Maturity In Romeo And Juliet

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“Maturity is not by age, but the acceptance of your responsibilities” (Unknown). In William Shakespeare 's, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo, who is a Montague and Juliet, who is a Capulet, met at a Capulet party. Romeo went to the party and met Juliet. They fell in love and got married the next day. Later that day, Romeo kills Juliet 's cousin, Tybalt. Tybalt killed Mercutio, a friend of Romeo, and Romeo was exiled. Then, Lord Capulet, Juliet 's father, decided she was going to marry County Paris, she freaks out and takes a potion which makes her seem dead for forty-two hours. Romeo hears of her “death” and buys a poison from the Apothecary and goes to the Capulet monument. Where he drinks the poison just as Juliet is waking, then…show more content…
Therefore, Romeo matured from adolescence to adulthood as a result of his love for Juliet. Before he met Juliet, he locked himself in his room, basically pouting, about Rosaline, who he thought he loved, but actually knows nothing of real love. When he sees Juliet at the Capulet party he thinks maybe he had never loved until then. Romeo says, “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!/ For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (I., v, 52-53). He matured a lot because he was not sitting in his bedroom pouting, he was out trying to be a better person. In Act 2, Scene 3 when Romeo informed Friar Lawrence of his love for Juliet, the Friar replied, “Holy Saint Francis! What a change is here!/ Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear,/ So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies/ Not truly in their heart, but in their eyes” (II., iii, 65-68). This shows how immature Romeo was when he met Rosaline, because he loved the sight of her, but did not really know her and it shows how he matured after he met Juliet. Also, when Romeo hears of Juliet 's death and goes straight to an Apothecary to get a poison. He does not do what he does throughout the entire play, which is consulting with Friar Lawrence. Romeo does not talk to the Friar about Juliet 's death, instead he takes it into his own hands. Romeo grew throughout the play in many…show more content…
Furthermore, both Romeo and Juliet matured in many ways. Romeo matured from being a child to being more of an adult. Juliet matured in more ways than Romeo, she went from being an obedient, innocent child to being a independant, courageous adult. They both matured almost immediately after they met. They made many sacrifices in order to be together, which caused them to grow up and they risked their lives for each other. Juliet tells Romeo, “How camest thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?/ The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,/ And the place death, considering who thou art,/ If any of my kinsmen find thee here (II.,ii, 62-65) Romeo risked his life for the person he loves, which shows a shift in maturity. “I would not for the world they saw thee here” (II., ii, 74). Juliet tells Romeo she wouldn’t let anything happen to him, which also shows a shift in maturity. The revenge, love, and secret marriage caused Romeo and Juliet to grow up quickly and become more of an adult and make more decisions on their own.
In conclusion, Romeo and Juliet did mature. After they met, they both realized what they had been doing and changed in the little time they had together. The love they had for one another changed them and the fighting between their parents made them realize love is love, it does not matter which house one is from or what ones name is. Romeo and Juliet grew into better people because of each other and their parents. Therefore, the challenges they faced caused
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