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Explore the relationship between Juliet and her parents in Romeo and Juliet, focusing particularly on Act 1 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 5.

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Question 2 First Draft Explore the relationship between Juliet and her parents in Romeo and Juliet, focusing particularly on Act 1 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 5. Romeo and Juliet, written by the world famous playwright, William Shakespeare, around 1595, is one of the most well-known plays in the world; it follows the story of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet - both teenagers who matured and changed during the play, but Juliet's changes standing out the most. In this essay, I am looking at the relationship between Juliet and how it changes with her parents, focusing particularly on Act 1 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 5. There are many events in the play that support the idea of Juliet's change, most of which interact with her mother. I am going to respond to the essay title by looking particularly at Juliet's attitude before and after the ball (where she met Romeo), her parent's attitude towards their daughter and its relevance to society today. During the Elizabethan times, men were placed much higher than women in status; women were expected to do what they were told and it was frowned upon whenever a woman tried sharing an opinion or idea. Children were expected to nearly worship their parents and do whatever their parents said; this was even more pronounced with the power fathers seemed to have over their daughters. ...read more.


Peter's Church, Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride". When Lady Capulet tells Juliet she is going to marry Paris, Juliet is crying; There is a double meaning in Juliet's grief because Lady Capulet thinks her daughter is crying over the death of her cousin, Tybalt, when she is actually crying over Romeo's exile to Mantua. Moreover, in the beginning she said she would try to like Paris if her mother wished but after her mother gave her the news, she replied with: "Now by Saint Peter's church and by Peter too, He shall not make me there a joyful bride! I wonder at this haste that I must wed ere he that should be my husband comes to woo. I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam, I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris. These are news indeed!". After saying that she has totally disregarded her family, even if her parents are trying to make her marry Lord Paris only because of his inheritance and position in society. In this part of the scene there is also an example of dramatic irony, where the audience know she has already married Romeo but she is lying to her parents when she also says "Indeed I never shall be satisfied with Romeo till I behold him--dead" but everyone knows that the last thing she wants is Romeo dead. ...read more.


to kill themselves for each other and finally, tragedy; Juliet defied her parents in her love for Romeo but only for her happiness to be short-lived when he killed himself when he heard of Juliet's "death", so it all backfired on her. Overall, in Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet I think Juliet matured from being a weak little girl, to a dedicated strong willed wife killing herself for her husband. Juliet transformed in less than a week, which says she did not change much, but there is a definite difference in her personality from before she met Romeo to after she married him. Many events towards the ending of the play suggest she is very obstinate, which is quite different from the beginning of the play before Juliet even thought of marriage or defying her parents and family. Referring directly to the change in Juliet's relationship with her parents, I believe that if Capulet and his wife behaved more like parents, Juliet could have been more truthful about her love for Romeo, and her defiance leading to her parent's outrage could have been avoided. I also think if she had not killed herself and the play continued realistically she would have got over her lust for Romeo and gone back to that same sweet disposition. In the beginning she was a little less selfish also. The drastic changes that Juliet went through in such a short amount of time shows how powerful love is. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sasha Jhalli 10a 1 ...read more.

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