Juliet’s Desire

· Issue 22 (2018)


As Shakespeare’s young Juliet falls in love, desire catapults her from innocence towards womanhood. She has not yet been carefully taught her culture’s patriarchal dictates about female behavior in courtship, sex and marriage. Juliet’s unfettered expression of desire in explicit and complex language confirms her subjectivity; speaking, she is lover as well as beloved. She articulates both the boundless fluidity of a woman’s love and the complex power dynamics between lovers, which incorporate aspects of submission and dominance.


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