How does Juliet get more isolated in Act 3 of Romeo and Juliet? "Juliet grows up as the play progresses and it is in Act 3 that she becomes more and more isolated." Do you agree/disagree with this...

How does Juliet get more isolated in Act 3 of Romeo and Juliet?

"Juliet grows up as the play progresses and it is in Act 3 that she becomes more and more isolated." Do you agree/disagree with this statement? Support your answer with detailed reference to the play and use quotations.

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Juliet becomes more isolated from her family when she marries Romeo, and then he is banished.

Juliet becomes isolated after she marries Romeo, and is lying to her family.  Then Romeo is banished for killing Tybalt, and she has no one to turn to.  Her father wants her to marry Paris, and she has little choice.  She can't defy him.  She has to get creative.

Juliet became isolated by marrying Romeo.  She did not tell anyone in her family, because she couldn’t.  Therefore she had a secret husband, and a father that felt it was time for her to marry.  This was a recipe for disaster.  In fact, Capulet tells Paris that he knows that Juliet will follow his advice on who to marry.

Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender

Of my child's love. I think she will be rul'd

In all respects by me; nay more, I doubt it not. (Act 3, Scene 4)

He has no idea that his supposedly obedient daughter has gone and secretly married his enemy’s son.  Actually Capulet caused the whole thing by letting Romeo stay at the party, because he had a good reputation. 

Capulet’s agreement to marry Juliet to Paris causes a lot of trouble for Juliet.  For one thing, she is already married.  She just can’t tell anyone.  For another thing, she has no interest in marrying this man.  She just can’t disobey her father.

Since Romeo killed Tybalt, things are even more complicated.  He has been banished, not executed.  What exactly is Juliet supposed to do?  Granted, the whole secret marriage thing was not well thought out to begin with.  However, with Romeo not allowed to step foot in Verona, it makes being married to him a little hard.

So now poor Juliet is secretly married to a boy who is banished and promised to another man.  She can’t go to anyone in her family for help with this.  She decides to go to Friar Lawrence.

Tell me not, friar, that thou hear'st of this,

Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it.

If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help,

Do thou but call my resolution wise

And with this knife I'll help it presently. (Act 4, Scene 1)

He probably figures she is serious.  She has been through a lot by now.  At least she is not crying on the floor like Romeo seemed to be.  Juliet is tough.  Friar Lawrence gives her a solution, which is to fake her death.

We all know how well that turned out.  In many ways, Romeo and Juliet's deaths were caused by both their own bad choices and the bad choices of the adults around them, which caused them to make the bad choices to begin with.  Juliet's increasing isolation is a direct cause of decisions made by her parents.  It left her feeling she had no other choices.

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