What can be learned about Juliet's character traits from her words in lines 35-38 in Act 2, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?Deny thy father and...

What can be learned about Juliet's character traits from her words in lines 35-38 in Act 2, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name!
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet. (II.ii.35-38)

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

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We can learn a few things about Juliet's character traits from these first four lines of Juliet's in the famous balcony scene.

Through the line, "O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?," we actually learn that she is a very thoughtful character; she is very analytical and even philosophical (II.ii.35). She has perceived that the only thing standing in the way of their romance is Romeo's name and is asking the universe why he must be Romeo, or why he had to have been born as Romeo, which shows us that she is very thoughtful, analytical, and even philosophical.  
 
We also learn that she is very naive and childlike. Her naivete and childishness can easily be seen in the next three lines. First, she declares, "Deny thy father and refuse thy name!," which is actually a very impractical idea (36). If Romeo were to cut himself off from his family, he would lose his title and his fortune, which would of course cause him many hardships. Likewise, if Juliet were to cut herself off from her family, she would also lose her inheritance. Hence, we see that Juliet is thinking through a naive and childish state of mind.

We also see that she is an idealist. Denying each other's families and living only for each other would of course be the ideal thing to do, but would only work in a perfect world. Hence, we also see through these four little lines that Juliet is seeing love through most lovers' eyes, which is in its ideal, unrealistic state.

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straver89 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Juliet is a very honest and smart girl. She knows that she cant be together with Romeo.

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