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

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Kumar Shah Romeo & Juliet experience disaster in their lives due to inadequate parenting. Examine how each parent copes with his / her role. The society of Verona holds an 'ancient grudge' between two families: the Montagues and Capulets. This ancient grudge is intertwined with the love of two star struck lovers, Romeo and Juliet; anger and depression is caused due to a passionate love intertwined with a diseased a society with no faith. Romeo and Juliet face disaster caused by a mixture of passionate love and inadequate parenting, they also experience adversity ultimately ending their lives as they do not have alternative means to support their love in a society that has no faith and parents who are not wise causes their demise. The lack of communication between children and parents causes the inability to love. Romeo and Juliet's parents do not provide adequate qualities, care or affection towards them, and so they use alternative means and seek these qualities from the Nurse and Friar Lawrence to fulfil the duties and responsibilities of parenting. As the play unravels it reveals the disaster Romeo and Juliet face and will show how the inadequate parenting will affect Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play Friar Lawrence and the Nurse help Romeo and Juliet's love, they are supportive and caring, showing guidance giving advice and helping them to marry. Unlike the Nurse and Friar Lawrence, Lord and Lady Montague are inadequate parents, due to the lack of communication between the Montagues and Romeo. Lord Montague does care for Romeo; he asks for Benvolio's help to communicate with Romeo to ask what is wrong, but yet again this is the lack of communication from the parents that distances them from Romeo. Romeo is upset so Benvolio agrees to help. "See where he comes. So please you step aside, I'll know his grievance or much denied." Lord Montague cares for Romeo by asking Benvolio to ask Romeo what is wrong, however Lord Montague should be asking Romeo himself. ...read more.

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Lady Capulet does show genuine grief; she actually does care about Juliet. Lady Capulet does not cope well with her role; she does not provide qualities of an adequate mother towards Juliet. She does not show affection, love, time, or a have a friendship with Juliet. With these qualities she might have been able to help Juliet or even allow her to marry Romeo, but instead she forced Juliet away and did not cope with her role of being a good parent. A good parent would support their child whatever their decision as long as their child is happy and loved. Unlike Lady Capulet the Nurse does not force Juliet away. She shows her feelings and emotions towards Juliet, she is more of a mother towards Juliet than Lady Capulet. Unlike Lady Capulet she shows that she cares for Juliet. "Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursed." The Nurse cares for Juliet and loves her. She respects her more than Lord and Lady Capulet by calling her 'woman'. She realises that Juliet is growing up and that she needs encouragement to do so. She gives her independence that Juliet requires. The Nurse treats Juliet like her own daughter and wants what is best for her, this is why she gives her independence and respect, as this is what she requires. However she does also give her restrictions, as she is not a woman yet. The Nurse realises and understands that Juliet is still not yet a woman and gives her guidance to give her a decent upbringing. The Nurse shows the qualities of an adequate parent throughout the play. She shows the audience that she constantly thinks of Juliet and loves her a lot. She shows he love towards Juliet because she has looked after Juliet throughout her whole life. The Nurse shows her love for Juliet through her actions as well. ...read more.

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Friar Lawrence also encourages Romeo to be with Juliet. He hatches a plan for them to see each other, however he falls short in the end, as Romeo does not get the news in time that Juliet has only taken a potion and is not really dead. However, on the whole Friar Lawrence did cope with his role of being an adequate parent towards Romeo. He was in a society that had no faith for love and if Juliet had adequate parenting then maybe this whole disaster would not have occurred. In conclusion Friar Lawrence coped the best with his role in being an a parent he showed love, affection, gave advice, gave time, had a parental friendship, gave rules, showed consideration of a child's viewpoint and gave people the ability to mature. He was respected for being knowledgeable and wise. The worst was Lord Capulet, who did not show any of these qualities, he might have cared for Juliet and had a numerous amount of opportunities to show it, but failed to do so. Romeo and Juliets disaster occurs because of secrets and inadequate parenting. If there had been adequate parenting in a loving society there would be no need of keeping secrets within the two star struck lovers. The two families feuding for generations did not help the matter. Unfortunately society added to the problem of making them keep their passionate love a secret. This is the moral message that Shakespeare tried to show when writing this play; society plays a huge part on our lives. This society in Verona was diseased and was like a worm eating away the centre of a flower, which was this beautiful and passionate love, created by Romeo and Juliet. It does not allow the two lovers from two feuding families to be together. It is like a few years ago when it would be frowned upon to see a black and white couple on the streets. The world is what we make of it, and Shakespeare is trying to say it should not be like this. ...read more.

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