• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Shakespeare present different aspects of familial love in 'Romeo and Juliet'?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Sacred Heart Catholic High School Liverpool Road Merseyside Centre Number: 34631 Name: Laura Bowes Date: December/January 2002-3 Title: How does Shakespeare present different aspects of familial love in 'Romeo and Juliet'? Stimulus: Introduction to text Teacher plan At the time Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, familial love was very different to what we know it as today. Parents did not have a close relationship with their children. A nurse was often hired by the upper classes to breast feed their children because it was not accepted in polite society. Fathers often arranged marriages for their daughters, who would usually only be about twelve or thirteen years old, Marriages often lacked love. Children were used by upper classes to make financial agreements etc. This is probably why children in the upper classes were often closer to their nurses than their parents. Family relations today are often very different from the family relations in Romeo and Juliet. Parents are close to their children and marriages are not often arranged within the Christian community by the parents. I think Shakespeare chose two arguing families for the tragedy because if something happens to one person, it affects the whole family i.e. the actions of one person could drastically change what happens to everyone else. The prologue at the beginning of the play tells us that the familial love of the Capulets and the Montagues would stop Romeo and Juliet ever standing a chance. It also outlines the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, and this would deny Romeo and Juliet the chance to have a proper marriage. ...read more.

Middle

The Nurse speaks in prose, which is just normal speech (not poetry) and is always used by lower classes. Lady Capulet speaks in iambic pentameter (10 syllables per line) and this kind of speech is used by the upper classes. Lady Capulet also uses extended metaphors in her speeches, whereas the Nurse does not. This shows a lack of intelligence in the lower classes because they do not talk using poetry (i.e. iambic pentameter) and they cannot use metaphors to make their point. If I were directing this scene, I would advise Lady Capulet to be quite uneasy around Juliet to show that they were not close and I would advise her to be very patronising towards the Nurse, to emphasize the class difference. I would ask the Nurse to be affectionate towards Juliet (e.g. hug her) to show that they were close and I would advise her to stand a little way back from Lady Capulet and Juliet, again to emphasize the class difference. In this scene, Lady Capulet asks Juliet how she would feel about getting married to Paris. Juliet has not met Romeo at this point in the play, so this affects her opinion about it. Juliet is quite obedient and says that she needs her mother's permission to fall in love; 'your consent gives me strength to make it fly'. Juliet's obedience towards her mother could show two things; she might just be doing what her mother wants because she is too scared to go against what she says or she may be obedient because she wants to get closer to her mother and build up a strong relationship with her. ...read more.

Conclusion

The play ends when the Montagues and the Capulets realise that Romeo and Juliet have killed themselves because they could not be together. The death of Romeo and Juliet brings the Montague and Capulet families together. This is quite ironic as the families would have come together if the felt that they could have told their parents that they were married, instead the families were united by death. I feel that there is still some rivalry between Lord Capulet and Lord Montague at the end of the play. When Capulet shakes Montague's hand, Montague says; 'But I can give thee more'. This suggests that the rivalry between the two families had been going on for so long that it was just a reflex action to compete with each other. From this play, it seems that children from the time that it was based had almost no relationship with their parents. Today we would find this rather strange; children who live with their parents are usually close to them. In addition, children were often used for financial gain through arranged marriages. However, some aspects of familial love are the same as they were in the play. Newly weds love each other passionately, the way that Romeo and Juliet loved each other. Shakespeare shows us many aspects of familial love, from that of a husband and wife to a nephew and his uncle. I think Shakespeare wrote this play to show that the right kind of familial love is important for everyone to be happy, which is something that people can still relate to today. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Romeo and Juliet comparison

    3 star(s)

    runs away and Tybalt light s the station and then the prince comes in. The prince comes in on a helicopter with loud music in the background while the prince speaks through a megaphone to tell Benvolio and Tybalt to drop their weapons as they look up at him in a helicopter.

  2. Explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents the characters of Lord Capulet and Juliet ...

    This is highly contrasting to the passion that is felt by Lord Capulet, as his passion is one of wanting his wishes and commands obeyed. "How! Will she [Juliet] none?" - Act 3, Scene 5. Capulet's want is not as delicate and innocent as Juliet's, but selfish and controlling.

  1. How did Shakespeare create tension in act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo has just gate crashed on the Capulet party and no one knows that he is at the party and if he is found by the Capulet he will most likely be killed because of Romeo being a Montague this because earlier in the play the Montague's and Capulet have a fight.

  2. Free essay

    romeo & juliet - relationships

    This relationship changed because Juliet confronted to her furious father that she was not prepared to get married and that she was too adolescent. Capulet replied with a collection of abusive words and phrases such as: 'mistress minion' and 'mumbling fool'.

  1. In Romeo and Juliet Juliet broke the rules that a good daughter and wife ...

    from disobeying their husbands or fathers. Shakespeare discouraged rebellion by giving the play a tragic end in which both Romeo and Juliet pay for their mistakes with their lives.

  2. Character Study On Juliet

    After Romeo speaks to Juliet says: "My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words" The word "Drunk" is used here but this word normally means some one has had too many beers to drink in a pub; but in this case it happens to means I have not heard

  1. How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Juliet and the Nurse, and Romeo and ...

    is absolutely right, so she tries to persuade Juliet to forget about Romeo because it was a safer option. When the Nurse sides with Juliet's parents, it badly damages the status of their relationship from this point onward because Juliet feels betrayed and does not trust the Nurse any longer.

  2. How Does Shakespeare Present The Love Between Romeo and Juliet

    ill-fated, unlucky and doomed, which is quite what Romeo and Juliet were from the beginning. At the beginning of the play, one of the first themes of love is intertwined with the theme of violence. "My naked weapon is out, quarrel, I will back thee".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work