What is Juliet's role in Romeo and Juliet  by William Shakespeare?  

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Juliet's role in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is that of a heroine. She is the main love interest in the play, which is essentially the story of how Romeo and Juliet, children of families engaged in a multi-generational feud with each other, fell in love with one another and tried to marry against their families wishes. From the point of view of dramaturgy, she is often described as an "ingenue", a role played, usually sympathetically, young female actress. The main plot of the play as concerning the fate of Romeo and Juliet as "star-crossed" lovers is hinted at by Shakespeare in the Prologue:

From forth the loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows,
Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.