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How does Shakespeare present the relationship between parents and children in Romeo and Juliet, paying special attention to Act III Scene IV?

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How does Shakespeare present the relationship between parents and children in Romeo and Juliet, paying special attention to Act III Scene IV? Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is seen as one of the most familiar of his plays. It is set in Verona, a city in Rome. The play is set around a set of two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets. The cause of the feud is unknown, and doesn't become clear throughout the play. Their hatred for each other however, is strongly evident throughout the play. The main characters, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, fall madly in love with each other at first sight. As they are both young and impressionable, they begin a passionate relationship, and agree to secretly marry after only knowing each other less than two hours. The scene I am focusing on, is the scene after they have just consummated their marriage. Romeo has to leave abruptly, as his banishment for killing Juliet's cousin is in force, and if he is caught, he will be sentenced to death. Juliet apprehensively lets him leave. Thinking that she will never see him again, she starts to cry. ...read more.


It is almost as if she is trying to make him sound so fantastic that Juliet should be lucky to be marrying him. Juliet then shows her despair at having heard the news, as only she and the nurse know of her marriage to Romeo. 'He shall not make me there a joyful bride!' She then goes to make excuses as to why she should not marry him. 'I wonder at this haste, that I must wed...I will not marry yet; and when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris.' She is stating that it is too soon for her to marry anyone, let alone Paris, and by using the phrase about Romeo, she is trying to shock her mother, by saying that she would rather marry some one she supposedly hates than Paris. She then goes on to ask her mother to tell her father for her. 'I pray you to tell my lord and father.' This shows the reader of the authority of Capulet over his daughter, as it shows that she is too afraid herself to tell him that she does not want to marry the suitor that he picked out. ...read more.


'Or if you do not, make the bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies'. By making that threat, she is hoping it will shock her mother, which goes to show how desperate she is. Lady Capulet just dismisses her, and walks away. 'Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee'. This shows how little concern Lady Capulet has for her daughter, and how little she cares for her. The Nurse and Juliet then talk about what Juliet should do now. 'O Nurse, how shall this be prevented?' By going to the Nurse for advice, Juliet is showing the bond that they share is deep, as the Nurse is only one of two people that know about Julie's marriage to Romeo. Throughout the play, deception is a strong theme. Juliet's bond with her parents is not strong, and this is shown by her dependence on the Nurse, and by how little her parents understand her. Romeo and Juliet is seen by all as a play of young, great love, and if Julie's relationship with her parents had been that of a closer one, perhaps the play would not have come to its tragic conclusion. Holly Waterman 11E ...read more.

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