My thesis is "In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is the true hero because of traits she possesses."  for that thesis, i need to pick 3 traits, and quotes about the prove that Juliet is the hero in th...

My thesis is "In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is the true hero because of traits she possesses."


for that thesis, i need to pick 3 traits, and quotes about the prove that Juliet is the hero in th play.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

(Regrettably, my response to this question was eradicated when I posted shortly ago. So, I will try to duplicate it here for you.)

As part of your introduction, you may wish to refer to Aristotle's Poetics in which the tragic hero is defined.  That Juliet possesses nobler stature than Romeo and, as such, is the true tragic hero can certainly be defended.  For, she is more sensible than Romeo, she is of a higher moral fiber, and she is more responsible.  Here are some suggestions for support:

1. more sensible

In the first Act, Juliet's mother, in an extended metaphor, describes Paris as a potential suitor.  Rather than refusing, Juliet promises that she will consider Paris:

I'll look to like, if looking liking move;

But no more deep will I endart mine eye

Than your consent gives strength to make it fly. 1.3.97-99

 When she learns from the Nurse that Romeo is a Montague, she immediately recognizes the danger whereas Romeo reacts differently


My only love, sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me
That I must love a loathed enemy.1.5


    Is she a Capulet?/O dear account! My life is my foe's debt. 1.5

Later, after Juliet and Romeo are married she urges him to hurry away when he wishes to linger. (3.5)

When she hears Romeo in the orchard she is fearful that he will be killed if the guards recognize him. (2.2.)

She cautions him against swearing against "the inconstant moon" 2.2).

And, when the Nurse suggests to Juliet that she marry Romeo anyway, Juliet reacts to this irrational suggestion. (3.5)

And, although she is hysterical, threatening suicide after her angry father insists that she marry Paris, Juliet does go to Friar Laurence in the hopes that he can offer a solution to her problem. (4)  When he gives her the vial she does consider all the consequences before she drinks from it.  This act contrasts with Romeo's rash purchase of poison from the poor apothecary and his swift downing of it in the tomb.

She carefully considers the consequences of drinking the vial, but decides that Friar Laurence is right: "For he hath still been tried a holy man" (4.4.29)

 Of course, Juliet's final act is foolish, but she does act rather sensibly otherwise.

2. of a higher moral fiber (nobler stature)

Juliet discourages Romeo from kissing her when they first meet, suggesting that palms touch when pilgrims meet in the sonnet that they both share (1.5)

She would not have impulsively killed Tybalt.

Juliet is appalled when the Nurse suggests that she commit bigomy by marrying Paris. (3.5)

She does not reveal to her angry parents that she is already married out of loyalty and love for Romeo because she knows doing so would endanger him. (3.5)

Juliet does not buy poison from a poor apothecary as does the unethical Romeo.

Juliet does not blame fate for what happens as does Romeo who declares in Act 3 after slaying Tybalt, "O, I am fortune's fool!" and impulsively cursing fate after he learns of Juliet's "death," "I defy you, fate!"

3.  more responsible

In the first act, Juliet is with her mother and Nurse; she does not hide from her parents, causing them great consternation as does Romeo.

Juliet is slower to promise Romeo her love--"Wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?" he asks her in the orchard scene. (2.2)

In the orchard, she wants to be with Romeo, but she tells him, "...I should kill thee with much cherishing" because the guards will come. (2.2)