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Explore the relationship in act 3 scene 5 between Juliet, Capulet and lady Capulet

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Explore the relationship in act 3 scene 5 between Juliet, Capulet and lady Capulet Williams Shakespeare's, "Romeo and Juliet" is a well known play written between 1594-1595 in the Elizabethan period. Of its time it was a modern piece, which touched on the crucial issues concerned with love, marriage and power. Shakespeare's use of the Italian city of Verona to introduce the two feuding families, the Montague and Capulet, who have been at war for generations. Throughout the plays Shakespeare places great emphasis on the war between the families to shock audience, Romeo and Juliet, cross the line between these families and the two destined enemies fall for each other immediately. Before I explore the relationships I shall give a brief build up of the events preceding act 3 scene 5 Benvolio (Montague) ...read more.


The prince then banishes Romeo after hearing what happens from Benvolio. The nurse tells Juliet what happened to her cousin and her husband. Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence and the friar tells him to leave the city and go to Mantua. Capulet tells Paris he can marry Juliet. In the story Shakespeare uses a typical example of a nurse maid being the main carer in Juliet's life. So when Lady Capulet wants to speak with her child by herself she lacks the confidence and closeness without the help of the nurse. 'Nurse, give leave awhile; we must speak in secret-Nurse come back again.' The fact she feels the need to call back the nurse shows Lady Capulet's inability to communicate in a motherly way with her daughter. At the beginning of the play Juliet is presented as a 14 year old girl, who is respectful, obedient and does as an Elizabethan child is expected. ...read more.


The word 'our' is used as a decoy he knows he alone runs the house but it is said to present a united front between himself and his wife. The order within the Capulet family is a typical example of the Elizabethan family structure. It is Juliet who must obey Lord and Lady Capulet, then Lady Capulet who must be dutiful and obey her husband. The only power Juliet has in this kind of structure is that of her own life. 'If all else fail, myself have the power to die'. This is a bit ironic considering at the end of the play she does not really intend to die it is just an unfortunate series of events which escalates to him killing her. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sam Jackson 41125 6312 ...read more.

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