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Examine closely how language reveals the relationship between Juliet and her parents in Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo and Juliet’

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'Examine closely how language reveals the relationship between Juliet and her parents in Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet'' 'Romeo and Juliet' is a story of love between two 'Star Crossed Lovers', death and revulsion between two feuding families with an ancient grudge. Juliet has a respectful relationship with her parents and is dutiful and compliant. Her relationship with her parents changes after meeting Romeo. She is forced to flout her parents. This breaks the strict hierarchy that was in place in Elizabethan times. This is an indication of the depth of her love for Romeo, as children's parents were rarely defied. The Hierarchy started at the top with God, then Gods Angels, then King or Queen, followed by Lords and Ladies, then Men, Women, then Children, Animals, plants, Followed by Inanimate objects. Anything above you in this chain were seen to have a higher social status was seen to oversee you and govern you. This chain could be broken but tended not to. In act 1 scene 2 Paris is asking Capulet for Juliet's hand in marriage. Immediately after the question Capulet replies with: 'My child is yet a stranger to the world' He refers to Juliet as 'child'. This in a formal word normally used when there is not much recognition or intimacy between two people. This tells us that the relationship between Juliet and her parents is isolated and formal. Also this signifies Capulet's love and concern for Juliet as he is contemplating why she should not yet get married, perhaps because he does not want her marrying at such a young age, he wants her to have the choice of many husbands before rushing into a relationship, and she should have time to search for the right one. ...read more.

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This indicates the relationship between Juliet and her parents as being obedient, dutiful, and submissive. This relationship with her parents changes subsequent to meeting Romeo. In Act 3 Scene 5 Juliet defies her parents. Romeo has killed Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) in vengeance of Tybalt killing Mercutio (Romeo's Friend), and was exiled to Mantua as punishment. Lady Capulet mistakes Juliet's tears for Romeo as grief for Tybalt's death. Juliet's replies strengthen her mother's mistaken. Juliet is in her bedroom crying over Romeo. Lady Capulet comes in and asks what is wrong. Juliet replies with 'Madam, I am not well.' Juliet is addressing her mother with a formal reference. This indicates the relationship between Juliet and her parents as being Distant, and respectful. Juliet has now defied her parents in lying about what she was upset about. This is a sudden change in the relationship as she is losing respect, going against her parents and being deceitful and fraudulent. Lady Capulet (thinking that she is crying over Tybalt) then says ' What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears?' This is strong dramatic irony, as the audience knows that the true reason shy is crying is over her loss of Romeo. Lady Capulet does not show much commiseration, or sympathy for Juliet's grief. She acts very insensitive, and callous towards Juliet. This indicates the relationship between Juliet and her parents as being unloving and unrepentant. Another example of this is when Lady Capulet says: 'So shall you feel the loss, but not the friend which you weep for ' This is also very callousing, unsympathetic, and insensitive. This indicates the relationship between Juliet and her parents as being unloving and uncaring, and tactless. ...read more.

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This shows the love and affection that Lady Capulet had for Juliet. This indicates the relationship between Juliet and her parents as being amorous, loving, and affectionate, that Juliet played a key part in her mother's life. Lady Capulet calls ' Help, help! Call help.' This shows that she is unquestionably very concerned for Juliet's well being. Capulet enters. He says: 'Death lies upon her life an untimely frost, upon the sweetest flower of all the field.' This shows that he thought she was a beautiful girl, and better looking than all the others. This shows his compassion, and loving care for Juliet and how highly he thought of her. He then goes on to say: 'Death hath tane her hence to make me wail' We can tell from this that he will grieve, and mourn over Juliet as he thinks fate has done this to him to make him 'wail'. This shows he had affection for Juliet, he cared for her and devoted love to her. This shows the relationship between Juliet and her parents as being loving, caring, affectionate, and cherished. The relationship between Juliet and her parents stayed formal and distant. The relationship was respectful, reverential, courteous, dutiful, acquiescent, subservient, submissive and compliant. It was an isolated outlying bond that she had with her parents, however, this relationship changed subsequent to meeting Romeo. It started to gradually become less reverential. Juliet started to gradually defy, rebel and flout her parents. This became stronger, until the relationship broke down to antagonism, anger, aversion, disgust, and callousness and was compassionless. This is due to the depth of the love that Juliet had with Romeo. Then once Juliet had believed to die the Relationship started to slide to being compassionated, affectionate, and cherished. ...read more.

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