Romeo and Juliet

Juliet Character Analysis

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The beautiful thirteen-year-old daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet, and cousins with Tybalt. The Nurse is her closest friend and advisor. Juliet is naïve and sheltered at the beginning of the play, and has given almost no thought to love. But as soon as she meets and falls in love with Romeo she quickly develops into a woman of remarkable strength and resolve in pursuing what she wants. Like Romeo, she is willing to face all obstacles of society, fate, and death to be with her love. Yet even while head over heels in love, Juliet remains more grounded than Romeo. She even calls him on his silliness when he gets overly poetic. It seems possible to attribute much of Romeo's transformation from a callous youth to a passionate lover to Juliet's influence.

Juliet Quotes in Romeo and Juliet

The Romeo and Juliet quotes below are all either spoken by Juliet or refer to Juliet. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Romeo and Juliet published in 2004.
Prologue Quotes
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes,
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows,
Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
Related Characters: The Chorus (speaker), Romeo, Juliet
Page Number: Prol.1-14
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Act 1, scene 5 Quotes
Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear,
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessèd my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker), Juliet
Related Symbols: Light/Dark and Day/Night
Page Number: 1.5.51-60
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You kiss by th'book.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Page Number: 1.5.121
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My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Page Number: 1.5.152-153
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Act 2, scene 2 Quotes
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker), Juliet
Related Symbols: Light/Dark and Day/Night
Page Number: 2.2.1-2
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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.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo, Montague
Page Number: 2.2.36-39
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'Tis but thy name that is my enemy; —
Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.
What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other word would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title: — Romeo, doff thy name;
And for thy name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Page Number: 2.2.41-52
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I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I'll be new baptis'd;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker), Juliet
Page Number: 2.2.53-55
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O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker)
Related Symbols: Light/Dark and Day/Night
Page Number: 2.2.114-116
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Good-night, good-night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good-night till it be morrow.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Related Symbols: Light/Dark and Day/Night
Page Number: 2.2.199-201
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Act 3, scene 2 Quotes
Come, gentle night, — come, loving black brow'd night,
Give me my Romeo; and when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of Heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night,
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Related Symbols: Light/Dark and Day/Night
Page Number: 3.2.21-27
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Act 3, scene 5 Quotes
Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day.
It was the nightingale, and not the lark,
That pierc'd the fearful hollow of thine ear;
Nightly she sings on yond pomegranate tree.
Believe me love, it was the nightingale.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Related Symbols: Light/Dark and Day/Night
Page Number: 3.5.1-5
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Is there no pity sitting in the clouds
That sees into the bottom of my grief?
O sweet my mother, cast me not away!
Delay this marriage for a month, a week,
Or if you do not, make the bridal bed
In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Lady Capulet, Tybalt
Page Number: 3.5.208-213
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Act 4, scene 1 Quotes
Or bid me go into a new-made grave,
And hide me with a dead man in his shroud -
Things that, to hear them told, have made me tremble -
And I will do it without fear or doubt,
To live an unstain'd wife to my sweet love.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Page Number: 4.1.85-90
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Act 5, scene 3 Quotes
O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. — Thus with a kiss I die.
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker), Juliet, The Apothecary
Page Number: 5.3.119-120
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Yea, noise,then I'll be brief;
O, happy dagger!
This is thy sheath; there rest, and let me die.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker)
Page Number: 5.3.174-175
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For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
Related Characters: Prince Escalus (speaker), Romeo, Juliet
Page Number: 5.3.320-321
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Juliet Character Timeline in Romeo and Juliet

