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GCSE Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) Exam Drafting Juliet's attitude to love

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Explore Juliet's attitude to love in Romeo and Juliet up to and including Act 2/ Scene 2


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When Juilet first appears in the play, she has an obedient attitude to love, shown in the quote, "no more deep will I endort... to make it fly." This quote explains that Juliet will not love Paris, her potential hunsband, more than her mother allows. This willingness to control her emotions in order to please her mother shows that Juliet is very dutiful. This would not affect the audience, as in the times Romeo and Juliet was set, daughters were the lowest in the family heirarchy and could be expected to follow their mothers orders.

Juliet's inert acceptance of her Mother's control over her and her love life could be related to Juliet not concerning herself with love; proved by the quote, "An honour that I do not dream of." Understandably, Juliet does not yet think about love, being only thirteen. On the other hand, Romeo is already very interested in and desperate for love before meeting Juliet.

Another side of Juliet is seen when she speaks her soliloquy on the balcony. Previously thought to be obedient, Juliet reveals that she has a willful and even defiant attitude to love after meeting Romeo, in the quote, "Defy thy father and refuse thy name." Juliet is telling Romeo to disown his family so their love is no longer forbidden. With this, Juliet is disobeying her Mother's orders and distancing herself from the rest of her family. This could be catastrophic for the family and could even cause the family to collapse. Juliet knows the seriousness of her actions and so only considers them whilst alone, showing she still has a loyal attitude to love but is beginning to mature and become more independant.

When Juliet sees Romeo in her garden, she is concerned for his safety as she knows the danger of his prescense, "They see thee, they will murder thee." This shows that Juliet has a protective attitude to love and her lover, as she continually warns him of the danger of his being there. On the other hand, Romeo is determined to stay and declare his love for Juliet, "But thou love me, let them find me here." This shows that Romeo has a courageous attitude to love, because even the risk of death does not deter Romeo from being near Juliet. Eventually, Juliet becomes more comfortable and begins a conversation with Romeo about their love for each other. The positioning of the scene allows Shakespeare to use Light and Dark imagery to describe the developement of Romeo and Juliet's love for each other. Because Romeo is in the shadows of the garden, and Juliet is in the light of the balcony, Romeo compares Juliet to the sun, and then asks for the sun to, "rise and kill the envious moon." Romeo had always compared Rosaline to the moon; and in his request for the destroyal of her by Juliet he is essentially stepping out from the darkness and developing a more mature and genuine attitude to love.





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