In today’s society, women are viewed as strong and independent people. They hold high powered positions, are leaders in government and take care of their families and homes. In the play Romeo and Juliet, the actions of Juliet as she moves throughout the story strongly suggest that she is becoming a strong , mature, and independent woman who controls her own life. First, Juliet shows that she is strong and independent when she tells her father that she won’t marry Paris. This is evident when she says “ not proud you have, but thankful you have.
Proud can I never be of what I hate. But thankful even for hate that is meant love.” Juliet stands up to her father. She appreciates that he is trying to find her a good man to marry but is not able to marry him because she is in love with someone else and feels nothing towards him. Juliet understands that her father is used to her following his direction without questioning it and never talking back to him.
There is a reference to this when Juliet says “ good father, I beseech you on my knees, hear me with patience but speak a word.” Juliet begs her father to listen to her which shows that she is becoming a strong, independent wshoman with her own thoughts.
Next, Juliet is strong and independent when she agrees to go along with Friar Lawrence’s plan to take his sleeping potion even though she has doubts about it. Juliet says “ what if it be a poison which the Friar subtle hath ministr’d to have me dead.” t is worried about what is in the potion but shows her strength when she puts her trust in the Friar.
Juliet is also concerned that the potion may not work properly. The text states “ how if when I am laid into the tomb, I wake before the time that Romeo comes to redeem me.” Juliet’s thoughts about the Friar’s plan are valid and show that she is thinking for herself and questioning it but realizes that the Friar does have their best interest at heart. This also shows how Juliet is developing into a mature, strong and independent woman. Some may argue that Juliet devolves into a spoiled child as a result of Romeo’s impack. Juliet shows this behavior when she made a quick decision to marry Romeo knowing that the Montague’s were the Capulet’s enemy.
Although Some may think that Juliet is acting like a spoiled child by going against her father’s wishes in marrying Romeo, she does this because she realizes that it is time for her to make her own decisions and control her own fate.
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