The timeline below shows where the character Juliet appears in Romeo and Juliet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, scene 2
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Capulet and Paris, a kinsmen of Prince Escalus, discuss Paris's wish to marry Capulet's daughter, Juliet. Capulet says Juliet is too young to marry—she's not yet fourteen. Still, he urges Paris... (full context)
Act 1, scene 3
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Just before the masquerade, Lady Capulet asks the Nurse to find Juliet. Juliet enters. Lady Capulet dismisses the Nurse, then immediately calls her back. The Nurse then... (full context)
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Lady Capulet asks Juliet what she thinks about marriage. Juliet says she hasn't thought about it. Lady Capulet responds... (full context)
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Juliet says she'll look at Paris to see if she could love him, but won't look... (full context)
Act 1, scene 5
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Romeo catches sight of Juliet. He doesn't know who she is, but immediately forgets Rosaline. He says that Juliet teaches... (full context)
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Romeo approaches Juliet. Their entire first conversation is an intertwined fourteen line sonnet, in which they develop a... (full context)
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The Nurse interrupts, calling Juliet to her mother. Romeo learns from the Nurse that Juliet's a Capulet. Moments later, Juliet... (full context)
Act 2, prologue
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In another sonnet, the Chorus describes the obstacles facing the new love between Romeo and Juliet, but also says that "passion lends them power" (2.p.13). (full context)
Act 2, scene 2
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Just then, Romeo sees Juliet walk out onto a balcony. In a whisper he compares her to the sun, and... (full context)
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Juliet speaks: she asks why Romeo must be Romeo. She asks him to forswear his name,... (full context)
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Romeo emerges from his hiding place, startling Juliet. She says that if Romeo is noticed he'll be killed, but Romeo responds that he... (full context)
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As the Nurse calls from Juliet's room, Juliet hurriedly asks Romeo, if his "love be honorable" (2.1.185), to send her word... (full context)
Act 2, scene 3
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...sin with Rosaline. But Romeo says he has forgotten Rosaline, and describes his love for Juliet and his desire to marry her. (full context)
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The Friar is suspicious of Romeo's sudden switch from Rosaline to Juliet. Romeo responds that Juliet, unlike Rosaline, returns his love. The Friar comments that Rosaline knew... (full context)
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...to end the feud between the Montagues and Capulets, and agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet. (full context)
Act 2, scene 4
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The Nurse threatens some dire response if Romeo means to mislead Juliet. But Romeo says that if Juliet can get to Friar Laurence's cell that afternoon, they... (full context)
Act 2, scene 5
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Juliet waits impatiently for the Nurse to return, and maligns "old folks" as "unwieldy, slow, heavy,... (full context)
Act 2, scene 6
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Friar Laurence and Romeo wait for Juliet. Romeo is so excited he says that no matter what sorrow might come, it cannot... (full context)
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Juliet arrives, and Romeo asks her to describe her love for him. But Juliet refuses. She... (full context)
Act 3, scene 1
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Romeo says to himself that love for Juliet has made him "effeminate." Tybalt returns. Romeo avenges Mercutio by fighting and killing Tybalt. As... (full context)
Act 3, scene 2
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Juliet begs nightfall to hurry in its coming, and to bring Romeo with it. She imagines... (full context)
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The Nurse runs in crying and shouting "He's dead!" (3.2.36). Juliet thinks Romeo has killed himself, and threatens to kill herself. (full context)
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The Nurse in her grief starts calling out Tybalt's name. Juliet realizes there's been a mistake. The Nurse tells her Romeo killed Tybalt and has been... (full context)
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Juliet tells the Nurse to find Romeo and bid him come that night to her room... (full context)
Act 3, scene 3
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...has been banished. He says banishment is worse than death because it means life without Juliet. Friar Laurence tells him to be patient and scolds him for being ungrateful that his... (full context)
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...a knock on the door. Romeo hides. Friar Laurence lets in the Nurse. Romeo believes Juliet must think him a murderer and tries to stab himself. The Nurse stops him. Friar... (full context)
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The Friar tells Romeo to go spend the night with Juliet and then before dawn to flee Verona for Mantua. There he should wait until some... (full context)
Act 3, scene 4
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It is just before dawn. Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Paris have stayed up late, discussing Juliet and the tragedy of Tybalt's death. Paris turns to go, but Capulet suddenly calls him... (full context)
Act 3, scene 5
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The call of a bird wakes Romeo and Juliet just before dawn, but Juliet claims the bird is a nightingale rather than the lark... (full context)
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Juliet stops pretending. She says it's day and Romeo must go. (full context)
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The Nurse enters and warns that Lady Capulet is approaching Juliet's room. Romeo hurries down the rope ladder. To Juliet, standing on her balcony, it looks... (full context)
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...Capulet enters, and soon begins to curse Romeo as the "traitor murderer" (3.5.84) of Tybalt. Juliet speaks so cunningly that it seems like she's agreeing with her mother, but in reality... (full context)
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Lady Capulet reveals the plan for Juliet to marry Paris on Thursday. Juliet refuses to marry Paris just as Capulet enters. He... (full context)
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Juliet asks the Nurse for advice. The Nurse says that Romeo is banished and unlikely to... (full context)
Act 4, scene 1
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...it's all happening too fast and that he's concerned that Paris doesn't even know if Juliet wants to marry him. (full context)
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Juliet arrives. Paris greets her as his wife. Paris is loving, but condescending, assuming that she... (full context)
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Once they're alone, Juliet draws a dagger and threatens to kill herself unless the Friar can help her. (full context)
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Friar Laurence quickly comes up with a plan: he gives Juliet a potion that, for forty-two hours, will put her into a sleep so deep it... (full context)
Act 4, scene 2
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At the Capulet's home, preparations for the wedding are in full swing. Juliet returns from Friar Laurence's cell with a smile on her face. She "repent[s] of the... (full context)
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...objections he decides to move the wedding up a day to Wednesday, which is tomorrow. Juliet and Nurse go to Juliet's room to pick out clothes for Juliet to wear. (full context)
Act 4, scene 3
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After selecting clothes for the wedding, Juliet asks the Nurse and Lady Capulet to let her spend the night before her wedding... (full context)
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Juliet sees a vision of Tybalt chasing Romeo, yet lifts the vial, toasts to Romeo, and... (full context)
Act 4, scene 4
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...Capulet household readies for the wedding the following morning, Capulet sends the Nurse to wake Juliet. But Juliet is dead. The Nurse, Lady Capulet, and Capulet cry out in grief. Just... (full context)
Act 5, scene 1
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Romeo, in Mantua, contemplates a happy dream he's had: Juliet found him dead, and brought him back to life by kissing him. As Romeo muses... (full context)
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Romeo addresses Juliet, telling her "I will lie with thee tonight" (5.1.34). He finds a poor apothecary, and... (full context)
Act 5, scene 2
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Friar John, who Friar Laurence had sent to tell Romeo the plan about Juliet's fake death, returns. He explains that he never made it to Mantua because an outbreak... (full context)
Act 5, scene 3
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...give it to his father (Montague) the next morning. He says he wants to see Juliet one last time, and to take a ring from her as a remembrance, and sends... (full context)
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Paris recognizes Romeo and thinks he has come to desecrate Tybalt's or Juliet's grave, or both. He draws his sword and confronts Romeo. Romeo begs Paris not to... (full context)
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Romeo opens the tomb and carries the body of Paris inside. He sees Juliet, and is amazed that her beauty is unaffected by death. He thinks it seems almost... (full context)
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...churchyard and is greeted by Balthasar, who tells him that Romeo has returned to see Juliet. The Friar, sensing disaster, rushes to the tomb and sees the blood and weapons from... (full context)
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Juliet sees the vial clutched in Romeo's dead hand and realizes he killed himself by poison.... (full context)
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...take each other's hands, promising to bury their grudge and to erect golden statues of Juliet and Romeo. Prince Escalus, mourning his own dead relatives, leads the group away. (full context)