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Romeo and Juliet

            After reading William Shakespeares' Romeo and Juliet, you have a better understanding of the characters then when we are first introduced to them. Juliet Capulet, who is one of the main characters, is placed in a cruel and vicious adult world.   She is under many pressures and demands of her family.  Thus, during the play Juliet becomes an independent, courageous, and heroic young woman. Many times in the play Juliet shows many acts of being independent. When she was under the pressure to marry Paris, Juliet stood up for what she thought was right and best for her and refused to marry him, this was a blatent rebelious act against what was sociably acceptable at the time.   In a lot of situations Juliet relied on the Nurse to guide her and make decisions for her. When the Nurse started pushing Juliet towards marring Paris and cutting down Romeo, she could no longer put trust in her and wanted nothing to do with her.
             Throughout her role in the play Juliet showed allot of courage. For instance, Juliet decides to marry Romeo even though their families are enemies. She knows that her parents would never permit the marriage but lets the love lead her way. When   Juliet says to Friar Lawrence "Go get thee hence, for I wilt not away." Juliet is telling Friar that you can leave Romeo since he is dead but I will not because I love him. Her Juliet shows courage because she decides to stay with Romeo knowing that there is a lot at risk if anyone finds her.
             Juliet showed many acts of heroism in the play. In order to stay married with Romeo, Juliet takes a potion that makes her seem dead for two days . Not knowing if she was going to wake up, Juliet took the chance so that her and Romeo could possibly be reunited.   She did in fact wake up seconds too late just in time to see Romeo drinking the poison. Without thinking twice she killed herself, so she could be with Romeo.
             During the play, the audience watches as Juliet mature from a young daddy's girl' into an independent, heroic, and courageous young woman, due to situations she was put in where she had to face adult decisions, and be responsible.

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