The wolf Without a Pack
Juliet in the play Romeo and Juliet acts like a wolf, loyalty is her preference but she isn’t always loyal to the same people, her loyalty changes according to her love. William Shakespeare was a great poet and playwright, one of his most successful plays was Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is a very passionate play about forbidden love. Juliet is a dynamic character for the most part, her loyalty changes and so does the way she loves, but throughout the whole play, she is dependent on people.
William Shakespeare creates Juliet as a very loyal character, but her loyalty changes throughout the play, making her a dynamic character. Before meeting Romeo, Juliet is willing to marry Count Paris for her family since Count Paris is a very honored man. Juliet tells her mother, “I’ll look to like if looking liking move / But no more deep will I endart mine eye/ Than your consent gives strength to make it fly” (1.3.99–101). Juliet isn’t too keen on the idea of marriage but she will do it for the family’s name since she is loyal to them. Count Paris is described as a very rich man and if Juliet marries him it would help the Capulets form a good alliance. After Juliet meets Romeo her loyalty starts to change. Juliet lies to her mother after Tybalt’s death “Indeed, I never shall be satisfied / With Romeo, till I behold him — dead — / Is my poor heart for a kinsman vexed” (3.5. 93–95). Romeo kills Tybalt since Tybalt killed Mercutio. Because of this Romeo is banished from Verona. The Capulets are very sad about Tybalt’s death so Juliet has to lie to Lady Capulet and pretend she is sad about Tybalt’s death when she is actually more sad about Romeo’s banishment. Juliet’s loyalty has now changed to Romeo. Juliet is lying to her mother to protect Romeo because she is scared of what will happen to Romeo if the Capulets found out about them. Since her loyalty has changed this shows that she is a dynamic character. She starts off loyal to her family but when she meets Romeo she quickly falls for him and will do anything to protect their relationship even betray her own family.
Juliet immediately falls in love with Romeo, through the play her love for Romeo increases. Right after Romeo kisses Juliet in the Capulet party she can’t stop thinking about him “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? /Deny thy father and refuse thy name / Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love / And I’ll no longer be a Capulet” (2.2.33–34). In this quote Juliet wants Romeo to give up his family name for her, but if he isn’t willing to do that then she will. At this point of the play Juliet will betray her family because she loves Romeo so much. Throughout the play, her love towards Romeo increases because when Romeo kills Tybalt Juliet isn’t mad at him she is actually sad about Romeo being banished and she thinks it’s unfair. When Romeo kills himself because he thinks Juliet is dead Juliet wakes up to find him dead. “Do thou but call my resolution wise/ And with this knife I’ll help it presently/ God join’d my heart and Romeo’s, thou our hands” (4.1.54–57) Juliet at this point loves Romeo so much that she can’t imagine a life without him so she decides to commit suicide. There is an extreme change on how Juliet sees love in this play. At the beginning she isn’t happy about marriage or love, but at the end she is so in love with Romeo that when he dies she kills herself too.
William Shakespeare makes the character Juliet seem very dependent on her family at first but that quickly changes as she falls in love with Romeo. Juliet is dependent on others throughout the play. While some people might say that Juliet becomes Independent towards the end it is clear that she doesn’t, she simply just turns for help to others. She can’t rely on her parents because she can’t tell them about Romeo and her so she decided to rely on Friar Lawrence: “Therefore out of thy long-experienced time / Give me some present counsel, or, behold, / ‘Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife” (4.1.62–64) Here she is asking Friar Lawrence for help. She is saying that if he who is so wise can’t help her then she will kill herself. For this situation Friar Lawrence is the only one that thinks of a solutions to Juliet’s problem all Juliet is doing is crying. Juliet could have done some thinking too but her first instinct is asking for help, she is so used to people doing everything for her that when she can’t go for help to her family she relies on others. Throughout the play one of the characters that Juliet relies most on is her nurse. It is normal that she is used to relying on the nurse since it’s the nurses job after all but she doesn’t even do the smallest things on her own. “Come hither, Nurse. What is yond gentleman?” (1.5.128), Juliet is asking the nurse if she can find out who the guy she just danced with is. Even though she was just talking with him and could of asker herself she relied on the nurse to know this information. Juliet is used to depending on people since the day she was born and when she finds that she can’t rely on the people that she trusted the most she turns to others.
Juliet is a wolf. She is loyal to the people she loves the most, when she meets Romeo her loyalty suddenly changes because she loves him even more than her family. Her love for Romeo led to juliet lying to her family and being dishonest, and this lying led to being dependent on others since she couldn’t trust her family anymore. Romeo and Juliet is a great play to read because of all the elaborated characters that take part in it.