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English - Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet is a play about two people who fall in love, but their families are enemies. This eventually leads to the death of both Romeo and Juliet, and following this both families realise how childish they were and eventually all issues were resolved. In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' William Shakespeare portrays important relationships between Juliet and her Nurse, also Juliet and her mother. These are both portrayed in very different ways. Shakespeare uses different techniques to display this. Firstly, at the beginning of the play, Juliet and her Nurse have an extremely strong relationship. The Nurse uses terms of endearment when talking to Juliet which emphasizes the strong bond they have. For example, "what lamb, what ladybird, god forgive, where is this girl?" This shows how much the nurse cares for Juliet, the uses of words like 'lamb' and 'ladybird' express this. Also, the nurse proves how much she cares for Juliet by the fact that she is looking for her and is obviously worried about her whereabouts. ...read more.

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However, the relationship between Juliet and Lady Capulet is very contrasting to the relationship of the nurse and Juliet. Lady Capulet is not close to her daughter and they have a very formal relationship. It is uncomfortable for the audience because the relationship between Juliet and her nurse is what it should be between Juliet and her mother. Lady Capulet relies on the nurse to look after Juliet, "where is she" shows this. Lady Capulet is speaking to the nurse and asking where her daughter is which shows she doesn't really care and cannot go and get Juliet for herself. The nurse talks about Juliet as precious and innocent whereas Lady Capulet doesn't really care and just tells the nurse to go and find her. In Shakespeare's day, the mother would not bring their daughters up and would hire a nurse to do this, therefore a previous audience would find the relationship between the nurse and Juliet normal. However, a contemporary audience would not because generally mothers and daughters have a very strong bond. ...read more.

Conclusion

Eventually, the nurse encourages Juliet to forget about Romeo, this proves that the nurse doesn't know Juliet as she used to and doesn't know what Juliet truly wants. The nurse then tells Juliet to marry Parris and following this Juliet says to the nurse "Thou hast comforted me marvellous much" This is dramatic irony because the audience know that Juliet has not been comforted at all. Finally, at the opening of Act Four Scene Five the nurse uses terms of endearment again which shows how the relationship between Juliet and the nurse has become closer once more. The nurse calls Juliet a 'slug bug' and 'love' which highlights that the nurse thinks she is still close to Juliet. In contrast, when Lady Capulet sees Juliet she uses personal pronouns which emphasizes that she only cares about herself. "O me, O me, my child, my only life" Even when Juliet is dead, her mother still cares about herself. To conclude, Shakespeare creates different relationships between family members to portray an Elizabethan society. Shakespeare conveys that if Juliet had been able to talk to her mother she may of lived. ...read more.

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