Maturity in the Relatoinship of Romeo and Juliet
A 5 page essay that focuses on the relationship between Romeo and Juliet and argues that Juliet aids Romeo in maturing and establishing an adult relationship. In portraying this relationship, Shakespeare says a great deal about the nature of romantic love and its ability to mature individuals when love is genuine. This examination of the play, with a particular focus on the "balcony scene," reflects this theme. Over the course of the play, Romeo's love matures from the shallow puppy-love of an adolescent to a love that reflects a profound and intense passion, which signals the reciprocity of an adult relationship. Romeo achieves this level of maturity, at least in part, because of the level-headedness of Juliet, who, from the beginning of the play, displays a maturity beyond her years. The last page of the essay focuses on a review of play as performed by the Actors from the London Stage. Bibliography lists 2 sources.