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Exploring how Shakepeare presents parents and children in 'Romeo and Juliet'

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Rachel Marshall 11BN Exploring how Shakespeare presents parents and children in 'Romeo and Juliet'. One of the key themes in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' is how children and parents interact with each other. In this essay I will be exploring how Shakespeare portrays and presents the relationship between parents and children in the play. The role of parents is to care for their children, protect their children and help their children. When Shakespeare wrote 'Romeo and Juliet' parents were more authoritarian, they expected children to do what they told them to and when they told them to, they were insistent. Other people in the play also had a parenting role, for example The Nurse is more of a parent for Juliet having bought her up, and Friar Lawrence was more of a father figure for Romeo, he often turned to him when he needed help. This paragraph is about Romeo Montague and his relationship with his parents Lord and Lady Montague. Romeo has a typical teenager and parent communication problem, "O where is Romeo? Saw you him today?" this shows that Romeo does not communicate with his parents and doesn't tell him where he is going. When Benvolio asks if Lord Montague knows what is wrong with Romeo he says no. ...read more.


"My child is yet a stranger in the world, She hath not seen the change of fourteen years." This shows that Lord Capulet cares for Juliet, he doesn't want her to rush into marriage, and he is reluctant to let her, even though it was the tradition in those times, Capulet says she is too young. And he also says that she is too young physically to be having babies. "Capulet Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride" Capulet thinks that maybe Juliet will be ready to be wed in 2 years time. "But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart" Although he thinks that she should have some choice in who she marries, which shows that he wants her to be happy in her future. This talk shows that generally he is a loving, caring and protective parent. "She's the hopeful lady of my earth" In Act 1 scene 3 Lady Capulet goes to talk to Juliet about the idea of an arranged marriage. "I came to talk of, Tell me, daughter Juliet, How stands you dispositions to be married?" However Juliet's servant, the nurse continually interrupts the conversation with memories of when Juliet was younger and how she is the one that has been there and done everything for her all of her life. ...read more.


"Balthasar No. my good lord." But Friar Lawrence fails to contact Romeo and the plan falls to pieces. When Romeo hears that Juliet is dead he goes straight to the apothecary to get some poison. "Put this in any liquid thing you will And drink it off, and if you had the strength Of twenty men it would dispatch you straight." In the end both Romeo and Juliet commit suicide, and it is only their deaths that can bring their household's feud to an end. This shows that the children had more power than their parents. In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' William Shakespeare does not give us a very positive picture of parents and the relationship they have with their children. He shows that parents are Authoritarian and do not really talk or listen to their children. Some points in the play show Montague and Capulet sticking up for their children, but otherwise they turn to other parent figures to help them and talk to them. But in the end both the nurse and friar John let down Romeo and Juliet. Their parents were definitely very authoritarian and they expected for them to do what they told them to, for example when Lord Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris and threatens to throw her out of the house if she doesn't. Overall Shakespeare does not paint a very good picture of relationships between parents and children in the play 'Romeo and Juliet'. ...read more.

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