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Explain the interaction between the old and young and explain what (we & they) learn from each generation

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Task: Explain the interaction between the old and young and explain what (we & they) learn from each generation. In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, he tells a tale of "A pair of star crossed lovers". Unusually for Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet focuses on two very young people. Throughout the play there is a contrast between the young and older characters in the play. The interaction between the characters is very important as it would form what happens in the play. In Shakespearean times there were probably different interactions depending on how you were related to each other. One of the main themes in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the relationship between the young and old. It is a story of two generations failing to understand each other. There is a contrast between the behaviours of both, young and old characters throughout the play, although at times there are similarities. There's a struggle between the young lovers and their parents, because of this, Romeo and Juliet each need to have an older confidant to guide them and to help them handle their parents. Juliet confides in her Nurse and Romeo confides in Friar Lawrence. Both Romeo and Juliet trust their judgements without questioning, even though the children's parents would not trust the Nurse or the Friar's advice. These older confidants unintentionally confuse Romeo and Juliet; this directly leads to the tragic end of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.


When Tybalt recognizes Romeo at the masked ball, he asks Lord Capulet to tell Romeo to leave, but Lord Capulet comes to a decision and allows Romeo to stay, to avoid a confrontation. 'This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy... Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe.. A villain that is hither come in spite' then Lord Capulet speaks, 'Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone... You'll make a mutiny among my guests!' This shows clearly Lord Capulet's responsibility, he did not want to cause problems at his own ball. It also shows Tybalt's irresponsibility and eagerness to cause a fight. Lady Capulet wants and wishes for Juliet to marry Paris, who is related to the prince and would make a good husband, but Juliet's decisions leads her to her marriage with Romeo. 'The valiant Paris seeks you for his love... Read o'er the volume of young Paris' faces... And find delight writ there with beauty's pen' From this, the audience/reader can see that Lady Capulet has thought very carefully about Juliet's future, and whom she is to marry, she is very concerned about her daughters future and social status. It also shows us that Juliet is disobedient, she acts impulsively and doesn't think about her future or what will happen. Juliet's disobedience would lead an Elizabethan audience to expect a tragic end. ...read more.


However she was already married to Romeo, and when Paris left she went to Friar Lawrence to seek his advice. He told her to take a potion to make her parents believe she was dead, and that he would send a letter to Romeo explaining the situation. Juliet then decided to follow the Friar's advice. 'Give me, give me! O, tell not me of fear... Farewell dear father!' We clearly see that Juliet would follow any advice without any thought. She is very grateful to the Friar and trusts him to make sure that Romeo receives the letter. The audience would be annoyed with Juliet for not following Lady Capulet's own advice to get married to Paris and that they know that the Friar is giving bad advice. The audience would definitely know that there will be a tragic ending to the play. Romeo and Juliet's fate leads them to their tragic deaths, they kill themselves and rest in peace together. From this tragic loss the two families, Montague and Capulet ended the feud and restored peace amongst themselves. They raised a statue for their dead children, Romeo and Juliet. Although there are many examples of stereotypes in the world, people do not always act in the stereotypical way. Shakespeare has shown this in his tale of "A Pair of Star Crossed Lovers", Romeo and Juliet by giving the characters their own unique and special personality and qualities. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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