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How does Shakespeare use language to portray the Capulets as traditional medieval parents?

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Introduction

How does Shakespeare use language to portray the Capulets as traditional medieval parents? "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic, romantic play written by William Shakespeare. The play is set in the town of Verona, were rivalry has thrived between two families; the Capulets and the Montages. Romeo who is Montague meets Juliet a Capulet, at a party. Fate has brought them together and they both immediately fall in love. Later they find out there families have a eternal feud. Romeo decides he loves her never the less and they confess love for each other and decide to marry the next day. Friar Laurence agrees for them to get married in effort for the feuding between the families to end. At the same time the Capulets are planning Juliet marriage to Paris. Juliet does not what to marry Paris as she is in love with Romeo and decides to take some fake sleeping potion so everyone thinks she is dead. She arranges Friar Laurence to send a message to Romeo to let him know that she is faking her death. But unfortunately Romeo does not receive the message and believes that Juliet has died. Therefore he drinks poison and dies. When Juliet's sleeping potion wears off, she is awaken to find the corpse of her love. ...read more.

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Medieval fathers brought enormous pressure on their daughters to marry the man he chose unlike parents nowadays would be more considerate to accept their children's point of view. Mockery is another language device Shakespeare uses to emphasise the Capulets as traditional medieval parents. For example, Lord Capulet imitates her childish voice and says" To answer, I'll not wed, I am too young, I pray pardon me" to Juliet. Medieval parents neglected their children's opinions and insulted them unlike parents today who are more supportive. The quote above demonstrates the fractious nature of Lord Capulet who assumes that Juliet is too young and too childish because she is refusing the good fortune offered to her. Another language device that Shakespeare employs to show the Capulets as typical examples of medieval parents is threatening language. Capulet shows impatience, while speaking to Juliet for example, "Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage/ You tallow face! ". "Green sickness-carrion" is a double insult; it means she looks as green as something that has been dead for long and she is afflicted with sickness that comes from being a girl. Another example is, "To go with Paris to Saint Peters Church/Or I will drag thee hurdle thither", Capulet is humiliating Juliet and threatening to drag her on a prisoners sledge to the church. ...read more.

Conclusion

The point that Shakespeare is making is that parents use to low grade their children and make them feel unwanted, unlike parents today who want their children to feel comfortable and wanted at home. Metaphors are another language device Shakespeare uses to display the Capulets as medieval parents. For example Lady Capulet irritatingly says to Juliet "I would the fool were married to her grave" .The point Shakespeare is making is that traditional medieval parents were very cold and unpleasant if they didn't get their way. The quote above means that if Juliet does not marry Paris the thing for her to do is die, her parents will feel shameful and deeply insulted if she rejects Paris, as Paris's family will no longer respect the Capulets. Shakespeare uses exclamation marks to indicate Capulets as medieval parents. For example Shakespeare uses exclamation marks to emphasise Capulets strong feelings such as," Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch!" This shows that Capulet was threatening Juliet by making unpleasant remarks. This shows that medieval parents did not think about there children's feeling unlike parents today who understand their children's feeling very well. In conclusion medieval expected too much of their children and didn't understand their feelings as they were treated in this way when they were children. Life was hard for medieval children; they had a lot to cope with unlike children today who are very enthusiastic. Arsha Ali 10a3 ...read more.

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