Romeo and Juliet is a wonderful play that has stood the test of time. It is still performed to this day and has been adapted into many other formats. I love teaching the play, and a big reason for that is because it is fun to analyze Romeo and Juliet as characters and discuss how they react and behave in various situations. Act 3, scene 5 is a great scene to do this with.
On one hand, an audience member can get the impression that Juliet is incredibly creative with language. After learning that Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt, Juliet manages to say things that indicate her love and commitment to Romeo while at the same time ensuring that her words fly completely over her mother's head:
Oh, how my heart abhors
To hear him named, and cannot come to him.
To wreak the love I bore my cousin
Upon his body that slaughtered him!
Another impression that audiences are given of Juliet is that she is well aware of how her parents would react to her marriage to Romeo. She understands the feud between their families, and she knows her parents would like her to marry Paris; this is why she so creatively veils her responses.
Finally, we see a strength of character in Juliet. Her father both verbally abuses her and threatens to throw her out on the street. To Juliet's credit, she doesn't wilt against his onslaught, say "yes, Father," and abandon Romeo. Juliet begs her mother and the Nurse to help her out. Lady Capulet is no help, and the Nurse even recommends Paris as the more appropriate choice at this point. None of that matters to Juliet. She is committed to Romeo, and she is willing to die for that commitment, declaring:
If all else fail, myself have power to die.