnish his name since she, it seems, has displayed only good qualities. It is ironic that Lord Capulet is so confident about Juliet since he will later be bitterly disappointed by her initial stubborn refusal to accede to his request that she marry the prince.

Much about what we learn of Juliet in Act 1, scene 3 is divulged by her nurse. The nurse obviously cares about her charge and speaks fondly of her. We also discover that Juliet is a dutiful child, for she respectfully responds to her mother's call and asks what it is that she desires of her. It appears, from the nurse's recollection, that Juliet is an intelligent child, because she could speak at an early age and could also walk quite soon. The nurse states that Juliet was also weaned quite early. It seems that Juliet stopped breastfeeding when she was about three. The nurse says that that happened eleven years ago, and since Juliet is about to turn fourteen (on Lammas-eve), she must have been almost three at the time.

We also realize that Juliet has no interest in getting married. She comes across as quite stubborn but compromising. She acquiesces to her mother's entreaty that she should show an interest in Paris and states that she will look upon the prince but will not look more deeply than her mother will allow. Juliet does not only show some reticence in this regard but also displays respect for her mother's wishes.

Act 1, scene 5 most apparently indicates that Juliet is a quick thinker and intelligent. During her tete-a-tete with Romeo, she matches each of his witticisms with her own. She is his equal, and he cannot outsmart her. It is also apparent that she is infatuated with him, and she asks the nurse who he is. When the nurse later informs her that Romeo is a Montague, Juliet reveals that she is prepared to take risks. Even though she realizes that Romeo is a member of a family that her own has sworn to hate, she does not back off. Although she acknowledges that the birth of her infatuation is "prodigious," she seems to be prepared to pursue it further. She states "that I must love a loathed enemy" as if she has no choice. Her statement further alludes to her stubborn nature. Juliet's decision to continue with what she knows is a significant risk will eventually culminate in tragedy.

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The best way to approach this is to carefully look at Juliet in each of scenes.  What she says and what she does tell a lot about her.  Also, what do others say about her and what is their relationship to her.

For example, in Act I, scene 2 we are introduced to Juliet through the conversation between her father, Lord Capulet, and the young suitor, Paris.  We learn Juliet's age and her father's wish to wait two more years before marrying her off.  It would appear that Lord Capulet does not want to rush into getting her married because he also wants her to love the man she marries and that will take time.  That evening's party at the Capulet's is a perfect time for her to meet Paris.

In Act I, scene 3, we meet Juliet herself.  We learn more about her from both the Nurse, Lady Capulet and from Juliet herself.   Her mother encourages her to think of marriage and tells her about Paris.  The Nurse encourages her also.   How does Juliet feel about it? 

Act I, scene 5 aka the party scene is where the young couple meet.  Romeo has attended looking for Rosaline but instead sees Juliet.  Since it is a masked ball, their attraction is not just physical.  They seem drawn to each other.  Their first words are an extended metaphor  in sonnet form which Romeo begins and Juliet continues.  Juliet goes in a matter of hours from a young girl perhaps daydreaming about love and marriage to meeting a young man who seems to complete her.  They are on the same page, so to speak.

What you now need to do is to come up with a strong statement about Juliet and use specific lines from the scenes to prove what you are saying.

Hope this helps you.   

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