A play by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, portray the idea of individual liberty through Juliet's characteristics. The play involves 'star-crossed lovers' from an aristocratic family of feuds. This essay will argue Juliet's behavior that develops in order to create the theme of acceptance and freedom. Throughout the play, their relationship shows the importance of sovereignty, therefore, challenge modern society to have individual independence. Shakespeare’s use of soliloquy characterizes Juliet as a star-gazer.
By doing this, he not only tells a story, but he adds to Juliet’s character by showing that people by nature are never perfect. Everyone gets confused sometimes, even Juliet, the heroine, who thought she had everything figured out; likewise, nobody has complete control over their life. This humanization helps the audience relate to her imperfection and is one of the reasons that make the play, Romeo and Juliet, so relevant even after its original
Although they view each other as equals, "my dearest partner of greatness," it's Lady Macbeth who is established as the dominant partner in the dynamic, inverting typical 17th century gender and social roles. (Since husbands were supposed to rule their wives in the same way that kings ruled countries, Lady Macbeth's plan is just another version of treason: taking power that doesn't belong to her.) Upon reading the letter, she worries that Macbeth is too kind-natured to be able to take the crown and is determined to assist him through the, "valour of her (my) tongue." She emasculates Macbeth and challenges his bravery, which to him is the essence of a being a man, "coward." Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatum, be a coward or kill the king.
In their defence they often reference to her small talks with Macbeth, where her opinions often surpass his (1; 7; 72-74). But, it’s clear that Lady Macbeth is no feminist lady. Throughout the play, she is viewed by the audience as a selfish female character, consumed with ambition to successfully bring the witches prophecy of Macbeth becoming king into reality. Unlike, Macbeth who tends to carry out his deeds holily, Lady Macbeths ambition completely disgraces the definition of feminist, believing regicide of faithful leader King Duncan is the way to gain power. Macbeths strong values, belies and attitudes of King Duncan, created a series of doubts towards Lady Macbeths idea, since.
Characters in Shakespeare 's play Romeo and Juliet are coerced to obtain certain roles depending on social class, gender, and age solely because of the severances caused between the Montagues and the Capulets families. One’s identity in Verona is defined by belonging to either one of the two quarrelling families, the Montagues or the Capulets; this leads to discrepancies between Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. Love powers the two forbidden lovers to go against their identities, and through much struggle and many hardships, Romeo and Juliet finally create their own identities, only to be rewarded with their own deaths. Although the two families play a major role of the identity of an individual in Verona, there are several other factors as well.
If the Montagues and the Capulets had not been feuding, and if the Nurse had not betrayed Juliet, the events of this story might have been different, although fate could not be changed. Fate was the most important factor and is responsible for the lives of Romeo and Juliet. This play may be summarized by one quote "For never was there a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo"
This play is a perfect example of a woman, following what she believes in and accomplishing her goal. In society, women are faced with many challenges that men just don't have to deal with. To this day, women are treated as inferior to men in every setting; work, school, public and even in households. Although I do think that Sophocles did separate Antigone's character, making her more independent and unconventional than the “traditional woman,” I think that there is more to the story. Sophocles still included Haiman, making him seem more heroic due to the fact that he defends her and kills himself over her body.
Contrary to popular belief, Lady Macbeth is not an evil character. She is simply a misguided woman who is extremely determined to have her way. Although she took a lot of wrong turns, she did realize in the end that what she did was horrifically wrong. Lady Macbeth was not a bad person, She only wishes greatness for her husband and also wants to be part of his greatness, though she does let her guilt get to her in the end. During the play, Lady Macbeth only wanted to help her husband achieve greatness- even if it meant she would have to murder some people.
This couple gets together in an unusual way, witnesses plenty of drama and backstabbing moments that lead the reader through the story wondering what is going to become of these two by the end. Beneath the storyline involving the couple, Shakespeare touches upon multiple themes such as maturity, upholding one’s reputation and love. The story about how Claudio and Hero meet is strange in itself. Claudio is returning from war to the small town of Messina. Upon his return he shares with friends that he is interested in Hero.
No male during this time would have suspected anything similar to this of their wife, but the fact that Shakespeare even wrote about it hints to readers that Shakespeare may have believed in equality for women. Emilia also stood up for what she believed in and laid down her life doing so. After finding out her husband, Iago, was the one who had plotted the demise of so many around her, Emilia declared “Tis proper I obey him, but not right now” (5.2.233). Emilia knew she was expected to obey her husband, yet she was willing to lay down her life to alert others of the atrocious acts that her husband had committed. Not only did Emilia speak out against her husband, but was willing to lose her life in the process.