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Examine the relationship Juliet has with her parents and how it changes by looking closely at their language in Act 1 sc2, Act 1 sc3 and Act 3 sc5.

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Examine the relationship Juliet has with her parents and how it changes by looking closely at their language in Act 1 sc2, Act 1 sc3 and Act 3 sc5. Through the duration of the play there are many different contrasts and changes to relationships. The most prominent being the shift of Lord Capulet's feelings for Juliet, from love to almost hatred and disappointment. This is shown through imagery, language, and contrasts. The context of the play also helps understand the reasons why the relationship drastically disintegrates. In medieval times girls like Juliet would not be that close to parents and would have "Wet nurses" to cater for their every need. Also little education was ever given to girls; all their purpose was to marry into a good family and continue the family. Juliet's life was so cloistered that she would only be allowed out to church. Also her own husband would be chosen on her behalf and she would not be allowed to question it. Therefore Lord Capulet is very radical as he says, "my will to her consent is but a part". ...read more.

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As a result Lady Capulet would be quite detached of Juliet. Also as a woman, Lady Capulet would not have much say in things to do with Juliet's welfare. As a character Lady Capulet she is quite ambiguous and quietly blends into the background, with the exception of a couple sharp remarks "Here comes your father, tell him so yourself; and see how he'll take at your hands". She just lets Juliet defend her self even though she is highly vulnerable at the moment. Also another observation of the relationship is that it is very impersonal and instead of addressing Juliet with warmth and love, Lady Capulet says "my daughter Juliet". The pivotal point of the relation ship between Juliet and her parents happens in Act 3 scene 5, where Tybalt is killed in a fit of rage by Romeo (Juliet's lover/husband). When Juliet hears have this she is distraught and confused. This is where the calamity of the situation becomes apparent. Lord Capulet enters and is unhappy to see his daughter and tries consoles her," how now a conduit, girl... ...read more.

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The only feeble attempt she makes is "you are too hot". Which is Lady Capulet trying to calm Lord Capulet's hot temperament. Lady Capulet even goes on to even disown Juliet "do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee" Which shows Lady Capulet has given in to Juliet and therefore washes her hands of her. This is the last nail in the coffin for Juliet. Romeo and the nurse are now her only remaining pillars of strength. There is a very dramatic change in Lord Capulet's personality he goes from a loving father to a fuming hothead, all this from a refusal. In his time this would not be uncommon some might even say is what Juliet deserved, but in our time this is seen as brutal, and inconsiderate. All in all the relation ship between Juliet and her parents completely disintegrates as a consequence of Juliet's forbidden love. In those days her parents' reaction would not be uncommon and would be quite expected. The language used to convey this is a mixture of expression and cleverly chosen imagery. ...read more.

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