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.
LADY CAPULETMarry, that 'marry' is the very theme
I came to talk of. Tell me, daughter Juliet,
How stands your disposition to be married?
JULIETIt 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.
Stay but a little. I will come again.
Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.If that thy bent of love be honorable,Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrowBy one that I’ll procure to come to theeWhere and what time thou wilt perform the rite,And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll layAnd follow thee my lord throughout the world.
I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam,I will not marry yet. And when I do, I swearIt shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,Rather than Paris.
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.
And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo sealed,Shall be the label to another deed,Or my true heart with treacherous revoltTurn to another, this shall slay them both.
Give me, give me! O, tell not me of fear!
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.