Juliet - A Character Profile

painting of Juliet Capulet on the balcony
Juliet on the Balcony by British painter Thomas Francis Dicksee, 1875. (Wikimedia Commons)

Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet, is the daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet. At thirteen, Juliet is beautiful and at a marriageable age. Before meeting Romeo, Juliet has thought little about love and marriage. Her parents are keen to marry her to a husband with good prospects and have the County Paris in mind for a husband – he has expressed his interest in Juliet.

However, Juliet soon stumbles upon her ​fate when she meets Romeo and instantly falls in love with him, despite him being the son of her family’s enemy.

“My only love sprung from my only hate,” she exclaims.

Like many women in Shakespeare's plays, Juliet has very little freedom, but she is connected to the outside world through her closest friend, the Nurse. However, Juliet is prepared to abandon the Nurse entirely when she turns against Romeo. Juliet matures throughout the plot of the play and is eventually prepared to abandon her family in order to be with Romeo.