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About Juliet

Such is the simplicity, the truth, and the loveliness of Juliet’s character, that we are not at first aware of its complexity, its depth, and its variety.

There is in it an intensity of passion, a singleness of purpose, an entireness, completeness of effect, which we feel like a whole;

and to attempt to analyze the impression thus conveyed at once to soul and sense is as if while hanging ing over a half-blown rose,

and reveling in its intoxicating perfume, we should pull it asunder, leaflet by leaflet, the better to display its bloom and fragrance.

All Shakspeare’s women, being essentially women, either love or have loved, or are capable of loving; but Juliet is love itself. The passion is her state of being, and out of it, she has no existence.

It is the soul within her soul; the pulse within her heart; the life-blood along her veins,” blending with every atom of her frame.”

The love that is so chaste and dignified in Portia-so airy-delicate and fearless in Miranda-so sweetly confiding in Perdita-so playfully fond in

Rosalind-so constant in Imogen-so devoted in Desdemona -so fervent in Helen-so tender in Viola-is each and all of these in Juliet.

In the delineation of that sentiment which forms the groundwork of the drama, nothing, in fact, can equal the power of the picture but its inexpressible sweetness and its perfect grace:

the passion which has taken possession of Juliet’s whole soul has the force, the rapidity, the resistless violence of the torrent;

but she is herself as “moving delicate,” as fair, as soft, as flexible as the willow that bends over it, whose light leaves tremble even with the motion of the current which hurries beneath them.

But at the same time that the pervading sentiment is never lost sight of and is one and the same throughout, the individual part of the character in all its variety is developed, and marked with the nicest discrimination.

For instance, the simplicity of Juliet is very different from the simplicity of Miranda; her innocence is not the innocence of a desert island.

The energy she displays does not once remind us of the moral grandeur of Isabel, or the intellectual power of Portia;

it is founded in the strength of passion, not in the strength of character; it is accidental rather than inherent, rising with the tide of feeling or temper, and with it subsiding.

Her romance is not the pastoral romance of Perdita, nor the fanciful romance of Viola; it is the romance of a tender heart and a poetical imagination.

Her inexperience is not ignorance; she has heard that there is such a thing as falsehood, though she can scarcely conceive it.

Her mother and her nurse have perhaps warned her against flattering vows and man’s inconstancy…

Our impression of Juliet’s loveliness and sensibility is enhanced, when we find it overcoming in the bosom of Romeo a previous love for another.

His visionary passion for the cold, inaccessible Rosaline, forms but the prologue, the threshold, to the true, the real sentiment which succeeds to it.

This incident, which is found in the original story, has been retained by Shakspeare with equal feeling and judgment; and far from being a fault in taste and sentiment,

far from prejudicing us against Romeo, by casting on him, at the outset of the piece, the stigma of inconstancy, it becomes,

if properly considered, a beauty in the drama, and adds a fresh stroke of truth to the portrait of the lover.

Why, after all, should we be offended at what does not offend Juliet herself? for in the original story, we find that her attention is first attracted towards Romeo, by seeing him “fancy-sick and pale of cheer,” for love of cold beauty.

AuthorWilliam Shakespeare
Language English
No. of Pages193
PDF Size9.5 MB

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