What are some of Juliet's personality traits as portrayed in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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When we first meet Juliet with her Nurse and her mother, we learn that one of Juliet's  personality traits is loyalty. Juliet is depicted as a very obedient daughter, as we see when she responds to her mother's request to consider Paris as a husband with, "I'll look to like, if looking liking move," meaning, yes, she will look at Paris to see if she can like him if her mother believes that one can like a person from seeing a person. (I.iii.101).

However, in this passage, we also get a glimpse of a second personality trait of Juliet's, self-will. While Juliet is consenting to do as her mother asks, she is also hinting that it is unlikely that she will actually like Paris. Furthermore, she declares that she is unwilling to let herself fall in love with Paris in the lines, "But no more deep will I endart mine eye / Than your consent gives strength to make it fly," meaning that she will not let Cupid pierce her with the arrow of love that flies (I.iii.98-99, "Romeo and Juliet," Shakespeare Navigators). Therefore, although Juliet is appearing to be obeying her mother, she is hiding her rebellion behind vague, poetic wording. We see this same rebellious personality trait when she quarrels with her father and refuses to marry Paris.

 

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