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    • At the start of the play, Juliet comes across as quiet and obedient, however we do see a slight backbone.
      • She speaks very little in act 1 scene
        • only speaks when spoken to: context, in Shakespeare's time, this was what was expected of children, especially females.
        • Refers to her mother as "madam"
          • as though she is talking to someone above her, like a servant- Juliet must obey her family
          • distant- they are not very close.
      • "it is an honour I dream not of"
        • she is expressing her own opinions, although is still very polite
    • however, by the end of the play, she completely disobeys her parents for love.
      • "he shall not make me there a joyful bride"
        • modal verb "shall not" - very clear, direct and certain in what she means and wants
    • Brave
      • shown in her act 4 scene 3 soliloquy
        • highlights all her fears, but drinks the potion
          • repetition of the word "if"- "what if", "how if", "or if"- emphasises her doubtfulness and how scared she is
        • Vivid use of imagery to show the possible horrors
          • "shall I not then be stifl'd in the vault, to whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in"
            • personifies the vault "foul mouth"- suggests that she may never come out- be swallowed up by the vault
            • worried about suffocating
          • "where bloody Tybalt...lies fest'ring in his shroud"
            • fest'ring- as though he has had time for his anger to brew- the audience already knows how violent tybalt can be.
            • could also be Tybalt rotting- doesn't want to see what romeo did to him or her cousin's corpse
    • Loves Romeo
      • speaks in verse with Romeo in act 1 scene 5- they complete each other.
      • Act 2 scene 3- pick up on the same bird metaphor "falc'ner's voice", "my niese"- "wantons bird"
        • birds connote love
        • birds are free- they want to be free to love each other.
      • highlights all her fears, but drinks the potion
        • repetition of the word "if"- "what if", "how if", "or if"- emphasises her doubtfulness and how scared she is
      • act 2 scene 6- wedding- repletion of pronouns "my " and "thy"- focused only on each other
      • chooses romeo over her family- this is already abnormal, but is made by the fact that romeo is a montague- she is betraying her family.
        • Act 3 scene 2- nurse shames Romeo for killing Tybalt, Juliet says"blister'd be thy tongue"
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