Otway's version was a hit, and was acted for the next seventy years. The lovers are able to skip courting and move on to plain talk about their relationship—agreeing to be married after knowing each other for only one night. She agrees to marry him because she needs evidence that he is truly committed to her.
Boaistuau adds much moralising and sentiment, and the characters indulge in rhetorical outbursts.
Characters and Analysis Romeo At first Romeo is characterized by his self-indulgent melancholy, characteristics which would have signaled a romantic quality as well as a tragic flaw for Elizabethan audiences. In mid-century, writer Charles Gildon and philosopher Lord Kames argued that the play was a failure in that it did not follow the classical rules of drama: the tragedy must occur because of some character flawnot an accident of fate.
She is forceful and intelligent in her designs, at times more in control of the action that Romeo. She too falls in love at first sight and is single-minded in her love for Romeo.
This quotation contains the themes of light and dark in all of their complexity. Juliet Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows in this; For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.
On the night before the wedding, she takes the drug and, when discovered apparently dead, she is laid in the family crypt.