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

Romeo and Juliet experience disaster in their lives partially due to inadequate parenting. Examine how each parent carer copes with his/her role.

Extracts from this document...


ROMEO AND JULIET EXPERIENCE DISASTER IN THEIR LIVES PARTIALLY DUE TO INADEQUATE PARENTING. EXAMINE HOW EACH PARENT/CARER COPES WITH HIS/HER ROLE. Romeo and Juliet experience adversity ultimately ending in their deaths as they do not have alternative means to support their marriage; the society they live in is aggressive and their feuding families have an 'ancient grudge' so powerful and potent that the protagonists cannot disclose their love to their parents. They are unable to confide in their parents is due to the lack of communication. Instead of Romeo's and Juliet's parents providing love, care and affection these qualities are brought to them by the Nurse and Friar Lawrence who fulfil the duties and responsibilities of parenting far better than Romeo and Juliet's actual parents. However, as the play unravels both the Nurse and Friar Lawrence reveal weaknesses, lacking in character and moral strength; the Friar illustrates this when he abandons Juliet and the Nurse demonstrates this when she betrays Juliet leaving her stranded. The parenting provided for both Romeo and Juliet is insufficient and leaves them having to make their own decisions. However, their choices are rushed for they do not have the maturity to deal with their dilemma. Sufficient parenting involves care, love and guidance and Romeo and Juliet are lacking tremendously in some of these aspects of upbringing. Lord Capulet is certainly one of the causes of Juliet's poor parenting. ...read more.


The Nurse calls 'Where's this girl? What Juliet!' Immediately after she calls, Juliet enters, this shows that the relationship between both the Nurse and Juliet is very strong. The Nurse is very communicative yet assertive in her actions; she does not domineer her relationships but still has a firm control over Juliet. The parenting shown by the Nurse is what it should be. Although the Nurse may show numerous positive qualities she has negative ones also. The advice that the Nurse gives is Juliet is she 'think it the best' she 'married the county'. The advice is well intentioned and the Nurse seems to be trying to comfort and please her mistress, but Juliet is quietly furious and calls her a 'wicked fiend' when she has gone. The friendship between Juliet and her Nurse is now shaken and both Romeo and Juliet are now left almost alone; Romeo banished to Mantua and Juliet deserted by those whom she looked for help and support. The Nurse's attitude is unlike of that of a parent. She should support her mistress and advise her to follow true love rather than taking the easy option and suggesting bigamy. This is very uncharacteristic of the Nurse. At this point only the Friar remains faithful. The Friar is amazed that Romeo has fallen out of love and in again so quickly, but he agrees to help him. ...read more.


However, her role as a parental figure is not fulfilled, she says 'where is Romeo?' even she does not where her son is. Is the communication between Lady Montague and her mother been stronger, the tragedy may have been avoided; and it is the lack of parenting on her and her husband behalf which results in the tragedy. Romeo and Juliet's untimely deaths are the result parental figures not fulfilling their parental responsibilities competently. Each parental figure shows weaknesses in their character and combined they each play a significant and highly influential role upon Romeo and Juliet's deaths. Certain characters are more to blame for the lover's deaths. The two characters who are the most to blame are Lord Capulet and Friar Lawrence; Lord Capulet for his domineering, uncompromising and relentless personality and Friar Lawrence for his over ambitious plan which fails. It is these two characters that are combined which have the worst affect on Romeo and Juliet and regardless of how well intentioned or well meaning they were they never fulfilled their duties competently. However Friar Lawrence still showed best parental qualities. Shakespeare has a moral message he tells the audience in this play; society plays a massive part of our lives and how we live. The society of Verona was diseased like an insect eating away at a rose. The rose being Romeo's and Juliet's love, not being able to fully open and shine. Instead the feud between the families, the disease, is taking over. In the end, the disease is killed however the lives of Romeo and Juliet were also killed. ...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. How did Shakespeare create tension in act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

    ROMEO: O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do; They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. JULIET: Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake. ROMEO: Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take. Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged."

  2. Free essay

    romeo & juliet - relationships

    He threatened to leave her homeless, 'and you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets' if she did not marry Paris on the following Thursday. Shakespeare uses this new language to show the deterioration between Juliet and her father has changed from using loving emotive words to violent negative words.

  1. Character Study On Juliet

    Juliet tries to express her self by saying things that don't go together like. "O serpent hart, hid with flowering face!" No serpent can have a flowering face, the word serpent is used to say what man could kill anther man of his own blood and colour; but sticking up

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

    may so happy prove, to turn your households' rancour (or bitter hatred) to pure love". This was the message Shakespeare wished to give out to the audience. This play was aimed at a young Elizabethan audience and was to discourage any young women (or older ones for that matter)

  1. What role did the Friar Lawrence and the nurse play in the deaths of ...

    One day before marriage ceremony Juliet went up to her room and prepared herself to drink the potion. In the other hand she was scared to die and completely had no trust on Friar. I can understand that when she says, 'Lest...

  2. 'All our sympathies are with Juliet because she receives very little help or guidance ...

    Capulet's comments can be comprehended as if he is trying to persuade him to look at other women who are "Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light" which will captivate his eye. Capulet may be worried that Paris is not as good a suitor as he seems, or perhaps he

  1. Show how Juliet's relationship with her parents and Friar Lawrence's single mindedness contribute to ...

    It was at this point that it could be seen that he may not have cared for Juliet as much as one would have thought. As if he did care for Juliet he would have given her the benefit of the dough and would have listened rather than coming out

  2. An Inspector calls

    This very effectively builds up tension and excitement within the audience. Yet again the camera zooms in, but this time on the statue's face. Almost instantly there is an extreme zoom out and a cut to a "Verona beach patrol" police car.

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