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Much can be learned about Shakespeares Juliet from the text of the play Capulet describes her as yet a stranger in the world 128 and she is not yet fourteen years old as seen in She hath not seen the change of fourteen years 129 This implied naivete due to her age and situation is often focused on by players of Juliet Holland also notes that Julietas a young unmarried woman is firmly kept indoors Holland 38 and that she even needs permission to go to Friar Laurence for confession as the nurse asks her Have you got leave to go to shrift today 2566 However further in the play in becomes obvious that Juliet is strong-minded has firm beliefs and is willing to act against the wishes of her father Holland notes that though Shakespeares Juliet may be younger she has an intelligence and maturity Brooke and Painter did not allow for Holland 43 Juliet holds firm beliefs that marriage should be for love shown when her mother asks can you like of Paris love and Juliet replies Ill look to like if looking liking move 1496-97 Juliet is also much more realistic and practical than Romeo particularly in Act 2 scene 2 where Juliet seems adamant that she has no joy of this contract tonight It is too rash too unadvised too sudden 22117-118 She demands Romeo swear his love not by the inconstant moon 22109 but by thy gracious self 22112 thus taking more personal responsibility for what he is saying Though it can be argued that Juliet is wary that Romeo may not be true in his love she seems pragmatic enough to arrange for their marriage the next day If that they bent of love be honorable Thy purpose marriage send me word tomorrow 22143 However Juliet herself can also be seen to love too sudden in this scene as evident in My bounty is as boundless
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