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Highlight the Views of a Number of Characters Regarding Love and Marriage In Romeo and Juliet, Appreciating the Social, Historical and Cultural Influences of the Time.

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Highlight the views of a number of characters regarding love and marriage in Romeo and Juliet, appreciating the social, historical and cultural influences of the time. In this play there are seven main characters: Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Lord and Lady Capulet, Friar Laurence, and the nurse. All of their views on love and marriage are different. Here I'll be looking at Juliet's, Mercutio's, and Lord Capulet's views in great detail. I choose these characters as their views on love and marriage vary in great detail. At first Juliet does not want to marry, she says "It is an honour that I dream not of." She does not care about wealth or status, just about love. She does not want to marry someone she does not love. She believes that marriage is a holy, sacred thing. Juliet falls in love quite quickly. Even though Juliet does not want to marry, she tells her mother she will "look to like, if looking liking more." In other words, she wants to please her parents and be obedient but she doesn't really want to. ...read more.


This shows that she believes that marriage is a holy thing, which you can't mess about with, for instance she can't have two husbands, if both are alive, just to please her father because it doesn't follow her beliefs. In conclusion, I believe that Juliet believes in love at first sight, she believes in true love and that she does not care about the persons background or family, just about the person. Juliet believes that marriage is holy and sacred and that she should honour her husband, no matter what. This is a typical Roman Catholic viewpoint. Yet it is not a typical viewpoint for at the time, marriages were normally arranged by the father, love was not considered, only the wealth and the family of the man were important. Mercutio, compared to Juliet, has a very course view on love; he is only interested in the sexual aspects of love. He mocks Romeo for being gentle, he ridicules the lover and he makes rude, suggestive jokes. Mercutio teases Romeo from the start for being a lover. Romeo says "I have a soul of lead so stakes me to the ground I cannot move." ...read more.


In other words he wants a good son in law to inherit his land when he dies. Lord Capulet becomes quite moody and angry when Juliet says she does not want to marry Paris, he is more concerned with the fact that he has been looking for a good suitor for a while and has now found one rather than the fact that his daughter does not love the man. His small speech in Act III scene V, lines 177-197 makes this apparent. He has draconian views; he would use force to get his own way, and can't comprehend why Juliet doesn't want to marry. He threatens to ostracize her if she doesn't marry Paris. In conclusion I think he does not think much of love and he believes that people do not need to love each other before they marry, it just helps if they do. He believes that marriage is not a holy thing, more of a way to get a wealthy connection for the family. They live in a patriarchal society, a male dominated society. Lord Capulet is a patriarch, he is the head of the house so therefore Juliet has a duty to obey him, he can't see what is wrong with an arranged marriage. ...read more.

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