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Examine Juliet's relationship with her parents.

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Examine Juliet's relationship with her parents. During this talk I will discuss the ideas of parent children relationships and the times when the children reach a certain age group 11-18. During this age group the relationship between the parent and child can sometimes change. In some situations the relationship can continue from both parties to be loving and caring however conflict can occur, here in the 21st century this is normally because of the things in the world that children at that age become aware of, these are: alcohol, drugs and boys which in a lot of situations lead to sex. But this relationship can also involve small things like messy bedrooms and schoolwork. As I mentioned these things all cause a problem for us in the 21st centaury however in Elizabethan times this was less likely to occur this is because during the Elizabethan era a woman was the property of her father until she was given to her new master, her husband. Her father decided the course of a young woman's life and then later that decision-making process was passed to her husband. Women moved from their father's home straight into the role of wife and had little choice but to accept that they lived in a male dominated society. ...read more.


This quote shows us that Capulet seems reluctant initially to arrange Juliet's marriage despite the presence of a suitable husband, this suggesting she is still too young. This would be considered quite normal to arrange a marriage for a daughter as young as twelve, so Capulet is perhaps not so typical here. Paris then chooses to argue that there are younger girls who are mothers. "Younger than she are happy mothers made." Capulet then suggests that marrying too young can spoil young women. "And too soon marr'd are those so early made. Earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she; She's the hopeful lady of my earth." This point in the play suggests that Capulet's marriage may be an example of this. Capulet then explains that it is Juliet's choice to choose whom she wishes to marry; again Capulet appears to be the loving father. With no suggestions of forcing Juliet to marry as might have been expected in a patriarchal society. "But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart, My will to her consent is but a part; And she agreed, within her scope of choice Lies my consent and fair according voice." ...read more.


This making us think maybe her own marriage was based on this consideration. Juliet is now confused at this statement but once again shows she is willing to obey her mother. In act2 scene 5 it is the nurse Juliet turns to for help and advice, we know this because Juliet waits impatiently for the nurse's return from Romeo. "The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse; In half an hour she promis'd to return." The nurse then teases her when she arrives. "Jesu, what haste! Can you not stay a while? Do you not see that I am out of breath?" This shows a good-natured relationship, more like a mother and friend together than Juliet's mother is to her. As the nurse is very excited about the marriage she willingly helps her. At act 3 scene 4 Capulet apparently contradicts himself by arranging the marriage with Paris as he feels it would help make Juliet get over Tybalts death. Capulet and Lady Capulet then arrange to speak to Juliet about marriage. But while speaking Capulet decides to arrange the marriage even after Juliet's wishes not to marry Paris, he says she'll do what he tells her to do. Compared with act 1 scene 2 we see Capulet being like a typical father in a patriarchal society instead of looking out for Juliet's feelings as he had before. ...read more.

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