How does Shakespeare present Juliet as being a strong woman in the play Romeo and Juliet?

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Please see the links below that show different interpretations of Juliet. I tend to disagree with most of those readings. Of course, any analysis of a work of literature is totally subjective. It's instructive to note that Shakespeare was basing his play on a story that was already well known. He had no choices in how to plot the story, yet it could be said that he shows a young girl who changes and matures throughout the course of the drama.

Even though she is only 13 years old Juliet could be considered the strongest character in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. At the beginning we meet a young girl who is both polite and obedient. She is the dutiful daughter of parents who barely know her. She is basically raised by her Nurse who is the person she depends on the most until the Nurse betrays her in Act III. In fact, we lose faith in the Nurse because she advises Juliet to give up Romeo and marry Paris. The Nurse doesn't understand the strength of Juliet's love.

When she meets Romeo she is...

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