“How is Juliet introduced to the audience?”
In the first act of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, even though she doesn’t appear for a long time, Juliet lets out a very strong character. The combination of what people say about her, where she lives, how she speaks and what she says comes together to create the wonderful character that she is. At the end of act one, she gives the impression to be a young, wealthy and high classed, smart, “hard to get” women who has been blessed with astonishing beauty.
The father of Juliet, Capulet, is portrayed as a very wealthy man, this implies that Juliet herself is a very wealthy women. Aspects of her life, like having a nurse, show the way in which she benefits from her wealth. In addition, her father throws a party (“This night I hold an old accustom’d feast”) where all the high statuses of Verona are invited, showing their wealth and high status. It is also shown that the Montague house is of very high status, and the chorus says that the Capulet and Montague house are “both alike in dignity”, showing that Capulet, and Juliet along with him, are of high status.
Another important detail about Juliet is that she is very young. Her father says in a conversation with Paris “She hath not seen the change of fourteen years” indicating that she is around fourteen years old, which in our society, is very young. However, in this context, we discover that women “younger than she are happy mothers made” and that she is “ripe to be a bride” meaning that she is of an age to marry. This adds to Juliet’s character and makes her look desirable.
Due to her education and high status, the audience can notice that Juliet is very smart. Fundamentally, it is known that she is of high intelligence because she is one of the characters who speaks in iambic pentameter, and that other characters of low status like servants speak in prose. Furthermore, when she meets Romeo for the first time, the way she makes conversation and “flirts”...