Write 10 words which you think describe Juliet Capulet best and briefly describe why you chose these words. Use quotes from the play.Help! i have to write a flowing character profile and i hoped...

Write 10 words which you think describe Juliet Capulet best and briefly describe why you chose these words. Use quotes from the play.

Help! i have to write a flowing character profile and i hoped that this would help me start.

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mbjohnse eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are so many good answers to this already. I doubt there are ten more that have not been mentioned elsewhere, but here are a few key pieces I think we are still missing.

Young: In many ways what happens to Juliet happens to all of us. She is young, she meets a boy she connects with, and she cannot control her emotions. This is typical of young people still discovering their feelings.

Human: All of the actions Juliet takes, wise or foolish, are astoundingly relatable. Yes, it is perhaps foolish to chase Romeo despite the feud, but who would chose to abandon the calling of their romantic feelings for the sake of logic and obedience? Shakespeare creates a stunningly realistic and relatable character. Everything from her impatience, her foolishness, her wit, and her affection, shows her to be fundamentally human. She is all of us.

Sheltered: As a wealthy young woman protected by her position in society and her family, she has little idea how love works or what life without her family would be like. Anyone who has endured a first love will be able to understand that sometimes, despite the overwhelming feelings of romance, a decision is still foolish. She does not realize that these feeling can happen again, that they rarely last, and that there is more to relationships and marriage than a feeling of elation. If she and Romeo were to run away without their families help, what would two sheltered young people even do with their lives? How would they sustain themselves? How would they spend their days? 


mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Shakespeare's treatment of Juliet's character is marked by thorough and intricate development as she moves from an ingenuous, obedient, sheltered, pretty girl to a loyal loving, resolved, independent and capable young woman (10).

Even in the first act, Juliet demonstrates that although she is naive, she is not completely compliant; for, she tells her mother, who wishes her to marry Paris, that she has not really given marriage any thought and replies to her mother's praises of Paris with non-committal words, 

I'll look to like, if looking liking move
But no more deep will I endart mine eyes
Than your consent gives strength to make it fly. (1.4)

Certainly, Juliet demonstrates her independence of thought after meeting Romeo. In his wooing of her, she is able to maintain clear thinking, advising Romeo against swearing by the moon that is "inconstant," and against his being "rash." Later, after Romeo kills Tybalt, although she is extremely distraught, she makes a rational decision to not follow him immediately. Nevertheless, her loyalty and love for Romeo directs her to break from her family ties and make her love for her husband her priority. Then, her resolve is made of steel; she commits herself to Friar Laurence's ruse, and she dies valiantly, using a sword in contrast to Romeo's taking of poison.

lsumner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1. Juliet is breathtakingly beautiful. Romeo cannot resist her beauty.

2. Juliet is innocent. She is not responsible for the feud between the two families--the Montagues and Capulets.

3. Juliet is naive. She does not realize how much strife will come from loving Romeo.

4. Juliet is daring. She enters into a union with Romeo even though her family hates his family.

5. Juliet is overwhelmed with Romeo's love. She cannot live without it.

6. Juliet is anxious. She and Romeo cannot wait to marry in the proper way with both families present and in consent.

7. Juliet is immature. She does not count the cost of her actions. She does not prepare for such an incident as Romeo not knowing that she is not dead, only sleeping.

8. Juliet is trusting. She puts her life in the hands of Friar Laurence.

9. Juliet is determined. She will not marry Paris, even though has father has arranged it.

10. Juliet is ecstatic. She is so happy to be married to Romeo.


qsmc7295 | Student

Juliet Capulet is one of the most well known and recognized heroines in modern literature and yet a closer look at her character as both portrayed by Shakesphere and later in modern interpretations you will find some surprising traits that stand at odds in the paradox that is Juliet.

1.  She is rebellious.  Going against her parents wishes she repeatedly sneaks away to be with him, no doubt involving friends and close acquaintances to "Cover" for her absences.  Her rebelliousness is couched in such a way to be portrayed as romantic nativity.

2. She is reckless.  She throws away all her fortune, her family position, her very life in pursuit of forbidden fruit.  She tosses aside notions of self preservation and maintaining her social status when it comes to the one boy in the world that could make her feel like she does.

3. Juliet is stubborn.  To a fault she is headstrong.  She goes against her parents wishes knowing full well the consequences of her decisions.

4. She is fearless.  This trait is one that is most appealing with her She faces death without fear wanting rather to die than to continue living without the man that held her heart.

5. She is regal.  Being of noble birth assures her of this trait.  She was trained from an early age to be a lady of worth and grace.

6.  She is naïve.  Even though she knows the cost of her actions she has an almost naïve innocence about her trusting her own heart to make the right decisions while rejecting the logic her brain tries to interject into the equation.

7. She is passionate.  She fully opens her heart to accept the love that Romeo wants to give her.  She knows she is safe with him.

8.  She is very trusting.   She has given herself completely over to the notion of love and once there she trust Romeo with her whole heart.  She will follow him anywhere and does follow him through the dark corridors of death.

9.  She is very brave.  It takes a brave woman to abandon everything and everyone around her for love.  She sees the beauty and good in Romeo instead of judging him based on his name alone.

10.  She is love in action.  We all say we love someone and yet she lived true love.  She gave all herself, accepted Romeo for who he was faults and all, she went against the grain to follow her heart and she finally paid the ultimate sacrifice for the love she felt in her heart.  She was true love in the flesh.

cvonwal1 | Student

1) Juliet is puerile; she portrays the whimsy of fledgling, teenage love as she dotes over a newly introduced Romeo.

2) Juliet is idealistic as she believes her love for Romeo will suffice to withstand their families' incumbent strife.

3) Juliet is sincere. Whether it stems from youth's inexperience or naivete, she demonstrates sharp resoluteness in her devotion to Romeo.

4) Juliet tends to be rather prolix; she often becomes swept up in her thoughts and emotions and delivers long, emphatic monologues. 

5) Juliet is impulsive. She falls in love instantly, marries with relatively little forethought or consultation, and rashly commits suicide upon losing a love interest whom she has known less than a week.

6) Juliet is regal. She emanates a dignified beauty that Romeo cannot resist beholding.

7) Juliet is passionate. She feels an amalgamation love, lust, attraction, and obsession for Romeo.

8) Juliet is calculating. She operates with the sophisticated stealth of a professional bandit as she cleverly circumnavigates familial boundaries and eschews her betrothal to Paris with via Friar Laurence's usurpation and the deception of her staged death.

9) Juliet is intrepid. She agrees to ingest a potion, ostensibly to make her appear dead, but one that could actually kill her for all that she really knows of it; and she willingly dares that chance for love.

10) Juliet is dogged. She does not allow the families' bitter feud to sway her choice to marry Romeo, she defies the life-threatening danger of spending the night with the fugitive Romeo, and she refuses to continue living her life without his presence in it. 

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