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Explore the way in which Shakespeare dramatises the relationship between father and daughter in 'Romeo and Juliet' with particular emphasis on Act 1 scene 2 and 3 and Act 3 scene 4

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Explore the way in which Shakespeare dramatises the relationship between father and daughter in 'Romeo and Juliet' with particular emphasis on Act 1 scene 2 and 3 and Act 3 scene 4 In 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare explores and contrasts the passion of two lovers with the violence and bitter hatred between their families. Shakespeare also has a strong theme of male domination in the play, and helps express this with the relationship between Juliet and her father, Old Capulet. Old Capulet is the head of one of the two households in contrast, Romeo is a member of the other household, the Montagues. His parents and his relationship with them is barely mentioned in the play, apart from when his Mother, Lady Montague dies of grief, after hearing Romeo had been banished, her son's exile had 'taken her breath'. In contrast to this Juliet's relationship with her father is one of the main underlying storylines in the play, and the way it is dramatised helps explains why many things are the way they are in Verona, which is the city which the Capulets and the Montagues live in. ...read more.

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Act 3 Scene 4 happens on Monday, just the day after that in which Juliet and her family were introduced, but even in the short space so much has happened. Romeo and Juliet have been married, Romeo has killed Juliet's cousin Tybalt in revenge for Tybalt killing Romeo's best friend, Mercutio, and he will be banished. Nevertheless, Juliet's family, apart from the nurse, have no idea about her relationship with Romeo. This signifies to the audience that she does not trust her mother and father, not because she does not tell them, but because she told her nurse. The contrast of her parents ignorance of her marriage indicates the closeness and love briefly suggested by Old Capulet in Act 1 Scene 2 was an act put on to impress, rather than a father's true unconditional love for his daughter. Act 3 Scene 4 is important for dramatising Juliet's and Old Capulet's relationship as it is in between two central scenes of the play, Act 3 where Romeo finds out his punishment for murdering Tybalt will be banishment, and then in Scene 5, Juliet secretly losing her virginity to Romeo, before he is banished. ...read more.

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This is all in contrast to Capulet calling her 'the hopeful lady of my heart' in Act 1 Scene 2, and describing his love for her. Shakespeare dramatises the relationship between father and daughter in Act 1 Scenes 2 and 3, and Act 3 Scene 4, by contrasting it to the passion of young lovers to the irrational thinking and power hunger of an old man, and compares the different reactions of father and daughter to marriage. This shows the audience the lack of communication and trust between the two. Throughout the play the audience I] s struck by the way Old Capulet and Juliet's relationship changes almost everyday. One moment he is exhibiting the love of a father, the next he is controlling her, using her to gain a higher social status. I believe this is because Old Capulet had to make a choice, with his last living child, Juliet. He had to choose between his desire to love Juliet as a father, and his need to marry her off, using her to control his social status. When Old Capulet chooses to use her in Act 3 Scene 4, in between scenes of such infatuation and excitement, this truly shows the audience the shallow relationship between Juliet and Old Capulet. 1 Dina Rickman 10B.4 - final draft ...read more.

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