Romeo and Juliet is a love story known to all, about two star-crossed lovers who have fallen in love and have drastically matured throughout the play, starting as two impulsive children to developed married resolute adults. Both Romeo and Juliet have had to face numerous challenges in their path creating an increase change of __________, _________ and independence into their characters. Romeo and Juliet have become more _______ since their characters have been introduced into the play. In Romeo and Juliet, both characters have shown a tremendous change of independence in their roles. At the beginning of the play, Juliet started as a beloved daughter who is well protected from her nurse taking all the advice that she has to offer. As we see more of Juliet’s character, she starts becoming disobedient and naïve. An example of this would be when the Nurse gives Juliet the horrible news of how Romeo has slain Tybalt. At first, she was lost for words, but once the Nurse started to say that Romeo should feel shame for his behaviour, Juliet got defensive and responded with “Blistered be thy tongue for such a wish! He was not born to shame: upon his brow shame is ashamed to sit; for ’tis a throne where honour may be crowned sole monarch of the universal earth. O what a beast was I to chide at him!” (Act III scene II). This quotation is one of the only times when Juliet does not listen to her Nurse. She has looked up to the Nurse almost as her mother, but now she has disagreed with her about Romeo and took her husband’s side rather than her family which starts to show more independence for Juliet. When the audience first meets Romeo at the beginning of the play, Romeo is a callow youth who thinks he is in love with Rosaline but knows nothing about real love. Closer to the end of the play there is a scene when Romeo and Paris cross paths at the Capulet tomb. In Act V scene III, Paris attempts to arrest Romeo Paris tells him “Condemned villain, I do apprehend thee. Obey and go with me, for thou must die.” Romeo replies with a warning saying “I must indeed, and therefore came I hither. Good gentle youth, tempt not a desp’rate man, Fly hence and leave me. Think upon these gone, let them affright thee. I beseech thee, youth, put not another sin upon my head, by urging me to fury: O be gone! By heaven, I love thee better than myself, for I come hither armed against myself. Stay not, be gone; live, and hereafter say, a madman’s mercy bid thee run away.” This quotation exemplifies that Romeo has lost his temper and that he is willing to do anything which includes killing a man to see his true love Juliet and he has become fully independent with his actions and not even seeking help and guidance from Friar Lawrence who is a father-figure for Romeo.