character - juliet

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  • juliet
    • family
      • lord Capulets only surviving child
        • there was a low child mortality
        • he sees her as a precious commodity
        • he is still not close to her
      • nurse is her surrogate mother
        • is closer to the nurse than her actual mother
      • Tybalt's cousin
      • distant from lady capulet
        • lady C cant even remember her birthday
        • common in upper class Italian families
    • only 13 years old, very young
    • no one uses her name
      • lord Capulet refers to her by many names
        • her
        • she
        • hopeful lady of my earth
        • stranger in the world
        • my child
        • mine
      • paris
        • my suit
        • she
        • your daughter
      • nurse
        • lamb
        • ladybird
        • Juliet
        • this girl
        • jule
        • madam
        • gentle woman
      • lady capulet
        • my daughter
        • juliet
        • her
      • Romeo
        • she
        • holy shrine
        • juliet
        • the sun
        • bright angle
        • fair maid
        • lady
        • mistress
      • friar lawrence
        • lady
        • daughter
        • juliet
        • fair maid
        • your child
        • fair corse
        • living corse
    • marriage
      • seen as an object in a  business deal (between Paris and Capulet)
      • being bartered over like a business deal/ proposal
        • shows the lack of status women had
      • she is one of the star-crossed lovers from the prologue
      • marries Romeo, thought to bring the two feuding families together
    • she is the property of lord Capulet
      • all women were owned by men, it was a patriarchy
    • a dutiful daughter (at the start)
      • madam...what is your will?
    • breathtakingly beautiful
      • nurse calls her 'prettiest babe'
      • Paris is interested in her, even though he hasn't spoke to her
      • Romeo sees her and falls for her
        • forgetting about Rosaline
        • snowy dove trooping with crows
    • synonymous with brightness and light
      • Elizabethans associated with
        • life
        • vitility
        • positivity
        • goodness
      • extended light metaphor
        • suggests that she will be Romeo's life giver
        • suggests Romeo will not be able  to cope without her
          • as he cant survive without light
        • he will die without her/it
      • blazon used a lot in the balcony scene
        • Romeo refers to her as the sun, light, and her eyes ae the 'brightest stars in heaven'
    • quick and intelligent, able to adapt
      • able to see that Romeo is flirting with her
        • under the disguise of holy language
          • hides both of their basic longing for a kiss
        • joins in using same language and imagery
          • shows that her and Romeo's souls are connected
    • she is distraught when she finds out Romeo's identity
      • exclamation marks indicate Juliet's fear, shock, and disgust
      • my grave is like to be my wedding bed
      • only love sprung from only hate
      • must love a loathed enemy
    • quotes
    • was a virgin
      • Romeo tells her to 'cast off' her 'vestal livery'
      • vestal livery reminds us that she is pure and innocent
    • loves Romeo with all her heart and soul
      • love is requited (Romeo loves her back)
      • not false love
      • she says it is 'infinite'
        • sharp reminder that they will be infinitely together, but only in death
    • reflects the prejudice of Romeo's  family name
      • cant understand why a name can divide society and cause disruption to peoples lives
      • a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
    • Juliet is Romeos opposite in some ways
      • she is practical and tries to see things sensibly
        • she warns that if Romeo is caught there (inside the orchard walls) he will be killed
          • if they see thee, they will murder thee
        • she makes the plans to send the nurse to find out the time of the marriage
          • what o'clock shall I send thee?
      • Romeo is idealistic, impractical and a romantic
      • the roles are reversed after they have consummated their marriage
        • she is relaxed, gentle and romantic. the epitome of a romantic lover
        • he is now the practical one, who is thinking straight
    • she is honest to Romeo but needs his reassurance
      • dost thou love me?
      • she does pledge her love to him
      • she is embarrassed and aware that she has surrendered her love very early
        • he has also heard her true thoughts
    • reminds us of the theme of time
      • regrets the urgency of their love
        • it has happened too fast
      • if thou thinks I'm too quickly won...
      • 'tis almost morning
    • talking
      • in verse, shows purity and superiority
      • she is articulate and confident
      • full of energy and anticipation and she is in control and positive
    • she matures throughout the play
      • gains her own independence
        • grows into a strong, fearless, independent women after the argument with lord Capulet about marrying Paris
      • starts to separate from her family and old life
    • she's stuck in a trap, between her family and her love
      • my dearest cousin and my dearer lord
      • she's being pulled in two opposite directions
      • her first loyalty is to Romeo
        • she is a loving faithful wife
      • she loves both but in different ways
        • she loves the Capulets in a dutiful way
        • she loves Romeo in a physical and spiritual way
    • she becomes a women spiritually through loving Romeo and becomes a woman physically after their consummation
      • she wants to have the consummation and she is looking forward to it
        • a shock to us for a13 year old to have such intense feelings of passion
    • has steely determination
      • refuses to marry paris
        • we the modern  audience marvel at this
        • Elizabethan audience would have been appalled
          • she was disobeying her father
            • her duty was to obey him
            • he only has her best interests at heart
        • he shall not make me there a joyful bride
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