What are 10 quotes that show Juliet becoming independent?  They can be criticism quotes as well.

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The previous post mentioned that a part of Juliet's independence is tied to her thoughts, opinions, and her choices.  I think one good quote that shows Juliet's independent spirit early in the play is when her mother asks Juliet what she thinks about marriage.  


Marry, that 'marry' is the very theme
I came to talk of. Tell me, daughter Juliet,
How stands your disposition to be married?


It is an honour that I dream not of.

That's a bold thought from Juliet at a time in history when being a single woman was not something to aspire to be.  

A second quote comes a few lines later.  Lady Capulet has just finished talking about how awesome Paris is, and she asks if Juliet could accept his love.  Juliet responds with something akin to "I'll think about it, but I make no promises."  

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.

Act I, Scene 5 has a quote that shows Juliet making a mental commitment to Romeo even before she knows who he is.  The line screams teenage hyperbole, but it does show that she will choose death if she can't be with Romeo. 

Go ask his name: if he be married.
My grave is like to be my wedding bed.

Lines 128 and 129 from Act 2, Scene 2 show Juliet independently making a commitment to Romeo even before he asks her to.  The decision is hers, and she makes it confidently.  

I gave thee mine before thou didst request it,
And yet I would it were to give again.
A few lines later in the same scene, Juliet is being called back inside by the nurse.  Juliet knows that she should go back in and say goodbye, but she can't break herself totally away from Romeo.  She orders him to stay put for a few minutes.  
Stay but a little. I will come again.
A few lines after that, Juliet makes a very independent decision.  She decides that she will marry Romeo, and she doesn't mean some day way off in the future.  She means soon.  
Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
If that thy bent of love be honorable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow
By one that I’ll procure to come to thee
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite,
And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay
And follow thee my lord throughout the world.
Act 3, Scene 5 has some good lines showing Juliet's growing independence.  Starting at line 120, Juliet tells her mom about Romeo, and then tells Lady Capulet that she needs to tell Lord Capulet the same thing.  This shows her independence because Juliet is no longer cowering before her parents and following their every wish.  She is making her own will be know. 
I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam,
I will not marry yet. And when I do, I swear
It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,
Rather than Paris. 
The end of Act 3, Scene 5 has another great quote from Juliet that shows her independence.  She tells the nurse that she no longer wants the nurse's advice.  She then announces her intention to seek out the friar for his advice.  If she doesn't like his advice, she knows that she has the ability to commit suicide. 
Go, counselor.
Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain.
I’ll to the friar to know his remedy.
If all else fail, myself have power to die.
Juliet's resolve about killing herself is quite strong, and she makes that known to the friar in Act 4, Scene 1.  She wants to know if he has a solution for her predicament.  If he doesn't, then she says that she will kill herself before being married to somebody else. 
And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo sealed,
Shall be the label to another deed,
Or my true heart with treacherous revolt
Turn to another, this shall slay them both.
A final quote that shows Juliet's independence occurs at the end of the same scene.  The friar has explained his plan about faking her death, and Juliet agrees to the plan.  She doesn't even hesitate.  She demands the potion because she believes that this plan of action is the best and will succeed.  
Give me, give me! O, tell not me of fear!
tinicraw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When I think of Juliet becoming independent, I think about the choices that she makes without asking any adult for help in the process. As we grow up and make individual choices without advice, though, that can also be unwise. Nevertheless, a person who makes his/her own choices is practicing independence whether the choices are wise or foolish. The following citations will lead you to some possible quotes that you could defend as Juliet making her own choices.












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