What is your first impression of Juliet?

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The audience's first impression of Juliet comes in act 1, scene 3. It is of particular importance because we never hear her speak like this again—suggesting how much she is changed by her meeting with Romeo. The first and most striking observation is that she is almost silent, speaking less than eight full lines in a scene where Lady Capulet and the Nurse both have long speeches. Furthermore, she seems to have very little personality or will of her own. She never expresses a point of view or a preference except when asking the Nurse to stop telling embarrassing stories about her childhood. Her longest speech comes at the end of the scene:

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.

Not only will she make every effort to fall in love with the man her parents have chosen, she will consult their opinion on just how much she should love him.

Our first impression of Juliet, therefore, is of a dutiful young daughter, docilely complying with all her parents' wishes and having, apparently, no strong feelings or ideas of her own. This makes the revelation of her strong will, passionate nature, and high intelligence later in the play even more surprising.

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