In "Romeo and Juliet", how would you characterize Juliet based just on Act One?Please give three supporting examples of this characterization.

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The first word that can be used to characterize Juliet in Act 1 would be strong-willed.  In Act 1, scene 3 she is in her room with her mother and the Nurse.  Her mother is asking Juliet about marriage and Juliet responds:

"It is an honour that I dream not of." (A. 1, s. 3)

This tells us that she has strong convictions and is not afraid of her mother; she is a character who will do what she wants to do.

A second example occurs when Juliet states:

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.”  (A. 1, s. 3)

Here, she also asserts her strong character who knows what she wants and will not back down and settle for anything.  She is telling her mother that she will look at this man that Lady Capulet wants her to marry but will not force herself to fall in love with him.

A third example shows the reader that Juliet is very intelligent and cunning – this occurs in Act 1, scene 5.  After Juliet meets Romeo, she wants to know who he is but instead of asking the Nurse who Romeo is, she begins by asking her about other men first to be sure that the Nurse does not know that she only has eyes for Romeo.

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