• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Juliet and the Nurse, Romeo and the Friar? How do these relationships compare to the lovers' relationship with the parents?

Extracts from this document...


How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Juliet and the Nurse, Romeo and the Friar? How do these relationships compare to the lovers' relationship with the parents? "Romeo and Juliet" is set in the beautiful city of "fair Verona". "A pair of star-crossed lovers" have to deal deception and manipulation to exercise their love. Their families are great enemies with a long running feud. Both have weak relationships with their parents but have very close relationships with two other people. This play was written in the 16th century, 400 years ago by William Shakespeare. It a play love, hatred, trust, revenge, manipulation, deception and parent-child relationships. The nurse acts a prestigious link between the audience and the concept of the play. When this play was written, 400 years ago, the kinds of people that went to the theatre to watch this were of the working class. The nurse is also of working class so the audience feel that they can relate to her and that they are on common ground. In act 1 scene 3 when Shakespeare uses the line "Madam, I am here. What is your will?" he forces the audience to believe that Juliet shows great respect and deference to her mother. ...read more.


She is certain of Juliet's age and her parents aren't this shows just how close she and Juliet are. In act 2 scene 3 Friar refers to Romeo using the word "Son" and Romeo to the Friar as "Father". This indicates that there is a father-son relationship. By the Friar questioning Romeo's previous 'love' for Rosaline by asking "Is Rosaline...so soon forsaken?" he is showing the audience that Romeo had confided in him before and indicating at their tight bond. It also shows that the Friar has picked up on Romeos fickleness. Friar says to Romeo "Young men's love then lies, not in their hearts but in their eyes" this is saying that Romeo was only in 'love' with Rosaline because she was beautiful and not for what was inside of her. This points to Romeo's fickleness. It also points to the father son relationship because it is a father like statement. Later in this scene Friar refers to Romeo as his "pupil" indicating that not only could it be a father son relationship but a pupil student relationship. The Friar also nicknames Romeo "Young waverer" which is referring to the fact that he can't make up his mind about who is in love from one moment to the next and that they are so close that he can give him a nickname. ...read more.


They all trust one and other and none of them betray another person's trust. This is what true friendship is about. This is what Shakespeare is trying to say. Notice that The Nurse didn't care that Romeo was a Montague but she saw that Juliet was happy and that was all that mattered and this is the same for the Friar. Manipulation, deception and lying is all part of a 'normal' parent-child relationship. This is more than apparent in this play. Both Romeo and Juliet have to lie to their parents as they do not want them to know that they are in love with the sworn enemy. Juliet has to pretand that see is going to shrift when really see is going to marry the sworn enemy. She has to pretend that she does not want to marry Paris because she does not feel ready. But the audience knows better, they know that the reason is because she is already married to Romoe. Obviously love is the most obvious of the themes, it is the the one that the whole play is based upon. Two madly in love teenagers are struck by the arrow of love. They have to do through so much so that they can be together. They are prepared to risk all they have ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. The Nurse and her relationship with Juliet.

    This enables Lady Capulet to call her back. They seem to have no secrets from her. Therefore the lady involves the nurse in her discussion with Juliet about her possible marriage to Paris.

  2. How does Shakespeare present the relationship between the older and younger generations in Romeo ...

    For example, during Shakespeare's time, the Puritans closed the theatres, as they believed all forms of enjoyment to be sinful. Many people were religious at the time and sin was blamed for all problems at the time. Therefore, religion is also a major theme in the play, though the characters

  1. Discuss how the relationship between Juliet, her nurse and her parents is show to ...

    Lady Capulet treats Juliet like one of her servants. If she clicks her fingers she expects Juliet to be at her side. Juliet shall go to her. She won't go to Juliet. This suggests that they have a non-existent relationship and Lady Capulet has no feelings for Juliet.

  2. Romeo & Juliet : Relationship between Juliet & Parents

    In the first speech he says "for still thy eyes, which I may call the sea, do ebb and flow with tears", which compares Juliet to nature. In his second speech he is frustrated that after he took the effort to find Juliet a husband she is making "excuses".

  1. Discuss the relationship between parents and their children in Romeo and Juliet

    He thinks for himself and does not have a blind hate for the Capulets, as Tybalt does for the Montague's. Romeo is even prepared to 'deny thy farther and refuse thy name', he even describes his name as 'hateful'. This shows that Romeo's parents have not managed to inspire Romeo

  2. Explain the Relationship between Juliet and her Nurse.

    This is a conveyed downfall in their relationship. But the Nurse also says 'Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nurs'd'. Here, the Nurse is proud and fond of raising Juliet. She is also complimenting her. Although the Nurse is Juliet's servant, she isn't really treated as one.

  1. How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Juliet and her father?

    hasn't seen much of the world she is still young and not ready for marriage. This tells the audience that Capulet really loves his daughter and wants to spend more time with her. So in this particular scenespear sphere presents the relationship between Juliet and her father as close.

  2. The play is written by William Shakespeare, it is about two star-crossed lovers whose ...

    Lord Capulet loves his daughter and we can see an example of this when speaking to Paris he say's 'And too soon married are those so early made. Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she; She's the hopeful lady of my earth.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work